Like Water for Chocolate

Movie review by
Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
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Passionate tale of lost and regained love.
  • R
  • 1992
  • 123 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

While the film shows great passion and some very strong women, it also portrays a constant presence of infidelity on the part of both men and women.


The mother abuses her youngest daughter both physically and emotionally, attempted rape occurs, and someone catches on fire.


Constant sense of sexual tension, some overt moments of eroticism (but tasteful), male and female frontal nudity, and multiple instances of childbirth

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional drinking with meals and during rabblerousing by revolutionaries.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Like Water for Chocolate is a mature and sensual movie. While not sexually explicit, sexual desire and threats of infidelity drive the entire film. It also includes a rather abusive (both physically and emotionally) mother/daughter relationship.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byemmastanley August 15, 2015
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byhendri September 22, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byheyooo January 22, 2019

an insightful read

I really enjoyed it. Also had recipes too :) Good strong narrative. Lots of food and love which are the main aspects of life :)
Kid, 12 years old February 17, 2011


I love it!!! I read the book for spanish, and it's amazing!!! The great thing about the movie is that the plot is very faithful to the book's plot, be... Continue reading

What's the story?

The youngest of three daughters in a Mexican family, Tita, is doomed by tradition to remain a virgin and forever care for her mother. LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE depicts the emotional struggle suffered by Tita following her loss of and longing for Pedro, and her attempts to escape the controlling fists of her mother. The film works through a series of highly charged relationships utilizing uncommon visual elegance and a sense of mysticism that visually depicts the Mexican literary tradition of magical realism.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about issues such as family duty, generational conflict, gender equality, and cultural traditions in Like Water for Chocolate.

  • Parents may also want to discuss how this film's use of magical realism differs from more traditional American writing and filmmaking.

Movie details

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For kids who love romance

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