- Actors: Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Fernando Tejero, Benjamín Vicuña, Chus Lampreave
- Directors: Nacho G. Velilla
- Writers: Nacho G. Velilla, Antonio Sánchez, David S. Olivas, Oriol Capel
- Producers: Antonio Sánchez, Daniel Écija, David S. Olivas
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: TLA Releasing
- DVD Release Date: 18 Jan. 2010
- Run Time: 111 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B002LWJXQM
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,509 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Chef Maxi has plenty on his plate. Between running a high-end restaurant, keeping it in the black and corralling his unpredictable staff, who could begrudge him a foul-mouthed outburst, or two, or several? Add to the mix an unexpected reunion with two estranged children and a blossoming gay romance with a closeted international athlete, and you've got one troubled gourmet! Now the Michelin Guide food critic is coming to review his restaurant and it whips Maxi into such a frenzy he must learn to juggle the new dynamics his children and lover bring to the table, with farcical, hilarious results. Energetic performances from Almodovar regulars Javier Camara (Talk to Her) and Lola Duenas (Volver) anchor this wholly entertaining farce bustling with quick-witted dialogue and comical hi-jinks!
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Top Customer Reviews
This is broad comedy--slapstick much of the time. But funny, funny, funny and very good-hearted. There is an excellent cast and interesting range of characters. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Even with the latter, it's a little hard to keep up at times. If you speak Spanish, the language is a little salty for children, but otherwise hilarious.
A lot of fun. Recommended.
As the audience you cannot help but sympathise with the characters, and through clever direction and wonderful scripting, the story never seems surreal or misplaced. There is a genuine resonance which makes the story work, and through humour its moral message ultimately succeeds. In fact, you never feel that you are being taught a lesson, instead you only experience the joy, hardships and pains and learn with the characters what is most important in life.
An excellent comedy, infused with light-hearted fun. Just remember not to drink tea at the same time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film was a pleasant surprise. The trailer looked like fun. I wasn't disappointed. Very entertaining and good film.Published on 26 Sept. 2014 by Debbie
O.K., the subtitles came thick and fast, but the farcial moments in this Spanish film were acted very well. It is an enjoyable film and has some nice, modern twists in it !Published on 24 Feb. 2013 by Leo-Neferuaten Boyle
thought it would be like Almodovar, but this is a world away - very one dimensional, no depth, and a film trying to pull together too many issues.Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by London
Really really funny Spanish farce. If you like Almodovar, you'll probably like this but it's got some very rude jokes in it so don't watch it with your mum unless she's VERY open... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2012 by Fiona
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"Pulsating with the energy and wit of Almodovar....". Read more