1. The Plot
Recently released on May 9, 2014, Chef is a comedy film about a high-class chef named Carl Casper who is head chef of a restaurant in Los Angeles. After Los Angeles’ most famous food critic gives his restaurant a devastating review, Chef Carl unknowingly starts a Twitter war with him, which jeopardizes his image and eventually causes him to quit his job. He decides to take some time off with his ex-wife and son in Miami, his hometown, and he finds inspiration in starting a food truck.
2. Talented Cast
With a cast including Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey, Jr. and Dustin Hoffman, this film is full of A-list movie stars. Though granted a few of the actors and actresses only show up for a few minutes in the movie, it’s still entertaining to see them outside of their element in a comedy about food.
3. It’s a funny, feel-good movie.
For some of you (i.e. UChicago students and other victims of the quarter system), finals are coming up in the next couple weeks. Chef is a great movie to watch if you want to relax and have a laugh or two before exams. After all, it’s rated R purely for the language and comedic content, so it’s an all-around feel-good movie.
4. Good Ratings
Currently, Chef holds an 88% “certified fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 68 on Metacritic. Critics have called the film “charming” with a “sharp, funny script [that adds] enough spice to make this feel-good comedy a flavorful — if familiar — treat.”
5. Serious Food Porn
I will warn you now: do not go to this movie hungry. I’ve seen my fair share of spectacular food porn, but it’s even more glamorous when the food is blown up on a movie screen complete with surround sound, perfect lighting, presentation and the knowledge that you can’t have any of it. After you see Chef, you’re going to want some Cuban sandwiches (and pasta aglio e olio, beignets, gooey grilled cheese and carne asada, to name a few).