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Chef (2014)

 -  Comedy  -  30 May 2014 (USA)
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A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

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Abuelito (as Jose C. Hernandez 'Perico')
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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 Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Starting from scratch never tasted so good.

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Rated R for language, including some suggestive references | See all certifications »

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$204,961 (USA) (9 May 2014)

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$31,237,528 (USA) (5 September 2014)
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When Carl and Percy are at the movies you can hear iron mans weapon going off See more »

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When they are loading the equipment onto the truck at the beginning of the movie, ostensibly in Miami, mountains are visible in the background. See more »

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Percy: Where are we?
Inez: This is Little Havana.
Percy: Like in Grand Theft Auto?
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, there is a brief scene of chef Roi Choi teaching Jon Favreau how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. See more »

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References Tosh.0 (2009) See more »

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Mi Swing Es Tropical
Written by Nicolas Desimone, Hector Alomar and Will Holland
Performed by Quantic & Nickodemus feat. Tempo & The Candela Allstars
Courtesy of Wonderwheel Recordings
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Chef isn't highly memorable, but it's entertaining
4 December 2014 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Director, screenwriter and actor Jon Favreau decided to make Chef, a film in which he travels through the United States satisfying his obvious gastronomic hobby. The result of that personal whim is an entertaining film, despite the seasoning of clichés from the kinda indigestible screenplay (ugh... I promise not to use any more culinary references in this review). The "crisis of the middle age" subject isn't very new, and it has been better handled in other films, either dramas (American Beauty) or comedies (The Hammer). In Chef, it is used to lubricate the gears of the story, but it doesn't feel particularly credible. And, well, that applies to many elements from the film, from the chef's "friend with benefits" to the forced sitcom homilies which solve everything during the ending. There's a persistent artificiality contaminating the whole movie, and even though that's not enough to ruin the experience, it "took me out" of the film in various occasions, invalidating various dramatic moments which lost impact and credibility. Fortunately, the agile direction and solid performances were enough to keep me entertained during this film. Favreau makes a good work in the leading role, and he's well complemented by Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofía Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo and Oliver Platt. I would also like to mention the perfect performance from the kid Emjay Anthony, who displays an exact combination of maturity and innocence and has a good chemistry with Favreau. So, despite its rancid narrative ingredients... (no; sorry, I can't say that). Despite its worn-out formula and pre-fabricated situations, Chef is an entertaining film, and I consider it worthy of a moderate recommendation.


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