Chef . . . A Feel Good Flick, A Diamond In The Rough


Manasota Key (Storch Report) — Hey, if you want to see a feel good humorous movie, one that captures today’s entrepreneurship and social media to brand a product, with an excellent cast playing small parts and staring Jon Favreau who plays Chef Carl Casper, you will be pleasantly surprised . . . it is a gem of flick that ends before you want it to, and that’s good.

As IMDb describes it, “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, Riva, (played by Dustin Hoffman) ordered him to make against his instincts.”

It is fast paced, with rapid dialogue that comes off as being very realistic to today’s frenetic society style of speak.

With his career in ruin, his ex-wife Inez, played by Sofia Vergara who is a pleasant visual to male heterosexual eyes who can also act, suggests he refit an old food truck in Miami to offer his own quality of cooking, which turns out to be Cuban sandwiches.

Love is still in the air between he and his ex Inez . . .  and with his son Percy, played by Emjay Anthony, a young already accomplished actor . . .  and an old colleague, Martin, played by John Leguizamo . . . who adds the humor and cornstarch to a hot crotch while driving across country, there is a connection to family that is more important than food.     

The three travel back to California creating a sensation and in so doing Carl discovers that he is serving more than simply food that pleases him and his customers . . .  and Percy through Twitter is branding a product through social media and a one second video spliced together of each day placed on the internet . . . but he, Carl, is developing a more meaningful connection with his family that is a gastronomic delight in its own way.

I don’t do movie reviews, my last one was Midnight in Paris written and directed by Woody Allen, now my all-time favorite replacing Casablanca, so you can see where I’m coming from.

I found the movie Chef, to be a diamond in the rough.

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