Woman on Top
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -2

Popular chef Isabella (Penelope Cruz) works the kitchen for her husband Toninhos (Murilo Benicio) small beachside restaurant in Brazil. But Toninho takes all the credit for the restaurants success, while Isabellas gift for cooking is never mentioned. She doesnt mind as long as he puts up with her extreme motion sickness, which means she must drive, climb stairs instead of elevators, lead when they dance and when they make love. But Tininhos male ego overrules his better judgment and when Isabella walks in on her husband with another woman, she abruptly moves to San Francisco to live with a friend. While there, her culinary gift is discovered at a small cooking school, and soon she has her own local television show. Toninho, simply crushed by her move, travels to San Francisco to reconcile with his wife. However, the task is not quite as easy as he thought, since Isabella has moved on with her life. Despite her success, Isabella is finding out shes not as in control of her life as she thought. A spicy, romantic comedy with plenty of fireworks throughout, WOMAN ON TOP should find its niche as a popular date movie.

Toninhos adulterous mistake early on, doesnt prevent the audience from feeling sorry for him as he pursues his beautiful bride to say hes sorry. By the end of the film, his aggressive nature and simple passion endear him to the audience. However, he is shown committing adultery, revealing female breast nudity in the process. Three other implied or graphic sex scenes include side female breast and rear nudity. Quite a bit of sexual dialogue is included as well, along with the title, a double meaning reference to a sexual position. Foul language is surprisingly light with mainly four f-words and four regular profanities. The Brazilian people also practice what seems to be a strange mix of Catholicism and a tribal religion that includes worship of and prayer to a goddess of the sea. The goddess is portrayed as helping or cursing people on several occasions. So, with the misleading spiritual messages, extensive sexual content, and scattered foul language, WOMAN ON TOP falls off the pedestal.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Distributor: Fox Searchlight, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

Crude Language: Few (4) times Mild 2, moderate 2
Obscene Language: Few (4) times - F-word
Profanity: Several (9) times Regular 4 (G 2, C 1, C Sake 1), Exclamatory 5 (OMG, MG)
Violence: Few times Moderate (woman cuts finger, man hit over head and bar fight ensues, men punched)
Sexual Intercourse: Few times Implied twice (couple in bed with side female rear nudity/ side female breast nudity), Graphic twice (motion and sound - no nudity, graphic with female breast nudity and motion)
Nudity: Several times (female breast and side female rear and breast in sex scene, female breast under net blouse); Near Nudity Several times (cleavage emphasized, transvestite in lingerie)
Homosexual Conduct: Several times (transvestite living as a woman)
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Many times (implied female self-gratification, references to particular sexual positions, crude reference to breasts, reference to manual stimulation, references to male genitals, couple kisses passionately)
Drug Abuse: Few times (smoking, alcohol)
Other: Woman vomits; man commits adultery but realizes mistake; Brazilian people engage in mixture of Catholicism and tribal worship of a sea goddess
Running Time: 83 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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