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Chef the Film Review and Commentary

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EricW //

My first real job was working at a movie theater my during my high school days. For 2 years, I worked part time for a small movie theater chain in based in Tenafly, New Jersey. The responsibilities included a stint as the theater manager of the Clearview Cinema Closter Theater. That job certainly stoked my love of movies; and especially for the memories for some of the movies that I was responsible for showing on the big screen (which oddly enough was much bigger than some of today's big screens): Die Hard, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Coming to America, and They Live, just to name a few.

It was also during that time that I learned quite a bit about customer service and managing business relationships. But, I'll save that for another article!

When it comes right down to it, I really enjoy going to the movies! So, when I first heard about Chef, the new movie that stars, or at least let me say, uses, a food truck in its central theme, I got very excited!  Not only because the movie is about a Chef that opens a food truck; not only because of its all star cast, not only because I am a huge Jon Favreau fan (he wrote it, directed it, and stars in it!) but also because I knew it would be my opportunity to fulfill a fantasy: being a film critic! So here it goes! 

If you enjoy a great love story, Chef is for you! And, I don't just mean as a good romance. It certainly has that but Chef offers so much more. There is most certainly a touching romantic angle that you can see and feel developing throughout the movie. But in addition to that, the film offers other connecting and important love stories. If you are a lover of food, there are numerous scenes that will leave your mouth watering and have you appreciating the love affair that chefs have with the food they prepare. If you love children, Chef presents realistic and heartwarming scenes between a child and his parents. If you are a lover of small business, the movie does a wonderful job of expressing the value of starting a small business and reflects the passion involved in loving what you do. And of course, if you are a food truck lover (#TruckerLvr), Chef will leave you smiling about the loving journey that brings the food truck in Chef, "El Jefe", to life. 

For me, Chef was a warm and touching story, brought to life by the skill and passion of Jon Favreau, assisted so well with a wonderful and talented cast including Sophia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannvale, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey Jr., Amy Sedaris, and Emjay Anthony. Not only did the movie deliver a realistic portrayal (albeit limited) of what food truckers go through but it offered so much more!

Just be prepared! When the movie ends you may find yourself in need of the closest food truck to quench your desire for a food truck meal. 

Of course, will be able to assist you with that!