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Tortilla Soup (Maria Ripoll) 2001

Tortilla Soup is a passable film, though it's exceptionally predictible, and far from original. Last year's What's Cooking? was a better, and even more ethnically diverse, food obsessed family drama. Some performers, especially Elizabeth Pena and Racquel Welch, do good work here, but the material is rather light. The film does manage to stand as one of the few wide-release American films that manages not to rely on violence to further its plot. I would reccomend Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (which this film is a remake of) or 2000's "What's Cooking" before this film though, as those films are better and feature better food photography (this film's shot on digital video & looks somewhat washed out).

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September, 2001