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Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate) (1992)

(R) 105 mins

Plot Summary: Passionate Tita (Lumi Cavazos) is in love with Pedro (Marco Leonardi), but her controlling mother (Regina Torné) forbids her from marrying him. So when Pedro marries her sister, Tita throws herself into her cooking — and discovers she can transfer her emotions through the food she prepares. A feast for the senses, this magical romance from director Alfonso Arau was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a Golden Globe.

Serious Jest:  (Worth Watching)  I barely gave this one 3 mugs, without having read the book, so if you’ve read the book, you might give it less.  The story is a good folk tale, and gives one insight into some aspects of Latino culture (i.e., traditions & so much more are often passed down through food; the strange traditions regarding family duty, even in the face of common sense).  While watching the movie, I suspected the book is better, and I have been told by others that it is. The actor who played John was very exaggerated, although I don’t know if that was done on purpose. Further, I had problems with Pedro’s initial decision (the big one); as Tita later points out, there seem to have been many other decisions that would have made much more sense. Warning: this is a chick flick! In the end, though, my identity as a hispanic edged out my identity as a manly man, so I gave this movie 3 mugs instead of 2, since the story is worth having in your cultural hard-drive.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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