Chef (15)

Directed by Jon Favereau
Starring Jon Favereau, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Carnavale, Sofia Vergara

Jon Favreau goes indie after his big budget Iron Man gig in this slightly self-indulgent but entertaining comedy drama about a arrogant chef, Carl Casper who quits his high end restaurant job after a nasty spat with a critic and rediscovers his love of cooking by opening a food truck. Along the way he reconnects with his young son and ridiculously understanding and gorgeous ex-wife Sofia Vergara.
This is definitely a food porn movie - you'll want one of those Cuban sandwiches afterwards! Entertaining guest spots from Robert Downer Jr, Dustin Hoffman and Scarlett Johanssen (it's good to have famous movie star pals) and a good witty script only let down by a too pat ending and an over abundance of a Twitter plugs.
Not enough laughs to be an out and out comedy, not gritty or realistic enough to be a drama. Nevertheless, enjoyable if a bit of a vanity project.

June 2014

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