Nick Sibilla and Garrett Atherton co-wrote a review of the new Jon Favreau movie Chef for conservative site National Review. They liked it, I guess, but they're upset that the movie didn't spend a whole lot of its running time complaining about Big Government:
But the movie diverges sharply from reality by giving scant attention to the No. 1 obstacle faced by many food-truck operators: restrictive and anti-competitive laws that, all too often, drive them out of business...
...while Chef spotlights Austin, L.A., and New Orleans for their vibrant street-food scenes, it doesn’t show why food trucks are thriving there. Simply put, Austin and Los Angeles have generally resisted the urge to restrict food trucks from competing with restaurants.
Of course, this review makes sense when you get down to the author bio and read that Sibila and Atherton work at the right-leaning Institute for Justice, which advocates for "food-truck freedom." This review kicked off an earnest discussion in the comments about whether it's appropriate to use parking meters for food trucks, including whether the use of a parking spot in the Bosom Buddies theme song is an appropriate use of a parking meter. The collision of conservative thought and popular culture is always an awkward mating ritual to watch, and this thread is a positively delightful example of that in action.