Jordon Saffron Taste This! Movie Review

Sorority Life creator Sergio Myers offers up another mockumentary, this time taking aim at loud-mouth, obnoxious celebrity chefs (read Gordon Ramsay). The film isĀ Jordon Saffron Taste This! , and it follows the titular character through his downward spiral, when being arrogant and pissing people off finally leads to some repercussions.

Apparently a legitimate big shot in the culinary world not so long ago, Jordon Saffron has lost his mojo (actually his ability to taste), and now his party lifestyle is catching up with him. With no ability to taste his creations, the food he makes is terrible, and he’s gone too far down the road of believing his own press to keep his life on track. He loses his TV show, his restaurant, and everything else of value in his life. His pompous attitude doesn’t change though, and we follow him from one tirade to the next as he tries to figure out what to do with himself.

In your mind right now there is a film, and it is worlds better than this one.

Displaying the production abilities of “really nice student film,” and the comedic talents of a drunken night at a fraternity goofing on a Hell’s Kitchen marathon, the film is a workable idea gone horribly wrong. Tiresome to watch, at best, the film’s most interesting feature is its ironic mockery of misplaced vanity. The only comedy is contained in the general theory, and the moments within the film that approach either fun or funny are dragged out so long that you’re bored by the time the scene gets there, or are delivered with no sense of comedic timing.

Aiming for some measure of credibility by virtue of names and faces you may recognize, Steve Schirripa (The Sopranos) and Rachel Hunter are on board for minor roles, which makes me happy in the one case, sad in the other (you can take your guess).

This is the sort of low-budget affair that normally leads one to allow massive amounts of leeway in terms of everything technical, and even the directing to a great degree, but that really only leaves us with the comedy, which in this case is to leave us with nothing.

There are clearly elements of the script which have potential. That Jordon meets up with an old flame, and apparently his true love, but finds she is now dating another chef with a television show, but a show that focuses on the myriad possibilities of Spam has comedy in it. The problem is that the film ultimately comes down to a lot of ideas that are funny, but it doesn’t deliver anything that lives up to the potential in those ideas. As mentioned before, the thoughts you’re having based on the idea of an arrogant Ramsay type squaring off against a goof with a Spam show are funnier than anything in the film.

A thorough summary would probably suck you in. It all sounds like it ought to be pretty funny. It just isn’t.

Somewhere in the realm of things that don’t exist is a little movie called, Sergio Myers Watch This!, and that movie is hilarious.

 

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Marc Eastman
Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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