Chef is a film I can take my mother to see, and we both enjoy the experience. There aren’t so many of those in the marketplace, fewer than there should be, so this is a recommendation.

Sometimes, you just want to see a pleasant, little, well-crafted film. No razzle dazzle. No unconventional story structure. Not too much emotional engagement. Really, sometimes a little escapism of the ordinary sort is just the ticket.

Jon Favreau writes, directs, and stars in this film about a chef, Carl Casper, who loses his way in a fancy LA restaurant and finds it again on a food truck. He finds a few other important things there, too.

Chef boasts a good cast (John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Sophia Vergara, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey, Jr., and the adorable Emjay Anthony as Carl’s son).

Make that an especially good cast. And, the performances go a long way toward propelling a film that might otherwise be a bit slight.

Although, is there anything sexier than a man who knows his way around the kitchen and exhibits (eventually) a passion for life?

Maybe my next boyfriend will be a chef? Nah, I don’t think I could handle the hours…though there could be other fringe benefits…I do love watching Carl Casper cook in this film.

You might, too.



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