Parents' Guide to

Tortilla Soup

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

A harmless comedy that will make your mouth water.

Movie PG-13 2001 103 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Just okay...

This film is kind of boring in many ways. There is definitely sexual content in the film and some of it is promiscuous. Also, the father marries a woman in the same age as his daughters towards the end. While legal, some may find this cringe worth and not great for a young teen audience. While none of the scenes find anyone naked, I still found this to be more of an R than a PG-13 in content. It is somewhere between the two ratings, which is why I have placed it as okay for 16 year olds.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 18+

Absolutely NOT PG-13!

I was looking forward to watching this as a family, but was I ever wrong! Awkwardly tried to overlook a sexual phone conversation within the first couple of minutes, only to jump into a full sexual scene! All within the first few minutes! I don’t need my kids watching people having sex on a chair... Absolutely disgusting that anyone would think this content is appropriate for anyone other than adults! The rating on this needs to be changed to N-18 or R. Very disappointing. Please watch out for our children’s well being.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

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.

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