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Natale da Chef

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Misogynist, sexist gags are disturbing, not amusing.

Movie NR 2017 97 minutes
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This ridiculous comedy is painful to watch with its failed attempts at crass gross-out humor, slapstick, insults, and incredibly disturbing treatment of women. The plot, in which a caterer knowingly but secretly puts together a team of incompetent kitchen staff in an attempt to lose a competition, is rather inane. But with the right treatment it could have turned out some funny moments. Unfortunately, everything in Natale da Chef is so exaggerated and in such bad taste as to make it disturbing. The objectification of women is appalling, as is the lighthearted treatment of what could reasonably be considered sexual assault. There's also uncomfortable cultural insensitivity toward two men from India.

There are a few bright spots, such as a running gag on a police officer's name, a cute back and forth about a pet pig's name, and a few almost-clever jokes about G7 world leaders. But they're few and far between and do little to save the movie from itself. Natale da Chef portrayal of sexual harassment and assault as a comedic plot point sends a very disturbing message.

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