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Tortilla Soup

6.71 h 43 min2002PG-13
A Mexican-American master chef and father to three daughters has lost his taste for food but not for life.
Maria Ripoll
Héctor ElizondoJacqueline ObradorsElizabeth Peña
English [CC]
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Tamara MelloRaquel WelchPaul RodriguezConstance Marie
John Bard Manulis
Samuel Goldwyn Films
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1289 global ratings

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Edwina LeachReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I had watched this movie a couple of times years ago, and recently I wanted to watch it again so I just decided to purchase it so I could watch it any time I wished. It's funny but sad, thought-provoking yet leaves me with a warm, fuzzy feeling every time I watch it. All the stars are exceptional in their roles, and I especially like the Elizabeth Pena character. The world lost a great talent with her death, and that is one reason I wanted to own the movie. She and Hector Elizondo are simply a joy to watch!
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IloveromanceReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't Watch When You're hungry! Loved this movie!
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This movie had been on my TBW list forever and I'm really glad that I finally watched it. I didn't expect to love this movie so much, but it was amazing. The cast including Hector Elizondo (whom I've loved in so many movies and TV shows-Monk in particular), Jacqueline Orbradors (whom I loved on NYPD Blue) and Elizabeth Pena (love her too!) were wonderful! I really liked Paul Rodriguez because although he had some funny lines but it was nice to see a more dramatic side of him opposite Elizabeth Pena.
The storyline is family oriented, centering around a family of three daughters and their father and the relationship of the daughters with their respective love interests. It flipped back and forth between stories but it was really easy to follow and not confusing at all.
The food-OMG, the food shown was absolutely amazing and the filmmakers have made the food a star, which rivals the actors and actresses.
There is barely any swearing and no nudity at all, which was a wonderful surprise. Loved everything about this movie except for a few plot holes that could have been explained better, but overall "Tortilla Soup" is wonderful. I loved the way the Spanish and English were mixed so well. It really brought out the theme of the film.
I highly recommend it, but maybe not when you're hungry.
joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The food and dinner table binds the family together but is also where the troubles start
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Tortilla soup is about a close knit Mexican-American family led by chef Martin Naranjo (Hector Elizondo) and his three daughters Carmen (Jacqueline Obradors), Leticia (Elizabeth Pena), and Maribel (Tamara Mello) who still live with him. Each one starts moving on with their lives (moving out, finding a husband, etc.) creating the dilemma of whether they can keep their bond or not.

Food and dinner acts as the binding for the family. Martin makes huge elaborate meals every night and dinner is the one time when everyone comes together. It’s also an expression of the father’s love of his daughters. That’s also where the problems arise. The daughters make their announcements there, almost all of which anger and confuse Martin. It turns out the dad has some tricks of his own.

The film presents a very heart felt, funny and cute portrayal of the Naranjo family.
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Michael C.Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great and funny, family viewing movie.
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I purchased my copy used from a thrift outlet who received it from a school library; some of the scenes have been deleted (this was not indicated when I purchased the copy) I know this because I had already viewed the original uncut version of the movie; the original uncut version is much better than those modified versions. The movie is a definite family movie worthwhile for all to watch together; the cast is terrific and their roles are genuinely humanistic with their individual human egos to fit,; I recommend it (full uncut version).
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A RomeroReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Food, Family, & Life
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This is one of the best movies about a professional American family of Hispanic descent that I've seen in a long time. Revolving around the vast variety of dishes within the Mexican Cuisine, the movie tells the story of a conservative father who reared 3 daughters on his own after the passing of his wife. Although dealing with common family and cultural-assimilation issues, the members of the family remain united in love, as each of the daughters makes a life of her own. Not only was the story line touching and sprinkled with humor, but Hector Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors, Elizabeth Peña, Tamara Mello, and the rest of the cast's performances were outstanding. I highly recommend this movie!
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ScoutReviewed in the United States on February 3, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally, I understand why we clink glasses before drinking!
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My sister introduced me to this movie--and it has become one of my favorites! I can relate to the three sisters' love-hate relationships (I have two sisters of my own), and, of course, the adorable Hector Elizondo stars in this as their dad. It's a fresh, engaging look at a family (widowed dad and three daughters) in transition. Also, the whole movie makes you want to cook fresh Mexican food. Or maybe just go out and eat some. When I received the DVD, it came with about six recipe cards--one of them being for "Tortilla Soup". Worth making! Listen to the soundtrack while making it, especially Bill Conti's title track, and the glorious Bebel Gilberto's classic Sem Contencao. My favorite line: "Do you know why we clink glasses before drinking?... It's so that all the five senses are involved. We touch the glass. We take in the aroma. We see its color. We taste it. Hearing is the only sense that doesn't participate unless we create it."
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SylviaReviewed in the United States on December 9, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Food movie
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I love this movie! Especially because a Hispanic version of Drink, Eat, Man, Woman from the Taiwan version. I disagreed with Elizabeth Pena (bless her heart) when she stated in the movie that "Catholics pray to Saints, and Christians pray to God." Whoever penned this in t he script obviously do not realize that Catholics pray to God, too. Especially to him. We just pray to saints sometimes as a "chain of command" version. However, we DO pray to God. Either way I call this one of my Food movies because there is a definite show of food in it. There are several food movies I own and this is one of them. Hispanics definitely revolve our lives around the kitchen! lol
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BoomerLibrarianReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Watch Eat Drink Man Woman too!
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I really enjoy watcjomg Tortilla Soup which I do on a regular basis. However, I recommend viewing Eat Drink Man Woman, the screenplay and film on which Tortilla Soup was based. EDMW was directed by Ang Lee who co-wrote the screenplay. I'd give EDMW 5-stars! Both are great foodie movies.
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