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Chef's Special (2008)

Fuera de carta (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 11 April 2008 (Spain)
Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) stars as Chef Maxi, a culinary genius/drama queen with too much on his plate.

Director:

Nacho G. Velilla
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Cámara ... Maxi
Lola Dueñas ... Alex
Fernando Tejero ... Ramiro
Benjamín Vicuña ... Horacio
Chus Lampreave ... Celia
Luis Varela Luis Varela ... Jaime
Cristina Marcos ... Marta
Alexandra Jiménez ... Paula
Junio Valverde ... Edu
Alejandra Lorenzo Alejandra Lorenzo ... Alba
Mariano Peña Mariano Peña ... Álvaro
Fernando Albizu ... Valero
Carlos Leal ... Pascal Sánchez
Alberto Jo Lee ... Dae-Su
Jesús Fuente Jesús Fuente ... Director del colegio
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Storyline

Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) stars as Chef Maxi, a culinary genius/drama queen with too much on his plate.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Spain]

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

11 April 2008 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Chef's Special See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,394,912
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Fernando Fernán-Gómez was originally slated to play a role, but died before shooting began. See more »

Connections

Featured in Fuera de carta: Así se hizo (2008) See more »

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Groenlandia
Written by Bernardo Bonezzi
Performed by Los Zombies
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A good family comedy including gay characters
4 May 2008 | by osanjoseSee all my reviews

I saw this film afraid of what I was going to see was going to be something like Chuecatown (a self indulgent comedy about gays just for a group of gays). But I found something much better suitable for broader audiences.

There are gay characters but the story show them as people with their good and their bad things. They are not idealistic perfect, nor the weeping victims of society, not evil, they're just persons. And that's a good staring point for the "normalization" of gay people also in movies.

Of course there are some stereotyped behaviors, either from gay or heterosexual characters, but fits very well in the play, and are not very far away from some real truths.

Most of gags work very well, the story is credible and having in mind that is a comedy for all family is a good entertainment. Maybe in some countries that prefer kids to watch violence than love scenes it can be somewhat slightly sexy, but here it is perfectly suitable for all family, as I think it should be.

A very good "Opera-Prima" for a director/writer of sitcoms in Spain TV channels.


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