Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
Robert Downey Jr.,
When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.
Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins..
Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
Carl Casper is an acclaimed chef with a family life that seems as decaying as his artistic freedom. Those frustrations boil over into a raucous viral-videoed public confrontation against a restaurant critic who panned his cooking of food that his boss ordered him to make against his instincts. Now with his career ruined, Carl's ex-wife offers an unorthodox solution in Miami: refit an old food truck to offer quality cooking on his own terms. Now with his young son, Percy, and old colleague, Martin, helping, Carl takes a working trip across America with that truck to rediscover his gastronomic passion. With Percy's tech savvy and Martin's enthusiasm, Carl finds that he is creating a traveling sensation on the way home. In doing so, Carl discovers he is serving up more than simply food, but also a deeper connection with his life and his family that is truly delicious in its own way. Written by
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When Carl and Percy go to the cinema they are watching Iron Man. Jon Favreau both directed and starred in that movie also. See more »
When Percy creates Carl's Twitter account they settle on the name @ChefCarlCasper. Yet Carl's very first tweet, which he thought was a private message to Ramsey Michel, was shown to have been posted by @CasperCarl. For the remainder of the movie his Tweets correctly identified him as @ChefCarlCasper. See more »
Written by Dennis Coles, Robert F. Diggs, Gary E. Grice, Lamont Hawkins, Isaac Hayes, Jason Hunter, Russell T. Jones, David Porter, Clifford Smith and Corey Woods
Performed by El Michels Affair
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Pardon my pun, but I found Chef to be such an appetizing entrée that delivers upon which the aromas promised. Chef takes director Jon Favreau into the indie world where he began, and he delivers one of the best films of 2014. Not only is this a satisfying movie, it's a movie that makes the actual food look delicious! I am in the mood for a Cuban sandwich now. What I really liked about the film is how it is actually a heartfelt father/son story with pure characterization instead of a movie just about the food. The food does add some exotic flavoring though.
Favreau's film is about a chef named Carl Casper who works tiring hours at a trendy restaurant and has an estranged wife and son. After losing his job at the restaurant, the once-promising chef decides to put his career back together by starting a food truck business along with his best friend, and tries to put his family back together in the process.
The film has many A-listers, but I actually sort of enjoyed their roles were played to the minimum. Jon Favreau does a great job in the lead role and is quite funny. John Leguizamo does a solid job as his best friend. Newcomer Emjay Anthony was excellent as Favreau's son. As far as the cameos go, Robert Downey Jr's and Dustin Hoffman's are the ones to keep an eye on.
Overall, Chef is one of the best films of 2014. The story is clever, engaging, and funny and it truly works even if it does not tread new ground. I loved the addition of the food and how they attempt to make the food look delicious, even if I do not care for some recipes. My advice to people is do not watch this movie on an empty stomach or you will be sorry. A fantastic, heart-warming movie.
My Grade: A+
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