Cruz runs away from Brazil when she catches her husband
with another woman (he just had to be on top - just
once!). She runs to San Francisco, develops a local
cooking show about Brazilian cuisine, has a brief fling,
becomes a network star, her husband chases her down from
Brazil. What will she do?
does look pretty darned colorful, and has Penelope Cruz,
which is something pretty electrical at times. It has the
easy-listenin' type of Brazilian "Girl from
Ipanema" type of music, and not a mean bone in its
body. You won't find it hard to watch, it has a
heart-warming ending, but there's no substance, and no
laughs to speak of.
General consensus: two
stars. Ebert 2.5/4, Berardinelli 1.5/4,
summary. 29% positive overall,
20% from the top critics.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 5.6, but Apollo users a savage
26/100. These scores are consistent with
the critical consensus.
- With their
dollars ... it wasn't a smash hit,
probably will break even after
everything. Budget $8 million, domestic
box $5 million. They thgought it would do
better, and it got a pretty wide 1000
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a D+ . I like a good
romantic comedy, but not this one. It is
watchable only because of the pretty sights and
sounds and good production values.