Eat, Drink, Man, Woman

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1/2

Similar to LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, this movie revolves around the subject of food. Mr. Chu (Sihung Lung) is a renowned chef working for a big hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. His three very different live-at-home daughters are all adults and ready to be out on their own. Each Sunday night the widowed Mr. Chu prepares for his daughters huge banquets, whether they like it or not. The oldest daughter, Jia Jen (Kuei-Mei Yang), is a very conservative, dour Taiwanese Christian and has not yet married. Her family strongly disapproves of her being single. The youngest daughter, Jia Ning (Yu-Wen Wang), is looking for love in a student she befriends. The middle daughter, Jia Chien (Chien-Lien Wu) just wants to be out of the house which has changed so much since the death of their mother. The meals are the only time the family can communicate with each other, so it is by the Sunday meals that we begin to see the evolution of the Chu family. This is a slow-moving but graceful film in Chinese with English subtitles. It will be appreciated by those who enjoy good food and a plot with a few surprises.

The middle and the youngest daughter both get involved in sexual relationships before marriage, and intercourse is implied in one scene with the middle daughter. The youngest daughter becomes pregnant by her student friend, but he is responsible enough to marry her. The oldest daughter, because of her Christian principles, gets married hurriedly before things go too far. She is portrayed as a somewhat angry, prudish figure because she is a Christian. A Buddhist ceremony for the dead is also briefly shown, but not commented upon. Overall, there is only a limited amount of objectionable material, although there are a few sexual references and one obscenity which could have easily been left out. If they had, we could give this unique film a positive rating.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (6) times - Mild 4; Moderate 2

Obscene Language: Several (5) times (s-word 1, others 4)

Profanity: Few times - Regular 1 (G-d); Exclamatory 2

Violence: None

Sex: Implied once

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times - references to intercourse

Drugs: Drunkenness once, portrayed humorously

Other: Christian religion portrayed as overly strict and humorless

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Intended Audience: Adults

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