Reviewed by: Michael C. Bach
guest teen reviewer
Starring: Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson / Director: Brian Robbins / Released by: Paramount Pictures
“Good Burger” is based on a skit from the TV series “All That” on Nickelodeon. The story follows Ed, an employee of Good Burger, home of the Good Burger. They are under serious competition from Mondo Burger (which looks like a giant palace with billions of neon lights). The employees at Good Burger have to defend themselves from the chain’s onslaught by introducing Ed’s recipe for a “secret sauce.”
So what is there for parents to be concerned about… countless crotch and flatulence jokes and a steady stream of profanity like the pathetic “George of the Jungle”? You won’t find that here! Abe Vigoda says the “a” word once to describe his injured buttocks. “S*cks” is also used twice. There is NO other crude language and there is no profanity, the Lord’s name in vain or obsceneties. Carmen Electra’s character, Roxanne, tries to seduce Ed but he fends her off.
And unlike “George”, this movie has a few redeeming qualities. As funny as this movie is, it’s still grounded in reality. Dexter’s dad is a deadbeat and they (Ed and he) discuss the sadness of having no friends. Cheating is put down, the work ethic is encouraged, and the actors aren’t bad role models.
On a side note, actors Kenan (19) and Kel (18) both grew up in the church. (Kel is from Chicago and Kenan is from Atlanta). They both have strong relationships with their mothers (as can be learned from the July 26th-August 1st issue of TV Guide).
Don’t forget to catch the delicious “Good Burger” while its still around!
Year of Release—1997