Good Burger

  • Review Date: July 8, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Good-natured '90s comedy loaded with pratfalls, silliness.
  • Review Date: July 8, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 95 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good Burger offers positive messages about community, friendship, and integrity, particularly regarding employment and fairness. It has a particular soft spot for hidden intelligence or the notion that people may be smarter than they seem and capable of talents that are not obvious from their appearances.

Positive role models

Some teenage characters are hardworking and honest with a clear moral center, whereas others flout the rules and try to get away with doing as little as possible. But, even in cases where characters take shortcuts or do not behave admirably, they still often demonstrate loyalty, fairness, remorse, kindness, and the desire to make things right.


The movie contains cartoonish violence largely centered on sight gags and slapstick pratfalls. A teenager drives a car without a license or insurance and causes a wreck but is on the hook to pay for the damage. In multiple other scenes, cars are driven recklessly, leading to near-collisions but no injuries. A teenager's skates trap a young girl's jump rope, which drags her down the street, bumping her head (but with no injury). In another scene, a teenage boy rides a skateboard recklessly through a variety of obstacles, nearly running over a woman with a baby but instead grabbing the baby only to careen out of control until he hits a group of men playing basketball, who then grab the baby and accidentally slam dunk it (the baby is fine). A teenager falls onto the hood of a car, landing on the windshield. In another scene, hamburger patties explode.


There is some minor sexual humor and suggestiveness, such as when a woman behaves in an overtly sexualized manner to steal a recipe from a teenager, telling him she will "do whatever he wants" to get it. There is a brief scene that focuses on her behind as sexually enticing.


Mild profanity used on occasion, such as "ass," and mostly mild insulting language, such as "maggot," "stupid," "crap," or "incompetent."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Poisons are used or threatened to contaminate the food supply in a few subplots.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Good Burger is a late-'90s comedy about two dimwitted teenagers who work at a fast food joint and are portrayed as loafers and schemers, until they learn they may lose their jobs. It has an absurd silliness, some reckless driving, mild profanity ("ass"), and a lot of burger-themed pratfalls and puns, but it's ultimately a good-natured slapstick comedy about friendship and doing the right thing.

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What's the story?

Ed (Kel Mitchell) and Dexter (Kenan Thompson) may not be the sharpest knives in the drawer at Good Burger -- or the hardest-working -- but that all changes when they learn that competitor Mondo Burger is moving in across the street with plans to put them out of business. Suddenly, loafing doesn't look so good, and they find themselves devising cunning plots to save the burger joint and keep their jobs -- if they can only outsmart the competition.

Is it any good?


GOOD BURGER has an absurd charm. It's a comedy about two teenagers who do whatever they can to get out of work until they realize they may lose their jobs, and, along the way, they end up proving they have loyalty, a strong work ethic, and a moral compass after all, not to mention a lot of smarts. There are pratfalls and sight gags galore, not to mention some reckless driving and the sort of immature sexual suggestiveness you might recall from Wayne's World.

Similar to Wayne's World, it's a low-brow romp that finds boys being boys but also showing some decent tenacity. Still, kids will love the ridiculous, evil subplot of steroid-packed burgers and the idea of these underdogs saving the world. Parents can appreciate the '90s fashions and that, overall, this is lighthearted fare that reinforces doing the right thing and fixing your mistakes, not to mention shows an era when most teenagers had summer jobs -- remember those?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about job loyalty. Would you be loyal to Good Burger? Would you try to save a place where you worked, even if it didn't pay well or treat you very nicely? Why, or why not?

  • One of the characters often seems dumber than he is. Do you know anyone who plays dumb sometimes? What are reasons someone would play dumb?

  • Do you know anyone with hidden talents? What are some talents you have that you didn't know you had, and how did you discover them?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 25, 1997
DVD release date:September 24, 2013
Cast:Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Sinbad, Abe Vigoda
Director:Brian Robbins
Studio:Paramount Home Media Distribution
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, High school, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:Rated PG for language, some comic violence and mild sex-related humor

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Teen, 13 years old Written byfluffy gizmo July 12, 2014


this movie has conversations and slapstick jokes for kids and some hidden adult jokes for adults.A fun family film you'll want to watch over and over.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism


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