Chef’s Special (2008)

NACHO G. VELILLA

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 , , , Nacho G. Velilla. Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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 () whose Maitre D’ () is also his lovelorn best friend and roommate. She is thrilled when a hot Argentinean soccer player () 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 as Camara’s mother) makes for a delicious treat that you will absolutely hate yourself for loving.

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