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USA: Trimark Pictures
UK: Helkon SK
Cast: Alfre Woodard, Julianna Margulies, Joan Chen, Dennis Haysbert, Ann Weldon, Mercedes Ruehl, Maria Carmen, Victor Rivers, Douglas Spain, A Martinez, Lainie Kazan, Maury Chaykin, Kyra Sedgwick, Estelle Harris, Will Yun Lee
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Countries: USA / UK
USA: 106 mins
UK: 109 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some sexuality, brief language and a perilous situation
UK Certificate: 12 contains brief strong language and some moderate sex references
USA Release Date: 17 November 2000 (Limited Release)
USA Release Date: 27 October 2000 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 31 August 2001
You are invited to a tasty Thanksgiving dinner that will all at once transport you to four different worlds and take you home again. On the menu this November are turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie - but also tamales, spring rolls, kugel, mac & cheese, love, betrayal, sibling rivalry, prejudice, politics, uninvited guests, unexpected accidents, outrageous conversations - and all the other succulent and spicy surprises that arise when modern families come together for an annual meal.
Coming together is the theme of WHAT'S COOKING?, Gurinder Chadha's funny, mouth watering and deeply moving vision of 21st century diversity and the future of the American family - all set on Thanksgiving. Flowing from California kitchen to California kitchen on this day of reunions and homecomings, Chadha follows four seemingly disparate families as they confront differences and familiarity; laughter and festering anger; shiitake mushrooms and mashed potatoes; near-disaster and, ultimately, the astonishing power of love to connect them all.