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About as exciting as the PBJ and flat diet soda I just had for lunch.
The film's payoff is about as novel as a scoop of lemon sorbet.
An amusing soufflé of a comedy that pokes fun at foodies while honoring the art of those who cook for them.
It's meant to be a soufflé-light charmer, but the bland, predictable French comedy Le Chef basically falls flat.
Very light French foodie comedy, seasoned with a touch of romance, that never quite boils over into farce.
It's definitely not love at first sight for this odd couple, which makes for good laughs, but their love of food and life enables them to find the right mix of ingredients for a very funny movie.
There's very little to tax or surprise the viewer, but it's a fun swipe at those who take their food too seriously.
If you laugh, Le Chef is working. If you cringe, it's best to walk out and request a refund.
A cinematic meal that goes down fairly easily, but isn't tasty enough to be memorable.
As insubstantial and flavorless as one of the newfangled molecular dishes that Lagarde so vehemently despises.
Le Chef isn't breaking any cinematic barriers here, but sometimes leaving the theatre with a smile on your face is haut satisfaction enough.
I'd love just about any truly toothsome comedy about French cuisine that convinces, but in this case, I'll go American and say Jon Favreau's Chef does a far finer job with everything on the menu.
Despite a light, breezy tone and a likable cast, this film doesn't really amount to much outside of some empty and hollow storytelling, with one incredibly racist scene.Â It's a movie that hopes its breezy and light atmosphere will more than make up for its deficiencies.Â It doesn't, that can only take you so far when you have a script as empty as this one.Â You can just FEEL the director struggling to maintain a consistent tone.Â There's no sense of direction, no sense of importance.Â It lacked a focus that would've made the film, even as thinly scripted as it is, a little better.Â You just don't get a sense of where things are heading.Â That's good for a more artsy and experimental film.Â Not so much when you're watching a lighthearted French comedy.Â I still think the film has an idyllic French setting and I love France, so it makes it a little more tolerable.Â It doesn't actually affect the film's quality one way or the other, but it's still a highlight nonetheless, even if they couldn't help the fact that France is a beautiful country.Â The cast, as mentioned, is solid enough.Â Not Little Miss Sunshine's cast, but serviceable enough.Â This does lack decent laughs though.Â They try hard, but most of the jokes simply do not hit.Â Another positive is the fact that it moves at a rapid pace, it's over and done with in 80 minutes.Â When you have a movie as lacking as this, then it's probably a good idea to keep it as short as possible.Â This isn't an awful movie, by any means.Â It is incompetently made, but it's not dreadful.Â It's still no good.Â If you want to see a movie about chefs, then you should watch Jon Favreau's great Chef. Yes, very creative title. That will satisfy all you foodies out there. This film, however, is past its expiration date.
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