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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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?
Talk to your kids 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?
- In theaters: July 25, 1997
- On DVD or streaming: September 24, 2013
- Cast: Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Sinbad, Abe Vigoda
- Director: Brian Robbins
- Studio: Paramount Home Media Distribution
- Genre: Comedy
- 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
- Last updated: April 24, 2020
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