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When Chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner, he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love.
Comedy - This comedy-drama is unlike both writer/director Jon Favreau's
blockbuster films such as Iron Man or his earlier independent
comedies such as Swingers, being a much more low-key and
gentle film aimed at older adults. Fans of Favreau, who also has the
lead role, should enjoy, as well as those of Sofia Vergara, who has a
change of pace role here. Familiar faces such as Scarlett Johansson,
Dustin Hoffman, and especially Robert Downey Jr. have very small
roles. Language, adult subject matter, and some drug use make the
film inappropriate for kids.
Jon Favreau IDENTITY THIEF, COUPLES RETREAT, G-FORCE Robert Downey Jr. THE JUDGE, IRON MAN 3, THE AVENGERS Scarlett Johansson CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, HER, DON JON Dustin Hoffman KUNG FU PANDA 2, BARNEY'S VERSION Director: Jon Favreau COWBOYS AND ALIENS, IRON MAN 2, IRON MAN, ZATHURA
Roger EbertFull Review Good The script, alas, is somewhat less dramatically meaty than the entrees. Let's just say the final outcome is as almost-as-expected as the bill at the end of an evening of dining out. But it is a pleasure to sit back and enjoy the goings-on as performed by an engaging troupe of actors... This is comfort comedy, pure and simple.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Cynics, be warned. There isn't a surprise to be found in Chef, and its bow-tied finale may be too cheesy for some. But gooey is the point here. Like one of Carl's golden-brown creations, Chef is meant to be enjoyed as a sit-down meal, not snatched on the run. Pass the butter.
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