42 Grams (2017)



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After working at some of the world's best restaurants, Jake's aggressive personality kept him from finding a kitchen to call home. A chef without a restaurant, Jake began cooking fifteen-course menus out of his apartment. Alongside his dedicated wife Alexa, their "underground" restaurant becomes a foodie hot spot. The experience is unique: they present refined flavors while dirty dishes soak in their bedroom. A year later, they take out a lease on an abandoned chicken joint to open a real restaurant, 42 Grams. The film follows them developing menus, hiring and firing staff, shows Jake's temper, the strains on their marriage, and, extraordinarily, the awarding of two Michelin stars in the first year.

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Based on what we see in "42 Grams," perhaps the place collapsed under the weight of the chef's massive ego.

Jan 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Give it your all and you can lose it all-that's the lesson, accompanied by the frenetic Philip Glass-like string arrangements that have become de riguer in the now ubiquitous genre of tortured-chef portrait.

Jan 26, 2018 | Full Review…

All in all, this doc offers a sumptuous meal for lovers of fine food and the challenges of creativity.

Oct 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Fascinating portrait of a young chef has some cursing.

Feb 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A revealing but too-narrowly focused documentary on the making-of-a-Michelin-starred-restaurant and its cost on a young couple's lives.

Feb 13, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

42 Grams offers a look at what it means to fully live your passion. This film should be appealing to anyone who has meditated on how to define their success and what it truly costs to be an "overnight" success.

Jan 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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