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
Jon Favreau … Producer
|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.
…Jon Favreau cooks up a small delight… bright and bouncy and has a great, propulsive soundtrack…
—Stephen Whitty, The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)
…aggressively feel-good movie… “Chef” tells a standard father-son bonding story in which a devoted dad passes on his wisdom. …
—Stephen Holden, The New York Times
…entertaining …Jon Favreau serves up a lightweight, high-calorie confection that may be an acquired taste. …
—Joe Leydon, Variety
…The good news is that his slow simmer approach here never puts us off for too long as the camaraderie between him and his cast gives “Chef” its mild yet tasty spice. [3/5]
—Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
…It has lots of smart things to say about social media, criticism and father-son relationships—while also appealing to fans of food porn and mildly raunchy buddy movies. … [3/4]
—Lou Lumenick, New York Post