Comme un chef (Le Chef) (2014)



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Self-taught aspiring chef Jacky (Michaël Youn) has the talent, but not the luck. Star chef Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) is in danger of losing his reputation, along with his beloved restaurant. Fate brings the two together and helps them along a journey through the intoxicating world of French haute-cuisine. A legend in his own time, Lagarde is in serious conflict with Stanislas Matter (Julien Boisselier), the new CEO of the group that owns his restaurant, Cargo Lagarde. Matter is plotting to destroy Lagarde's reputation so that he'll have grounds to fire Lagarde and move the restaurant away from Lagarde's classic French cuisine towards trendy molecular gastronomy. Desperate to cling to his status as a Three Star chef (a rarity in the world of fine dining), Lagarde teams up with Jacky and together they try to find the balance between tradition and trend, as well as between family life and food obsession. (C) Cohen Media
PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Art House & International , Comedy
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Jean Reno
as Alexandre Lagarde
Michaël Youn
as Jacky Bonnot
Julien Boisselier
as Stanislas Matter
Issa Doumbia
as Moussa
Pierre Vernier
as Paul Matter
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Critic Reviews for Comme un chef (Le Chef)

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13)

About as exciting as the PBJ and flat diet soda I just had for lunch.

Full Review… | July 31, 2014
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The film's payoff is about as novel as a scoop of lemon sorbet.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
Washington Post
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An amusing soufflé of a comedy that pokes fun at foodies while honoring the art of those who cook for them.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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It's meant to be a soufflé-light charmer, but the bland, predictable French comedy Le Chef basically falls flat.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
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Very light French foodie comedy, seasoned with a touch of romance, that never quite boils over into farce.

Full Review… | July 10, 2014
San Diego Reader
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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.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Comme un chef (Le Chef)

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.  It's a movie that hopes its breezy and light atmosphere will more than make up for its deficiencies.  It doesn't, that can only take you so far when you have a script as empty as this one.  You can just FEEL the director struggling to maintain a consistent tone.  There's no sense of direction, no sense of importance.  It lacked a focus that would've made the film, even as thinly scripted as it is, a little better.  You just don't get a sense of where things are heading.  That's good for a more artsy and experimental film.  Not so much when you're watching a lighthearted French comedy.  I still think the film has an idyllic French setting and I love France, so it makes it a little more tolerable.  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.  The cast, as mentioned, is solid enough.  Not Little Miss Sunshine's cast, but serviceable enough.  This does lack decent laughs though.  They try hard, but most of the jokes simply do not hit.  Another positive is the fact that it moves at a rapid pace, it's over and done with in 80 minutes.  When you have a movie as lacking as this, then it's probably a good idea to keep it as short as possible.  This isn't an awful movie, by any means.  It is incompetently made, but it's not dreadful.  It's still no good.  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.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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The critics completely missed the boat on this one. It's absolutely delightful! It's a satire and a comedy and guess what? You laugh out loud all the way through.

John Baylin
John Baylin

My boy, Jean Reno, doing work as usual! The story could have been a little more original, but it was still enjoyable.

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