A movie like the Jon Favreau comedy Chef begs for a litany of puns, so let's get them out the way. This undercooked but still flavorful comedy is missing key ingredients, resulting in something that's not quite a full meal.
Carl Casper (Favreau) was an aspiring chef, a Superman Chef if you will, impressing critics and stomachs alike with his unique dishes. Unfortunately that was 10 years ago, and Casper is now heavier and a little more corporate, preparing the same dishes night after night. When local food critic Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt) arrives for a tasting, Casper wants to make an entirely new menu, but the restaurant owner (Dustin Hoffman) wants nothing of the sort: he orders Casper to prepare his 'hits.' The result is a scathing review that insults Casper, leading him to quit after losing a Twitter war with Michel. Casper's ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara) feels bad for the big guy and sets up a meeting with her first husband and wealthy wacko Marvin (Robert Downey Jr), who gives Carl an old food truck. Together with his son Percy (Emjay Anthony) and kitchen lieutenant Martin (John Leguizamo), the trio trek across the country, selling Carl's unique menu to lines of adoring fans while he and his son re-connect.
Luckily, Chef doesn't stay bad for long - you'll definitely want to eat before seeing it, and anyone on a diet is gonna feel tempted. But its comedic moments and spicy soundtrack outweigh a decidedly undernourished feeling as you drive home.
Chef is rated a surprising R for language, including some suggestive references and has a runtime of 115 minutes.
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