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Rated R · 115 minutes · 2014

Comedy drama
You can’t help but wonder if there’s some autobiography in Chef, the new film from director Jon Favreau. After all, Favs broke in by writing Swingers, riding the crest of the indie wave of the mid-1990s, but now he’s known for big-budget stuff like Iron Man. Chef, about a famous chef who gives the finger to his high-profile restaurant to get back to his roots, seems very much like Jon Favreau hitting reset on a career that made him really rich and famous, but maybe compromised his artistic bent. The film is entirely good-natured, so positive in fact that you keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. But Chef is the lazy Sunday of movies: It’s a beautiful day, there’s no drama and, oh, what tasty food. Seriously, even though the film is no masterpiece, the food alone makes it worth seeing. Just not on an empty stomach.
Director: Jon Favreau
Producer: Sergei Bespalov, Jon Favreau, Karen Gilchrist, Molly Allen, Mark Manuel, Ted O'Neal, Gleb Fetisov, Oleg Teterin, Marina Bespalov, James Brubaker, Jere Hausfater, Philip Elway, Tim Smith, Paul Brett, Anne Sheehan, Jerry Fruchtman, Peter Fruchtman, Craig Chapman, Boris Tererov, Scott Steindorf, Dylan Russell and Jason Rose
Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Emjay Anthony, Robert Downey Jr., Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale and Amy Sedaris

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Connect Savannah Review: Chef It’s a road trip story, a male-bonding movie, and a food comedy with no unpleasant aftertaste. by Bill DeYoung 06/06/2014
Gambit Review: Chef Ken Korman says Jon Favreau’s New Orleans-set comedy about a food truck operator is sweet and tasty by Ken Korman 05/27/2014
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Charleston City Paper Will Schutze brings the art of puppetry to the streets You may have met him at the corner of King and Calhoun, or perhaps you've seen him at the City Market. by Kinsey Gidick 07/16/2014
New Times San Luis Obispo Review: Chef Ken Korman says Jon Favreau’s New Orleans-set comedy about a food truck operator is sweet and tasty by Ken Korman 05/27/2014
Inlander Order Up After a decade making blockbusters, Jon Favreau returns to his indie roots with Chef by Marjorie Baumgarten 05/28/2014
Seven Days Chef by Rick Kisonak 05/28/2014
Chicago Reader Jon Favreau serves up a turkey with Chef Jon Favreau tries to go back to his indie roots with Chef, a dumb comedy about a renegade cook. by Ben Sachs 05/14/2014
Portland Mercury Warning: Foodies Jon Favreau takes a rambling foodie road trip. by Alison Hallett 05/21/2014

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