Nerdlocker Movie Review: Chef


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Simply through word of mouth, this small film went from playing in a mere two cities to now playing on over 1,300 screens across the nation. When I read this I knew I had to see what all the fuss was about and I am so happy I did. Chef could very well be a top ten film for me this year. This is phenomenal filmmaking from Jon Favreau, who not only directs but also stars in and wrote the screenplay. I cannot say this enough about the film; the characters are beautifully written and brought to life with such enthusiasm it’s a joy to watch. With fleshed out characters a great cast is needed to bring these characters justice and this particular cast is perfect! Everyone in this is likeable and humorous and holds their own to create one of the best films of the year. And the food… oh my goodness the food! Do not, I repeat do not see Chef hungry, it just may destroy you.


The amount of care that went into the making of this is all over the movie. It is very clear that Favreau made something here that he was truly passionate about and because of this passion, a real original and highly enjoyable film came out of it. Favreau said it best, “This is an R rated family film.” And that is a very apt description, however odd it may sound. There is language yes, but the story is so perfect and simple and it thrives because of its honesty and attention to detail. The details of the food and the details of this man’s family life are all handled with such control. A movie that both warms the heart and gets you laughing continuously is something special. With all the heart is possesses it also contains a brain allowing for mouthwatering shots of food being prepared accurately and eaten with complete submission.

Chef is about a man named Carl Casper (Favreau) and Carl is a chef. He loves to cook; it is his life’s mission to bring great food to people. As of late, though, his current situation as head chef of a restaurant has become a place of disappointment for him and so his food has begun to suffer as a result. He is missing that passion he once had for food and he is beginning to fall apart. On top of this he is always too busy for his ten year old son who wants nothing more than to be with his father, whom he greatly admires. Having just lost his job, Carl decides to go back to his roots, buy and a food truck and travel with his good friend and fellow chef, Martin (John Leguizamo) as well as his little boy, Percy (Emjay Anthony). On this trip they stop all over the country and bring great food to people; this was, after all, his greatest dream. In the restaurant he forgot why he started cooking so many years ago… for the love of it. He got too wrapped up in making money and forgot that he was allowed to be happy. He just may have found it once again.


This is a simple enough story that it works for a lot of people. Chef or not, it is easy to put yourself in their position. To be lost, to feel like you have no purpose in life and hopefully to find your way again. I think this experience speaks to most people who find themselves at a crossroads. It’s also a reminder that it’s okay to ask for help and to always remember that people are inherently decent and simply hope for an enjoyable day. In this case good food and good company is the recipe for contentment and even happiness. Although most of us are not lucky enough to have Scarlett Johansson and Sofía Vergara in our lives, so I guess it could always be better.

If only…

See this movie, you will love it I’m sure, I know I did. It is one of the best feel good films of the year without question. I can really find no faults with the movie and needless to say, this was a pleasant surprise. See it, please.

Rated R For: language, including some suggestive references
Run Time: 115 minutes
After Credits Scene: There are scenes mid-credits that are amusing.
Starring: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Sofía Vergara, Emjay Anthony
Directed By: Jon Favreau

Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 5/ Acting: 4.5/ Directing: 5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 5 Nerdskulls

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Chase Gifford

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