tortilla soup

Have you seen “Tortilla Soup” yet? A remake of Ang Lee’s “Eat, Drink, Man Woman,” this is a must-see movie that I’ve been recommending to everyone who’ll stop long enough to listen. Even Juan loved it, and we’re talking about a 16-year-old guy here, so it can’t be that much of a chick-flick.

Even if you haven’t seen the original, and I highly recommend that you do, you need to see this movie for an incredible glimpse at a Mexican American family. Hector Elizondo gives a great performance as the confused but well-intentioned father of three Chicanas who seem to lead their lives through their emotions. His daughters are imperfect women who struggle in their personal lives and their roles as sisters, daughters, lovers and potential wives. It’s a movie about family and all the baggage that goes along with it. It is divine.

Did I mention that I absolutely loved this movie? True, it isn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen and it could have been improved in many ways, but there aren’t that many movies that show a Latino family where there aren’t drugs, criminals or murders. Sad, isn’t it, that I get so excited by a movie that shows an ordinary family? Doesn’t that just tell you about the state of the world?

Anyway, Juan said that he’s going to tell everyone he knows to watch the movie so they can understand what it’s like to live with three sisters. And not just three sisters, but three Latina sisters, who can give anyone and everyone hell on a good day, especially each other. {{I smile fondly as I recall this.}} Watch the movie, if for no other reason than to please me.

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