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What's Cooking?

comedy, drama


A funny, mouth-watering and deeply moving vision of 21st century diversity and the future of the American family.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    52%
  • Audience Score
    64%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5

A bit melodramatic at times, but still charming.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language and sexual references and encounters, including adultery and homosexuality. Characters smoke and drink. A child is in peril, and it gets very tense. The movie also includes family confrontations that may be upsetting to some people.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about family communication. They should discuss why so many people felt that they could not tell the truth to their families, and how they would respond to some of the crises faced by the family members in the movie. They may also want to talk about some of their favorite Thanksgiving memories.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    52%
    reviews counted: 18
    see all What's Cooking? reviews
  • Audience

    64%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's a meal you may feel you've eaten before, but you nonetheless walk away stuffed and happy.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: Patient viewers will find that by the time the sparks start to fly and the tears to flow, the wait will have been worth it, to say nothing of the laughs.

- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: The film's gluttonous overkill of food is matched only by its overacting.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A nice slice of LA suburban life.

- threefolddado, Monday, July 7, 2008

3 stars

Definitely watchable with some great performances (sup Alfre Woodard), but also painfully heavy handed.

- zeravenyoej, Thursday, November 13, 2008

3 stars

Great actors, but not very interesting storyline. A little too stereotypical, a lot too trite and concocted. Entertaining enough to watch to its conclusion, but not a very satisfying movie in the end.

- itsjustme2004, Monday, May 2, 2011