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Like Water for Chocolate

By Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Passionate tale of lost and regained love.

Movie R 1992 123 minutes
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Too much sex
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Based on the first novel by screenwriter Laura Esquivel, this movie presents a visually stunning tale of repressed passion, lost love, and the magical powers of food. Like Water for Chocolate swept the Ariel Awards (Mexico's equivalent to the American Oscars), garnering awards for best picture, acting, direction, screenplay, cinematography, set design, and production design. From story to execution, it exudes quality.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 1, 1992
  • On DVD or streaming: August 10, 1999
  • Cast: Caroline Aaron , Lumi Cavazos , Marco Leonardi , Regina Tome
  • Director: Alfonso Arau
  • Inclusion Information: Latino directors, Female actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 123 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexuality
  • Last updated: September 16, 2023

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