Good Burger

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Good Burger

Home video promotional poster
Directed byBrian Robbins
Produced byMike Tollin
Brian Robbins
Kevin Kopelow
Heath Seifert
Written byDan Schneider
Kevin Kopelow
Heath Seifert
Based onSketch from All That by
Dan Schneider
Kevin Kopelow
Heath Seifert
StarringKel Mitchell
Kenan Thompson
Sinbad
Abe Vigoda
Shar Jackson
Dan Schneider
Jan Schweiterman
Music byStewart Copeland
CinematographyMac Ahlberg
Editing byAnita Brandt-Burgoyne
StudioNickelodeon Movies
Tollin/Robbins Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 25, 1997 (1997-07-25)
Running time103 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$9,000,000
Box office$23,712,993 (USA)
 
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Good Burger

Home video promotional poster
Directed byBrian Robbins
Produced byMike Tollin
Brian Robbins
Kevin Kopelow
Heath Seifert
Written byDan Schneider
Kevin Kopelow
Heath Seifert
Based onSketch from All That by
Dan Schneider
Kevin Kopelow
Heath Seifert
StarringKel Mitchell
Kenan Thompson
Sinbad
Abe Vigoda
Shar Jackson
Dan Schneider
Jan Schweiterman
Music byStewart Copeland
CinematographyMac Ahlberg
Editing byAnita Brandt-Burgoyne
StudioNickelodeon Movies
Tollin/Robbins Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 25, 1997 (1997-07-25)
Running time103 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$9,000,000
Box office$23,712,993 (USA)

Good Burger is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Brian Robbins and starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. The film evolved from the comedy sketch "Good Burger" featured on the Nickelodeon series All That. The film was produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions and Nickelodeon Movies and released on July 25, 1997 by Paramount Pictures.

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Plot

On the first day of summer, dim-witted but charming Ed (Kel Mitchell) experiences a nightmare featuring talking burgers. Troubled by the nightmare, Ed shows up late to work at Good Burger. On the same morning, Dexter (Kenan Thompson), a fellow high school student of Ed, steals his mother's car after she leaves for a business trip. Dexter accidentally crashes into his teacher, Mr. Wheat's (Sinbad) car. With no driver's license or insurance, Dexter is in danger of going to jail. Mr. Wheat agrees to allow Dexter to pay for a total of $2,500 in car damages instead of calling the police. Dexter must find a summer job to pay for the expenses. Dexter first finds employment at Mondo Burger. After he clashes with Mondo Burger's uptight manager, Kurt Bozwell (Jan Schweiterman), he is fired and finds employment at Good Burger. There, he meets and reluctantly befriends Ed and a slew of colorful employees. Little does Dexter know Ed inadvertently caused the car accident. Ed was rushing to make a delivery on roller blades, and skated in front of Dexter, causing him to swerve and hit Mr. Wheat's car.

Dexter finds much success at Good Burger, but his success takes a turn for the worse. Across the street from Good Burger, a Mondo Burger opens. The popular Mondo Burger produces over-sized burgers, much bigger than the Good Burger burgers. With the invention of Ed's "secret sauce", Good Burger is saved. After Dexter realizes that Ed caused his car accident, Dexter takes part of Ed's credit to pay off the debt.

Ed's sauce reigns success, causing Mondo Burger's manager, Kurt to attempt to steal the sauce. First, he entices Ed with a higher hourly wage at Mondo Burger. Dedicated to Good Burger, Ed denies Kurt's request. Kurt then sends in the notorious, Roxanne (Carmen Electra) to seduce Ed and find the ingredients of the "secret sauce". With her attempts, Ed injures her, leading to her quitting her job at Mondo Burger.

Meanwhile, Dexter takes a shine to fellow employee Monique (Shar Jackson), and eventually she agrees to a double date with him along with Ed and Roxanne. The next day, however, she tells him off and breaks up with him after she discovers his attempts to cheat Ed out of most of his money from the sauce.

Later on, Ed and Dexter encounter a dog on the street and attempt to feed him a Good Burger and a Mondo Burger. The dog eats the Good Burger, but refuses to even look at the Mondo Burger, apparently sensing something wrong with the meat. Suspicious, Ed and Dexter disguise themselves as old women and enter Mondo Burger. They discover that Mondo Burger chemically induces their burgers ("The Big Booty Burger") with "Triampathol", an illegal food additive. Kurt realizes the old women are Dexter and Ed, and kidnaps them. He sends them to the Demented Hills Mental Hospital to prevent the public from believing the Mondo Burger's secret.

After sending Ed and Dexter to Demented Hills, Kurt and his employees break into Good Burger after closing hours and poison Ed's secret sauce with shark poison. When Ed and Dexter's co-worker Otis (Abe Vigoda) attempts to stop them, Kurt then takes him captive and sends him to Demented Hills, as well. There, Otis tells the duo about Kurt's scheme to ruin the secret sauce. They devise a plan to escape. Ed begins to dance and sing, encouraging the other patients to dance. After the entire mental hospital breaks out in dance, the trio escapes the mental hospital. They steal an ice cream van to leave the hospital. Then, Ed and Dexter break into Mondo Burger and expose the chemically-induced burgers to the police. Ed tries to take a can of Triampathol, but accidentally knocks one into the meat grinder. Ed then pours the rest of the substance into the grinder. Kurt catches Ed and Dexter. Just before he attempts to rid the two, the Mondo Burger building begins to blow up caused by the Triampathol-overdosed burgers exploding. After the building destructs, the police arrests Kurt for illegal substance use. With the destruction of Mondo Burger, Mr. Wheat's car is destroyed once again (much to Dexter's amusement as he hands him the first half of the money he owes him for the car damages). Ed and Dexter then walk back to Good Burger where the Good Burger employees praise the two as Good Burger heroes. The film ends with Ed saying "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?"

Cast

Filming

Most of the film's scenes were filmed along S Glendora Avenue in West Covina, California.[1] The building known as "Good Burger" in the movie was filmed at a restaurant currently known as "Manny's El Loco" 437 Glendora Ave., West Covina, CA. Meanwhile, Mondo Burger was located across the street at the Samantha Courtyard shopping center, with extra details added to the facade for the film.

Soundtrack

A soundtrack containing hip hop, R&B and rock music was released on July 15, 1997 by Capitol Records. It peaked at 101 on the Billboard 200 and 65 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Release

Box office

The film grossed over 23 million at the box office, against a production budget of 9 million.

Critical reception

Despite the popularity of All That and the Kenan & Kel series, Good Burger received mixed to negative reviews from film critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 31% based on reviews from 26 critics.[2] Most praise came to Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson's performances, while the relationship with Ed and the girl in the mental hospital were negatively reviewed.[citation needed]

Lisa Alspector of Chicago Reader gave the film a negative review, and wrote "The received notion that kids want their movies fast and furious is barely in evidence in this 1997 comedy, a laboriously slow suburban adventure in which a teenager's summer of leisure slips through his fingers when he has to get a job—an experience that proves almost life threatening because of the cutthroat competition between two burger joints".[3]

Andy Seiler of USA Today gave this film a score of 2/4, saying that "Good Burger is not very well done, but it does have energy".[citation needed]

Leonard Klady of Variety enjoyed the film and wrote "The meat of the piece is definitely FDA cinematically approved, and perfect if you like this brand of entertainment with the works".[4]

Home media

Paramount released the film on VHS on February 17, 1998, and on DVD on May 27, 2003.

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