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Woman on Top

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Penelope Cruz and little else in this so-so comedy

Movie R 2001 85 minutes
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Woman on Top fosters a sense that dreams can come true, that gods can be angered, that we have entered a magical place where anything can happen. The magic that Venezuelan director Fina Torres and first-time screenwriter Vera Blasi spin here is none too subtle. The scenes in which Isabella mesmerizes her Culinary Academy students are charming, and her friendship with a black San Francisco transvestite sidesteps cliché in large part because neither the relationship nor his transvestitism bog down with explanation.

What doesn't work so well is the husband Toninho. The movie wants us to yearn for Isabella to take him back, but why should she? Not only is he an adulterer, he's insensitive. What lingers of the film isn't the romance so much as the sumptuous food, the Latin rhythms, and the charisma of Penelope Cruz.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 13, 2001
  • On DVD or streaming: February 13, 2001
  • Cast: Ana Gasteyer , Harold Perrineau , Penelope Cruz
  • Director: Fina Torres
  • Inclusion Information: Latino directors, Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 85 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: some strong sexuality and language
  • Last updated: December 9, 2023

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