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. The movie has gained a cult following, in spite of receiving a largely mixed to negative critical reception upon release.
Dexter Reed, a high-schooler is forced to get a summer job at a fast food restaurant called Good Burger after causing a car wreck by his school teacher Mr. Wheat. So Dexter must pay off his teacher's car by working very hard at Good Burger. Meanwhile things turned worse when Mondo Burger, a mammoth fast-food chain opens across the street, it looks like Good Burger is soon going to be history for good! Now it is up to Dexter and his new friend Ed the not-so bright cashier to save the day, as they develop a delicious special secret sauce that Ed created brings hundreds of new customers to their door and makes their new competition desperate to steal the recipe and all of their customers.
Why it Sucks
- Cheap acting (except for Kenan & Kel, no pun intended).
- Dreadful special effects.
- Poor plot.
- Confusing scenes, like Ed's dream sequence.
- Bad jokes.
- Teenage stereotypes.
- Moments that seem to have some very unfortunate implications ("I'd hate to put a black man in jail"/"YOU PUT A BLACK MAN IN JAIL?!")
- Dexter Reed happens to have deliberately thrown a baby through a basketball hoop.
- This is Nickelodeon's first movie based on a TV show.
- Catchy music.
- Nostalgic for 90s Nick Fans or 90s kids
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 32% based on reviews from 38 critics. Most praise came to Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson's performances.
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."
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."
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote "It didn't do much for me, but I am prepared to predict that its target audience will have a good time." He gave the film two out of four stars.