Tired of Action Flicks and YA Weepies?
CHEF (2014/IN THEATERS) If you’re looking for a little fun at the box office and you haven’t seen this lovely film yet, why not give Jon Favreau‘s “Chef” a go? It’s pretty straight forward story-telling with a great cast, plenty of mouth watering food, fabulous salsa-y music and even a cute kid, plus two hot chicks –Sofía Vergara and Scarlett Johansson—what more can you ask for? How about John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale as sous-chefs? Or even Dustin Hoffman as the bad guy restaurant owner of the film? Add to that Oliver Platt as a snobby LA food critic and Robert Downey Jr. in a cameo and you’re now part of a true Favreau ensemble piece. What fun! The plot is simple—our hero, the Chef (Favreau), walks out of his fancy restaurant following a bad review and even worse argument with the owner (Hoffman). Inspired to start over in Miami, he inherits a beat-up food truck and thanks to the help of his young son (played beautifully by young Emjay Anthony) and his number two (Leguizamo), he works his way back—and I mean all the way back. There’s nothing like a feel-good summer movie to start your June off right! Be sure to catch it. And save room for dinner afterwards.
BTW: Be sure to check out Favreau’s wonderful 2001-2005 series on IFC called “Dinner for Five.” The idea was to gather five Hollywood types (many up and comers, and B-listers) over a nice dinner and just talk about anything and everything. Many episodes are online now via YouTube. The guest list is fabulous and so much fun.