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Good Burger (1997)

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Two dim-witted teenagers are forced to save the fast food restaurant they work at from going out of business, despite a new-and-improved burger joint opening across the street that want to be the "Top Dog" in the fast food industry.

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Brian Robbins

Writers:

Dan Schneider (characters), Kevin Kopelow (characters) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kel Mitchell ... Ed
Kenan Thompson ... Dexter Reed
Sinbad ... Mr. Wheat
Abe Vigoda ... Otis
Shar Jackson ... Monique
Dan Schneider ... Mr. Baily
Jan Schweiterman ... Kurt Bozwell (as Jan Schwieterman)
Ron Lester ... Spatch
Josh Server ... Fizz
Ginny Schreiber Ginny Schreiber ... Deedee
Linda Cardellini ... Heather
Shaquille O'Neal ... Himself
George Clinton ... Dancing Crazy
Richard Haje Richard Haje ... Huge Scary Man
Robert Wuhl ... Angry Customer
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Storyline

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. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

It's All That only juicier. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, some comic violence and mild sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Guerra do Hamburguer See more »

Filming Locations:

Redondo Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,058,333, 27 July 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,687,907, 23 November 1997
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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Has yet to be released on Blu-Ray format, the only official HD version that exists is on Netflix. See more »

Goofs

When Dexter makes his first burger at Mondo Burger, slices of tomato in front of the bun appear and disappear between shots. See more »

Quotes

Customer: [to Ed] Excuse me? Look, I ordered one Good Burger with nothing on it.
Ed: That's what I gave you.
Customer: No! You gave me a bun. Just a bun! Look! There's no meat in here.
Ed: But you said you wanted nothing on it.
Customer: Yes, but I expected a meat patty!
Ed: Dude, a meat patty is something. You said "nothing".
[to Fizz]
Ed: Fizz, is a meat patty something or nothing?
Fizz: Uh, something?
Ed: I win!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The crew and second unit are headlined as "Good Crew" and "Good Second Unit". See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK video release was cut by 14 seconds by the BBFC to remove a head-butting scene, despite the cinema release being uncut. See more »

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References American Gladiators (1989) See more »

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All I Want
by Troy Taylor and Charles Farrar
Performed by 702
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
Contains a sample from "It's Great To Be Here"
by Freddie Perren, Berry Gordy, Deke Richards, and Fonce Mizell (as Alphonso Mizell)
Performed by Jackson 5
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Good Burger: 7/10
4 June 2004 | by movieguy1021See all my reviews

Movies from TV shows almost always never work. It's even worse when a movie is based off of a skit from Saturday Night Live. So it's no wonder people were less than inviting when Good Burger came about, a movie based off of a skit from a kids version of SNL that airs on Nickelodeon. Seeing as I used to be a big fan of All That, I decided to give Good Burger another go-round, to see if its juvenile humor still stood up throughout the years. And it did.

Ed (Kel Mitchell) is a man of indeterminable age who works at a local dining establishment, Good Burger. He's basically a stoner that doesn't use drugs (at least in the movie). When a customer asks for a burger with nothing on it, he just gives him a bun. Ed'd rather play miniature golf then spend time "alone" with Roxanne (Carmen Electra). After crashing his mother's car, Dexter (Kenan Thompson) needs a job, so first he tries the new Mondo Burger, opening across the street from Good Burger. But then he gets a job with Good Burger, and Mondo Burger opens, which threatens to put Good Burger out of business. What are Ed and Dexter to do?

As Leonard Maltin puts it, "Like fast food itself, this film offers no real nourishment, but will appeal to kids just the same." Perhaps the first statement is true, but is there anything wrong with that? Sometimes a brainless, fun time at the movies is all one desires. And although it's based off of a kids show, anyone of any age can enjoy it. Even if its juvenile humor doesn't strike you as particularly hilarious, it's entertaining, and more importantly, its heart is in the right place. Most of the humor isn't mean-spirited, the main character of Ed is just too likeable to do anything mean. In fact, Ed makes the movie. With his wacky brand of living, he's a hilarious character, and a nice guy at that.

So don't let the light-hearted nature of this movie stop you from seeing it. You'll get some laughs out of it, like I did, but you'll find that it's a fun movie. I guarantee it.

My rating: 7/10

Rated PG for language, some comic violence and mild sex-related humor.


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