Reviewed by: John Decker
cooking in the Bible
foods in the Bible
What does it mean to be “the husband of one wife”? Answer
dads who fail to know their kids well
problems of using social media to discuss private matters
using frequent vulgar and crude language
|Featuring:||Jon Favreau … Carl Casper
Scarlett Johansson … Molly
Robert Downey Jr. … Marvin
Sofía Vergara … Inez
John Leguizamo … Martin
Dustin Hoffman … Riva
Bobby Cannavale … Tony
Amy Sedaris … Jen
Oliver Platt … Ramsey Michel
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Jon Favreau … Producer
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|Distributor:||Open Road Films|
“Chef” begins as a story about a talented chef (Jon Favreau as Carl Casper) who struggles with a controlling boss (Dustin Hoffman), the safety of employment over the adventure of self-employment, and the importance of a relationship with his son from a previous marriage. Hence “Chef” confronts a mouthful of popular and important, practical cultural issues. This is followed up by a lot of food imagery bound to please foodies everywhere.
“Chef” is a good story written from the heart, but it contains enough guy humor, foul language, sexual and sex organ reference to be at home in the stinkiest of high school college locker rooms. There is some pot smoking, cigar smoking and, in general, a lot of mature content. Visually, the movie contains no sexuality save some tight fitting and sometimes low cut dresses.
This film is geared toward adults and perhaps secular/initiated older teenagers. It has merit, entertainment value, and is heart-felt, but at the very least, it’s for a mature audience.
Violence: Minor / Profanity: Heavy to extreme (over 50 f-words, “p*ssy” (6), “d*ck,” “pr*ck,” s-words (45+), “Jesus Christ,” “Oh my G*d,” etc.) / Sexual talk and language: Heavy (but no nudity or sex)
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.