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GOOD BURGER

SYNOPSIS:
Ed is an employee of fast food, more specifically the food chain Good Burger, and causes a car wreck involving Dexter Reed and Dexter's Teacher, Mr. Wheat. To pay off the debts on Wheat's Car, Dexter gets a job at Mondo Burger, the new burger chain across the street from Good Burger. Fired before the grand opening, Dexter turns to Good Burger for cash. After the opening, the employees of Mondo Burger decide to have a bit more than friendly competition. Can Dexter and Ed stop Mondo Burger? More importantly, will Dexter stay tolerant of Ed before he goes totally insane?

"Good Burger heralds the (inauspicious) big screen debut of Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson, a couple of loquacious goof-balls whose weekly adventures on the US Nickelodeon television channel apparently has accorded them cult status with the nation's pre-teeners. As was the case with Power Rangers, another successful post-toddler television series adapted for the big screen (careful, another one is due for release in late September), Good Burger is all about exploiting your target audience. The fact that the said audience is still learning to read and write speaks volumes for the look and feel of this lamentable mess. The story, for what it's worth, pivots on the whacky marketing ploy two hamburger cooks (the top-lined stars) come up with when their humble eponymous establishment begins losing its customers to a slick and slimy competitor across the road. Couched in a litany of inanities which only seem to highlight the bad acting and forced slapstick, the film, as cobbled together by Dan Schneider, Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, and barely directed by Brian Robbins, quickly exhausts its one joke premise by the end of the first reel. The little ones may well tune in to its wave-length, but woe betide the adult who accompanies them. Certainly one for the video shelves."
Leo Cameron

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed
: 0
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GOOD BURGER (G)
(US)

CAST: Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Sinbad, Abe Vigoda, Shar Jackson, Dan Schneider, Jan Schweiterman, Ron Lester, Josh Sever, Ginny Schreiber, Linda Cardellini, Shaquille O’Nea

PRODUCER: Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins

DIRECTOR: Brian Robbins

SCRIPT: Dan Schneider

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mac Ahlberg

EDITOR: Anita Brandt-Burgoyne

MUSIC: Stewart Copeland

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Steven Jordan

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 4, 1998







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