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Chef's Special (2008)

Fuera de carta (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 11 April 2008 (Spain)
Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) stars as Chef Maxi, a culinary genius/drama queen with too much on his plate.

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Nacho G. Velilla
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Cámara ... Maxi
Lola Dueñas ... Alex
Fernando Tejero ... Ramiro
Benjamín Vicuña ... Horacio
Chus Lampreave ... Celia
Luis Varela Luis Varela ... Jaime
Cristina Marcos ... Marta
Alexandra Jiménez ... Paula
Junio Valverde ... Edu
Alejandra Lorenzo Alejandra Lorenzo ... Alba
Mariano Peña Mariano Peña ... Álvaro
Fernando Albizu ... Valero
Carlos Leal ... Pascal Sánchez
Alberto Jo Lee ... Dae-Su
Jesús Fuente Jesús Fuente ... Director del colegio
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Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) stars as Chef Maxi, a culinary genius/drama queen with too much on his plate.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Spain]

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

11 April 2008 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Chef's Special See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,997,644
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Fernando Fernán-Gómez was originally slated to play a role, but died before shooting began. See more »

Connections

Featured in Fuera de carta: Así se hizo (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

El artista del alambre
Written by Eva Amaral and Juan Aguirre
Performed by Amaral
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Too much anti-gay rhetoric
26 May 2009 | by heszyfilmSee all my reviews

First, I should say that the movie definitely had some funny, enjoyable scenes. However, the movie was laden with way too many derogatory gay jokes. I was uncomfortable hearing so many bigoted, insulting, ignorant jokes. Many in the audience I was in laughed, but I squirmed at every "joke." Even in the movie's context of perhaps mocking homophobes, it was not necessary to have some many. Could you imagine a movie about African-Americans full of white characters spouting out a constant barrage of jokes about fried chicken and bananas and athletic prowess? And was it necessary for the main character to be such an effeminate stereotype? As for the plot, the director's soap opera experience was obvious; the plot had several wrenching shifts from light humor to attempts at deep seriousness. If you want to see good Spanish humor without the stereotyping and gay-bashing "jokes," I'd suggest Almodovar's many excellent comedies.


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