‘What’s Cooking’ Is the Perfect Thanksgiving Movie You’ve Probably Never Heard of

Moviestore Collection Ltd / AlamyA Jewish family quasi-closeting their lesbian daughter. A Vietnamese-American teenager being yelled at for having a condom while no one realizes her brother is hiding a gun in the house. A black Republican fighting with his son over affirmative action. A Latina mother sharing a table with her ex-husband who slept with her cousin.These are not the Hallmark card images of Thanksgiving that are surprisingly, and often relentlessly, still packaged to Americans. But in 2000, What’s Cooking? interwove these four seemingly disparate family stories together into a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast of a film—one that serves up gỏi cuốn, kishkas, and empanadas along with its turkey. Now, two decades later, it remains the most authentic, charming, and hands-down most satisfying Thanksgiving movie.Ironically, not being American may be the very key to creating a film that accurately captures the most quintessentially American holiday without getting weighed down in saccharine or schmaltz. Much like Thanksgiving itself, What’s Cooking? is a British brainchild. The movie is directed and co-written by Gurinder Chadha, the British Indian filmmaker behind the globally beloved Bend It Like Beckham and last year’s jubilant, Bruce Springsteen-fueled Blinded by the Light.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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