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Chef (2014)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  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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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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Chef: La receta de la felicidad  »

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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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The video Percy watches on his iPad is Freddie Wong's Medal of Honor Cat. This is a tribute to Jon Favreau and RocketJump studio's previous partnership during the filming of Cowboys & Aliens (2011). See more »

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During the wedding reception, Inez's father's band is playing. During the first few seconds of the scene, you can clearly see and hear him singing the lead. But, during the next few seconds, his voice is heard but his mouth is not moving. See more »

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Carl Casper: I'm like a cat playing a piano.
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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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Que Se Sepa
Written by Titti Sotto
Performed by Roberto Roena y Su Apollo Sound
Courtesy of Fania Records
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Jon Fraveau sure knows how to make an enjoyable flick
12 June 2015 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Coming from blockbusters like the praised "Iron Man" and the despised "Cowboys & Aliens",and despite being born to the cinema in an indie background, I never thought Jon Favreau could pull off a dramedy so jolly. "Chef" has such a good vibe to it that it's almost impossible not to smile when the movie starts. The opening shots lead us to believe that the plot of the film will only revolve around cooking and menus. However, ten/twenty minutes in and we can clearly understand the it has also other layers, such as, troubled father and son relations, lack of stimule to creativity affecting the main character (Chef Carl Casper), boss/employee relationship, etc. I would say the main purpose of the movie is to tell the story of a troubled middle aged man who wants to break out of the ordinary, have a proper relationship with his son and seeks a freely way of living, a more creative one. Besides the plot, the film also features an amazing cast, starting with Favreau and ending with Robert Downey Jr., amidst the gorgeous looking Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara. Dustin Hoffman also gives a good performance. The young Emjay Anthony is certainly a revelation. "Chef" was one of the best movies of 2014, a comedy for most of the time, with some drama bits which accentuate the light-hearted approach the director went for. The film is also a self-aware critic to all the gastronomic industry, with all it's critics and bloggers and the consequences one bad reckless sentence can have on a cook's life. Besides, social networking is also proeminent in the plot, whether through the usage of Twitter to promote the "El Jefes" food truck or even through the usage of Vine to publish short videos. The photography is competent, wherein the film shines on what concerns to soundtrack. The Spanish sounds grant it a very light-hearted vibe and make it very enjoyable to watch. "Chef" is, above all, a smooth flick and very, I repeat,very enjoyable to watch. Jon Favreau is a name to consider on the next years, starting with "The Jungle Book" slated to release on 2016.


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