Beef, Cupcakes and Him is a Vietnamese BL movie about a chef and his childhood acquaintance. The main character was employed at a restaurant until he suddenly lost his job. Subsequently, he teams up with his sister to start an online culinary business from home. The protagonist hires his hometown friend to help with the startup. As they work together, the two leads form a cozy relationship.
The Beef, Cupcakes and Him movie is a cute love story with a straightforward plot. Don't expect too much depth from the linear narrative, one-dimensional villains, or their transparent antics. This short film is serviceable as something light and casual to fill an hour of your time. With that said, it doesn't make a big impression on me.
Beef, Cupcakes and Him Summary
Bữa Tối, Bánh Ngọt và Anh
Around 55 minutes
Cute and sweet
Yes, the movie has a BL romance.
Hy is a professional chef employed at a five-star restaurant for many years. He lives with his younger sister, Ngan, a university student. One day, their mom informs her kids to expect a visitor at their residence. She has promised a neighbour's son, Thang, to live with them for a few days. Thang has arrived in their area to look for a culinary job. His experience includes helping with small catering events in the past.
Hy is annoyed that his mom made this living arrangement without consulting him. Furthermore, he has unfavourable childhood memories of his time with Thang. When they were kids, Thang used to bully him. As such, Hy doesn't appear hospitable toward his new houseguest. His sister, Ngan, seems friendlier. She welcomes Thang into their living quarters and wants her brother to help him secure a job.
Due to the pandemic, Hy's workplace has shut business temporarily. However, Thang informs him that it opened again recently, or at least according to social media. A confused Hy visits his place of work, only to discover he has been terminated because of "business redundancies". His former coworkers tell him it was a wrongful dismissal. Hy clashed with his boss, Thong, over kitchen responsibilities in the past. So, Thong uses the pandemic as a convenient opportunity to fire a nemesis.
Hy reveals he has been fired from work. Due to his financial strain, he only wants Thang to live with them for a few days. Afterwards, he tells his houseguest to find other accommodations. Thang is understanding and leaves that night. However, he is mugged and loses all his money. Hy takes pity on his old friend and allows him to stay here for the time being.
Hy cooks food for Ngan's birthday party. All her friends remark on how delicious everything tastes. Their feedback gives Ngan the idea to start a new business with her brother. They'll cook food at home, sell it online, and deliver the meals to customers. To help them launch this startup, Hy and Ngan hired Thang to be their delivery courier. He's grateful for the job opportunity. As Hy and Thang begin working together, their relationship improves. Hy discovers Thang has matured from the bully who used to tease him in the past.
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Beef, Cupcakes and Him Cast
Hy has been a professional chef at a five-star restaurant for many years. He is talented and has received great feedback about his cooking. After the pandemic, Hy's boss fired him due to their personality clash. Hy and his younger sister Ngan decide to start an online culinary business from home.
Gia Huy is a Vietnamese actor. His first BL project is the 2020 series, Stage of Love. He also appeared in the 2021 series, Follow My Sunshine. Gia Huy starred in the 2021 short movie, Beef, Cupcakes, and Him.
Hoang Duy (Hoàng Duy)
Thang is an old childhood acquaintance from Hy's hometown. He used to pick on Hy, who still remembers him as a bully. Recently, their mothers made a prior arrangement, allowing Thang to live at Hy's house for the time being. Thang is looking for a new job in the food industry, preferably at Hy's restaurant.
Hoang Duy (Hoàng Duy) is a Vietnamese actor. His first BL project is the 2021 series, Follow My Sunshine. He starred in the 2021 short movie, Beef, Cupcakes, and Him.
Viet Thi P336 (Việt Thi P336)
Trinh Tu Trung (Trịnh Tú Trung)
Tieu Minh Phung (Tiêu Minh Phụng)
- Both leads (Gia Huy and Hoang Duy) had supporting roles in the 2021 Vietnamese high school BL series Follow My Sunshine.
- Gia Huy featured in the 2020 Vietnamese BL series Stage of Love.
Beef, Cupcakes and Him Review
Movie Review Score: 6.5
Unfortunately, Beef, Cupcakes and Him lacks depth. Although the plot includes dramatic conflicts and occasional twists, the circumstances aren't complex. This story feels unsophisticated, relying on one-dimensional villains and their transparent antics to create tension. Likewise, the character development and romantic journey seem painfully shallow. Beef, Cupcakes and Him suffers because it doesn't show much substance beyond the surface. The only profound message is when the protagonist says, "Your lover may betray you someday, but food never does."
Beef, Cupcakes and Him tells a straightforward love story with a formulaic plot. The narrative moves briskly and efficiently. However, it relies on silly conflicts, outlandish villains, and shallow plots.
This short movie features a conventional BL romance. The leads have sweet exchanges & steamy encounters, but these relationship moments aren't anything out of the ordinary. Everything feels typical.
Both leads perform comfortably, but the unchallenging material doesn't showcase their range. Thang's actor (Hoang Duy) shines on screen with twinkling eyes and a warm smile.
Beef, Cupcakes and Him has a happy ending. The bad guy gains the upper hand before the protagonists outsmart him. The events feel unrealistic, and I can't immerse myself in the outlandish drama.
The movie has solid and steady production values. While the visuals don't look ugly, there's a lack of artistry on display. They film each scene by the books, and that's it.
Beef, Cupcakes and Him is a cute, casual BL movie that maintains a brisk momentum from start to finish. However, the plot is too lightweight and lacks complexity. It doesn't make a big impression.
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Oril Nguyen (Oril Nguyễn) is a Vietnamese director. He directed the 2021 BL short movie, Beef, Cupcakes and Him. He also directed the 2022 BL series, The Promise.