Good Burger

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1/2

Exaggerated to the point of being ridiculous, GOOD BURGER will tickle the fancy of those under 11. Ed (Kenan Thompson), a teenage version of Forrest Gump, works at a Good Burger fast food restaurant. He makes home deliveries on rollerblades, and blissfully creates havoc by sailing down sidewalks, leaving a wake of dented cars and fallen pedestrians behind him. But Ed's job and those of his loyal co-workers are threatened by the opening of high-tech, garish Mondo Burger right across the street. Mondo's sole purpose seems to be to run Good Burger out of business. Dexter (Kel Mitchell), a reluctant Good Burger employee, whose bad driving habits have forced him to earn money to pay for damages, takes advantage of Ed when he discovers Ed has created a delicious sauce for Good Burger. Dexter sees only an opportunity for quick cash, and uses Ed and his sauce to make money for himself and to give Good Burger a weapon to defeat Mondo's invasion. But the Mondo owners retaliate by trying to steal the sauce and deceive the public about their manipulations. Ed sticking French fries in his ears and olives in his nose before eating them is the kind of humor that will keep youngsters giggling while grown-ups will mostly just groan. Ironically, mentally challenged Ed teaches opportunist Dexter some very important lessons about friendship, particularly about trust and honesty. Eventually, a reformed Dexter becomes like a big brother to Ed. Ed is invited on his first date by a sophisticated, seductive spy for Mondo Burger who is the source of the film's only sexually suggestive content. She wears a low-cut, tight-fitting dress, but her sexual advances towards Ed fall flat. What the movie does have, however, is an abundance of slapstick violence. On his rollerblades, Ed knocks down a mother with a baby in her arms, and the baby falls through a basketball hoop. He plows into a girl jumping rope, dragging her down the middle of a street. Ed is not mean, just oblivious. He subjects his date to numerous hits on the head and painful falls because of his clumsy actions. Over all, the mighty mice employees of Good Burger successfully defeat the attempts of the giant Mondo Burger organization. The film's biased attitude against big business practices creates a negative impression, but its biggest fault is the over-use of painful slapstick violence and one obscenity.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Paramount Communications Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023-7780

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (6) times - Moderate

Obscene Language: Once (other, no f- or s-words)

Profanity: None

Violence: Many times - Moderate (slapstick, reckless driving, pedestrians knocked down, girl dragged down street, numerous painful hits to the head and falls; property destruction)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Negative portrayal of big business

Running Time: 94 minutes
Intended Audience: Under 11 years old

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