Country: USA
Language: English.
Release Date: 2014
AKA: Chef: La receta de la felicidad
Starring: Jon Favreau. Scarlett Johansson.
Director: Jon Favreau.


Carl Casper (Favreau), is a chef who has a fight with a food critic on twitter, loses his job and decides to start up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise. He finds a few other things along the way, things he wasn't even looking for.

Jon Favreau wrote, directed and starred in this film and he has been called self indulgent for doing so. Though most film critics like this film there is a definite minority who do not like it and bemoan openly online about its downfalls. Personally, I don't understand the hate and thought the film was credible and honest, while at the same time being a bit wacky and a decent comedic offering.

The film has an incredible cast with John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jnr, Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara who all have great characters and scripting. Then there is Oliver Platt as the food critic, whose twitter war with Casper is hilarious and just plain mean in equal parts.

You shouldn't watch this film on an empty stomach as Favreau spends a lot of time putting together some incredibly good looking food. Foodie heaven. The dynamic once Casper, Percy (Casper's son) and Martin (Leguizamo) are on board the food truck is just super fun to watch. They drive the food truck from Miami back to Los Angeles and the three form a bond, especially when Percy, played beautifully by relative new comer Emjay Anthony, uses his tech skills to enhance their twitter, facebook and instagram and business starts booming.

This is a feel good film about relationships and working out what really matters in life, about stopping pride getting in the way of doing what you really want to do. The film meanders along gracefully with amiability and depth and a whole lot of soul. It's on my play list.