Melissa McCarthy

Stale mockumentary 'Cook Off!' misses its mark

Stale mockumentary 'Cook Off!' misses its mark

Wafting into theaters after sitting on the back burner for the last decade, “Cook Off!” is a shrill, gloppy mess of a mockumentary being served up well past its “best before” date — if there ever actually were one.

Set against the overheated backdrop of the fictional Van Rookle Farms’ annual cooking contest, the production focuses on a cast of wacky characters with names like Ladybug Briggs and Amber Strang all clamoring for the $1-million top prize by frantically whipping up such concoctions as Luscious Lemon-Lime Crumble Pie and Potato Salad Flambé.

Despite managing to attract a sprawling cast of proven comedic performers, including Melissa McCarthy (prior to...

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