Le Chef

Le Chef, Michael Youn, Jean Reno

Jean Reno & Michael Youn in Le Chef

OK, so the critics didn’t much like this frothy French comedy (trailer) directed by Daniel Cohen, but the French can serve up a blundering wunderkind better than anyone else. Aspiring chef Jacky (Michaël Youn) is called in to save the day for the three-star wonder Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno), who may be on the verge of losing a coveted rating star and his restaurant in the bargain. There’s never a moment’s doubt how any of the plot lines of Le Chef will resolve, but it’s the whole meal that makes this movie fun.

It was released last summer in the United States around the same time as the American comedy Chef, which created some box office confusion. Sweet and light as a perfect dessert soufflé, this French offering is a good antidote to, say, the Nightly News. Curmudgeonly Rotten Tomatoes critics gave it a mere 48% rating, but audiences liked it more (59%). Said Moira MacDonald in the Seattle Times: Le Chef may not be a masterpiece, but it’s nonetheless a treat. Some days, that’s just right.