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Le Chef - Film Review

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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French comedy has a certain je ne sais quoi, and Le Chef is no exception. It tells the story of unlucky cook Jacky Bonnot (MichaŽl Youn), whose fancy cooking and stubborn nature seems to get him kicked out of every job he's ever had, and star chef Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) who has a popular restaurant but no ideas.

While Alexandre risks loosing his restaurant if it looses a star, Jacky risks loosing his girlfriend if he doesn't get himself sorted before the birth of their child. The two meet by chance while Jacky is working as a painter at a local retirement home, and it seems like they could be the answer to each others problems.

Le Chef is far from a masterpiece, but it has a charming sincerity that is lacking from most modern comedies. You really do care for these characters, and even in the most ridiculous moments the film shows that it has a heart.

It's a great film for foodies, and it focusses on a lot of real life issues in the food industry. One of the funniest moments would have to be from Santiago Segura's character Juan, a molecular gastronomy master from Spain. Not for the explosions in the kitchen, or preposterous dishes, but because he bears an uncanny resemblance to Heston Blumenthal in a bad wig.

Le Chef looks at what happens when good food stops being about the food. It's a comedy with plenty of laughs, it's very tongue-in-cheek when it pokes fun at the food scene of today.

Overall it's an easy, light-hearted, film to watch, and one that the whole family can enjoy. If you've got kids that can handle subtitles bring them along, they're sure to enjoy many of the gags.

Le Chef is in cinemas from June 14th. Check with your local cinema for times.
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Why? A funny French comedy with a bit of heart
When: Opens June 14th
Where: Check your local cinema
Cost: Varies
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