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Get hungry with the first trailer for Jon Favreau's cooking comedy Chef

04.07.2014

It's been a while since Jon Favreau has put out a feature film (2011's COWBOYS AND ALIENS being his most recent) and it appers the filmmaker is taking a step back to his independent days with CHEF, a cuisine comedy that is written, directed, and starring the Favs, as well as a few IRON MAN 2 alumni, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson, as well as John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Amy Sedaris, and Dustin Hoffman. It's a fun, lively, and "easy on the palate."

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Here's the synopsis:

When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen—and zest for life and love.

My first introduction to Favreau, like many of you, was with 1996's SWINGERS and since that time he's become a well-respected presence in Hollywood. He helped bring the Marvel franchise machine to life (as well as Robert Downey Jr.'s career) with IRON MAN and while some of his later big-budget efforts didn't take off as expected, he's no less a talented individual. Personally, I'm happy to see him back doing the comedy thing as I always felt he had a better knack for it. I'd love to see him balance the scales with more flicks like this, while tackling a big-budget pic every so often.

CHEF hits theaters on May 9, 2014.

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7:16PM on 04/07/2014

Love it

It feels full of life and I love films about someone chasing their passions.
It feels full of life and I love films about someone chasing their passions.
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4:20PM on 04/07/2014
Looks okay... but this habit of trailers revealing the entire movie is getting to be a bit much.

This one takes over a minute and a half before the actual plot is even introduced.
Looks okay... but this habit of trailers revealing the entire movie is getting to be a bit much.

This one takes over a minute and a half before the actual plot is even introduced.
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3:31PM on 04/07/2014
Yea I'm with everyone on the trailer. The plot looks formulaic. But, I get JF injects it with enough heart and humor that it works. What a great cast. Glad to see Leguizamo in, and doing, something worthwhile. I do wish there would've been a small part for Vince Vaughn (maybe the Dustin Hoffman role?). I know he's not a better actor than Hoffman, and I don't want another movie of just Vaugh and JF (though I love Made), but they're dynamic is so good I wish they'd have just a little bit
Yea I'm with everyone on the trailer. The plot looks formulaic. But, I get JF injects it with enough heart and humor that it works. What a great cast. Glad to see Leguizamo in, and doing, something worthwhile. I do wish there would've been a small part for Vince Vaughn (maybe the Dustin Hoffman role?). I know he's not a better actor than Hoffman, and I don't want another movie of just Vaugh and JF (though I love Made), but they're dynamic is so good I wish they'd have just a little bit of it in this film. Overall, I'm going to see this sometime.
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1:58PM on 04/07/2014
Great, now I'm hungry.
Great, now I'm hungry.
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1:47PM on 04/07/2014
wow, that was a bad trailer - don't they realize your trailer doesn't have to play in the exact same order as the plot. They just went through all the major plot points...in order
wow, that was a bad trailer - don't they realize your trailer doesn't have to play in the exact same order as the plot. They just went through all the major plot points...in order
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1:29PM on 04/07/2014
Looks great with a lot of heart. I've always enjoyed Favreau's work in front of and behind the camera with Iron Man and Swingers being my two favorites.
Looks great with a lot of heart. I've always enjoyed Favreau's work in front of and behind the camera with Iron Man and Swingers being my two favorites.
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1:26PM on 04/07/2014
Looks good enough however this is another case of "now that I've seen the trailer I've seen the whole movie". Why do they have to include the entire story from beginning to end in a two and half minute preview?
Looks good enough however this is another case of "now that I've seen the trailer I've seen the whole movie". Why do they have to include the entire story from beginning to end in a two and half minute preview?
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1:37PM on 04/07/2014
Thanks for this post. I'm not watching it.
Thanks for this post. I'm not watching it.
3:32PM on 04/07/2014
Ya I guess I need to read posts first. I wish the site would label the trailers they show as "this tells the entire movie"
Ya I guess I need to read posts first. I wish the site would label the trailers they show as "this tells the entire movie"
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