Woman On Top

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20th Century Fox Released 2000

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Director:
Fina Torres
Released:
2000
Rating:
R
Woman on Top is a romantic comedy with a fantasy twist, starring Penelope Cruz as Isabella, a beautiful woman and talented chef whose life is plagued by her motion sickness. Isabella can control her sickness by remaining in constant control of her motion—if she's in a car, she has to drive. If she's dancing, she has to lead, And if she's making love, she has to be on top. Isabella and her lover, Torinho, opened a restaurant together in Salvador, Brazil. Their restaurant flourishes because of Isabella's world-class cooking. Torinho begins to feel out of control and emasculated by Isabella's talent and her special needs. After he has an affair with a neighbor, Torinho and Isabella separate, launching them both on paths of self-discovery. It will take a lot of work (and a few sacrifices to the sea goddess Yemanja) to get the young couple back together and back on track. Woman on Top is directed by Fina Torres and co-stars Murilo Benicio, Mark Feuerstein, and Harold Perrineau Jr.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety

    A fantastical romp with a buoyant pace, exotic locations, a finger-popping score, appealing leads and spicy cooking demonstrations.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    This would-be spicy film has been made blandly palatable.

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    If Penélope Cruz were any less attractive, maybe someone would have noticed how dull this mild, would-be romantic fairy tale has turned out.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance