Tortilla Soup

  • Review Date: October 13, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2001

Common Sense Media says

A harmless comedy that will make your mouth water.
  • Review Date: October 13, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2001

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The young women of the family take sex lightly; a few incidents of casual sex may offend more conservative parents.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

There are several sexually suggestive scenes, including one in which a man and woman break a chair with enthusiastic lovemaking.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters are shown drinking socially.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that two of the three daughters in this film sleep with men they are not married to; one even continues a sexual relationship with a man who used to be her boyfriend and is now just a friend with "fringe benefits." Otherwise, the film is fairly innocuous and tame.

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What's the story?

TORTILLA SOUP centers on a Mexican-American family in L.A. Martin Naranjo (Hector Elizondo) is a widower, the former chef-owner of a gourmet restaurant, and father to three willful daughters. Leticia (Elizabeth Pena), a prim and proper teacher with the hots for a new coach at school, Carmen (Jacqueline Obradors), a high-powered career woman on the verge of moving out, and Maribel (Tamara Mello), who has decided to put off college while she "finds herself." Meanwhile, a close family friend brings her pushy Mom, Hortensia (Raquel Welch) for a visit in which she instantly develops eyes for Martin. Each week, while the family vents its problems, Martin fills the Sunday dinner table with sumptuous delights.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As in Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, the lovingly photographed shots of food in Tortilla Soup are its best feature. Watching Martin pound chiles with a mortar and pestle, peel avocados, and fry up squash blossoms for soup could have made for a magnificent film on its own.

Unfortunately, the directors chose to instead, load the film with melodramatic twists and predictable, unconvincing dialogue. However, this is a decent-enough film for rabid foodies, fanatical lovers of gentle family comedies, and families looking for something sweet and gentle to watch together.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about food movies, such as Babette's Feast, Big Night, or Eat Drink Man Woman, the original version of this film. Can you think of other movies that feature food as a major element? What makes these movies fun? What does the food -- and its preparation -- symbolize in this movie?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 9, 2001
DVD release date:January 20, 2004
Cast:Constance Marie, Hector Elizondo, Raquel Welch
Director:Maria Ripoll
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Comedy
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:Sexual content

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Parent Written bystrongmorals101 June 7, 2011
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

NOT OKAY

I think this film is disgusting. To allow our childrn to view young, sexually promiscuous women with no morals is reprehensible. Images like these will scar our children forever and create millions of pregnant. teens. I fully believe this movie should be banned and rated N18

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 5, 2012
AGE
3
QUALITY
 

tortilla soup

As in Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, the lovingly photographed shots of food in Tortilla Soup are its best feature. Watching Martin pound chiles with a mortar and pestle, peel avocados, and fry up squash blossoms for soup could have made for a magnificent film on its own.

Unfortunately, the directors chose to instead, load the film with melodramatic twists and predictable, unconvincing dialogue. However, this is a decent-enough film for rabid foodies, fanatical lovers of gentle family comedies, and families looking for something sweet and gentle to watch together. Families can talk about food movies, such as Babette's Feast, Big Night, or Eat Drink Man Woman, the original version of this film. Can you think of other movies that feature food as a major element? What makes these movies fun? What does the food -- and its preparation -- symbolize in this movie?

What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written by915071 May 8, 2013
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

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