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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Salty comedy about food and fatherhood is made with love.

Movie R 2014 115 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 14+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 13+

Inspiring, Uplifting

A movie that displays a chef's passion. Even when it seems it may be a dead end, Carl finds a way back to his passion and takes it to the road! Personally, as a chef and a teacher, this movie inspires me to purchase my own food truck and travel the country doing what I love best!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 16+

Great movie but has a lot of bad language

Great actors and amazing movie, just had a little too much bad language for my liking.

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15):
Kids say (26):

Favreau has starred in and directed blockbusters, but he got his start thinking smaller scale, with his breakout indie hit Swingers; CHEF is most likely to please fans of that film. It's steeped in love -- not just for food, but for filmmaking. This is a movie clearly made with passion and gusto, just as cooking should be. Chef's storyline, filled with references to social media and how it can make or break you, is of-the-moment, but it's ultimately threaded through with a timeless message about finding your bliss.

It's also a fresh take on fatherhood, post-divorce, without the usual treacle. Carl struggles mightily to parent well, even as he juggles the pressures of a career on the brink of destruction, a friendly but still bittersweet divorce, and a heaping dose of self-doubt. His yearning to find his footing as a dad is as authentically drawn as his drive to serve the kind of food he's always longed to cook: simple and good. If there's one complaint about Chef, it's that the ending can be spotted a few food trucks away. But that doesn't feel like a major disappointment -- just what's meant to be. John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson also co-star -- brilliantly.

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