Friday, May 9, 2014

Opens May 9th, 2014 (Limited Release)
1 hr 55 mins
Rated R


Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau as Carl Casper
Sofía Vergara as Inez
John Leguizamo as Martin
Scarlett Johansson as Molly
Oliver Platt as Ramsey Michel
Bobby Cannavale as Tony
Dustin Hoffman as Riva
Robert Downey, Jr. as Marvin
Amy Sedaris as Jen
EmJay Anthony as Percy

Review by Stephen M.

Plot: When Miami-born workaholic chef Carl Casper is fired from the restaurant in Los Angeles whose kitchen he manages, he returns to Miami and ends up fixing up a food truck he names El Jefe Cubanos. He plans to drive across the country to reclaim his success in L.A.

A movie about food especially the delicious dishes that Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) dishes out will leave you hungry.  Does the movie leave you satisfy though?  For the most part I enjoyed the film especially the way it shows how one can pursue their dreams by becoming their own boss.  New York City abundant with food trucks and their social media marketing has always fascinated me.  To see how the fictional "El Jeffe" catches on is informative and entertaining.

However, the real underlying bones of this movie is not about food trucks or foods despite it being an important part of the story.  Rather it is about the bonding of a father, the chef and his son Percy (EmJay Anthony).  The parents separated but still friends, with the mother, Inez played by the beautiful Sofia Vergara.  Percy lives with his mother, with Carl and Percy "hanging" out on their visits.  But frequently Carl's passion for his work cuts short their time together with Percy longing to hang out with dad at his restaurant.

The movie features several big name stars in this independent film, including Dustin Hoffman as Riva, Carl's boss at the restaurant, Scarlett Johansson as Molly, a coworker of Carl at the restaurant and Robert Downey, Jr. as Marvin, the ex-husband of Inez whom sets up Carl with a food truck.  All of the performances are outstanding with no exception.  I am a bit surprised that Scarlett's character was not utilized more though.  Robert's character is just hilarious.

Overall, I would recommend this film to any foodies.  The film drags a little in the middle but then picks up again when he gets his food truck.  The scene where Chef Carl lets the food critic have it touches me as an amateur movie critic.  But the ending between the two is quite gratifying.  With movies like these, is when I wish it was in 4D so we can actually have a bite of the delicious food from the movie!


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