Two films that I didn’t get around to watching till recently, both featured Twitter. One film, Frank, featuring Micheal Fassibinder in a plaster of paris head (why would you cover that man’s gorgeous head?), used Twitter as a way for the least-talented band member to create a buzz and a following for the band. Chef, written and directed by the lovable Jon Favreau, uses it as a central plot device. The Chef loses his job over a tweet that he assumes is private but instead goes viral. The social media tool is used to build a connection between father and son and Twitter also magically drums up business for their new food truck. I say, magically, because the young son played realistically by Emjay Anthony, manages to create a fan base, send out map coordinates for where the food truck is traveling and posts professional photos all while the young man is learning to be a cook! It’s an interesting time when the last three movies I’ve seen, all feature social media prominently in their story lines.
Chef is a lovely fairy tale of film. A work-obsessed man loses his job and must learn to love his son and reinvent himself. Hardly ground-breaking but setting the action on a food truck and featuring some wonderful actors that aren’t frequently given good roles makes for an enjoyable ride! John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Sofía Vergara and Oliver Platt all give wonderful performances and it’s fun to see Dustin Hoffman in a juicy part. My issue with the film is that it is a fairy tale. Money magically appears to finance the venture, one character quits his job after just being promoted so he can make sandwiches with the chef and love blossoms when you follow your heart.
A friend, and divorce coach, had some good advice to families that might watch this film together. Mandy Walker writes about Wish Fulfillment in children from separated parents. And hopefully, anyone who loses their job won’t think that transforming your life doesn’t generally end with an enemy with a pocket-full of cash offering to make your dreams come true…
And can someone tell me what role Amy Sedaris played? I sure missed her!
Rating: 4 beers, but don’t share them with your son
Bechdel Rating: passes