I liked it better than you did, but agree it was formulaic. I found Favreau very watchable as the chef--he got my sympathy. And his guilt at disappointing his kid--while at the same time continuing to do it--was realistic (I say as a parent-). The kid was good--I don't like those super-chipper kids they tend to cast in such movies. The way he worked with his colleagues, especially the one who stuck with him, was enjoyable to watch. The wife was kind of annoying. High-intensity grooming even when hanging out at home? And whence her wealth--do party planners do that well? Her father was a musician so it didn't seem like inherited/gifted wealth. Maybe I missed something. Scarlett Johanson's lines seemed like they came from a more abstruse film. But women were not the focus of this movie. The ending was too facile even for me. Anyhow, the theme…man loses stressful job with unimaginative boss, finds appropriate working environment, gets happy, makes his kid happy, wins (back) his lady. With some fun adventures along the way. What pushes me over the edge from thumbs down to up is watching Favreau. Some actors/roles are more fun to watch then othersand this combo worked for me. Slight thumbs up. A movie to take your elderly Mom to (wish I'd done that-).The way they used twitter was clever, from embarrassment to marketing success--but I'm sure that will date the picture in a few years!
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