Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Original title: Fuera De Carta
Spain, 2008. Antena 3 Televisión, Canguro Produzioni Internazionali Cinematografiche, Ensueño Films. Written by Oriol Capel, David S. Olivas, Antonio Sanchez, Nacho G. Velilla. Cinematography by David Omedes. Produced by Nacho G. Velilla, Tadeo Villalba hijo, Daniel Ecija. Music by Juango Javierre. Production Design by Javier Fernández. Costume Design by Silvia Garcia Bravo. Film Editing by Angel Hernandez Zoido.
Another in a long line of breezy Spanish comedies that gets plenty of points for entertaining its viewers without providing anything original. Essentially a gay Mostly Martha, it focuses on a curmudgeon of a chef (Javier Cámara) whose Maitre D’ (Lola Dueñas) is also his lovelorn best friend and roommate. She is thrilled when a hot Argentinean soccer player (Benjamín Vicuña) moves in next door and so goes after him like a cat in heat; Camara is mortified when his ex-wife dies and leaves their children, whom he hasn’t seen in years since coming out and leaving them, in his care. Meanwhile, the soccer player makes eyes for Camara and not the lovely lady, while the chef is trying to deal with suddenly being a father and save his debt-ridden restaurant. Naturally, it all happens with the sun shining brightly outside, and combining sexy stars, delightfully comic characters and a host of terrific Iberian actors (many of whom are familiar to viewers of Almodovar, including Chus Lampreave as Camara’s mother) makes for a delicious treat that you will absolutely hate yourself for loving.