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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Brian Robbins|
|Produced by||Mike Tollin
|Written by||Dan Schneider
|Music by||Stewart Copeland|
|Editing by||Anita Brandt-Burgoyne|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||103 minutes|
|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.
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 high school student, 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, but after a clash with Mondo Burger's uptight manager, Kurt Bozwell (Jan Schweiterman), he is fired and has to find employment at another place, and manages to do so at Good Burger. There, he meets and reluctantly befriends Ed (who helped him find a job position) 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, the Mondo Burger where Dexter previously worked opens to the public. The popular Mondo Burger produces over-sized burgers, much bigger than the Good Burgers. Fortunately, 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 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), who tries and fails to seduce Ed into divulging the ingredients of the "secret sauce".
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 to find out what's wrong with their meat. They discover that Mondo Burger chemically induces their burgers with an illegal food additive, called "Triampathol." Kurt sees through Dexter and Ed's disguises and kidnaps them by sending them to the Demented Hills Mental Hospital to prevent the public from learning 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 call the police on them, Kurt then takes him captive and sends him to Demented Hills as well. There, Otis tells the duo about Kurt's scheme to poison 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, but are pursued by a mental hospital van; cleverly, Ed and Dexter throw ice cream treats at the van, causing them to crash. Upon arriving at Good Burger, Ed stops a lady from eating a Good Burger with the poison-laced sauce just in time. Then, Ed and Dexter break into Mondo Burger so they could expose the chemically-induced burgers to the police. While Dexter provides a distraction, 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. On the roof of Mondo Burger, Kurt catches Ed and Dexter. Just before he attempts to get rid of the two, the Mondo Burger building begins to blow up caused by the Triampathol-overdosed burgers exploding. After the building destructs and the patrons flee, the police arrest 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).
Dexter apologizes to Ed for taking advantage of the latter's salary from the sauce and both end up on friendly terms. Both boys then walk back to Good Burger, where the Good Burger employees praise the two, especially Ed, as Good Burger heroes.
- Kel Mitchell as Ed, the cashier of Good Burger.
- Kenan Thompson as Dexter Reed, a high school student who desires to slack during his summer vacation.
- Jan Schweiterman as Kurt Bozwell, the C.E.O. and restaurant owner of Mondo Burger who will stop at nothing to make his food chain number one.
- Sinbad as Mr. Wheat, a teacher who demands money from Dexter for car damages.
- Abe Vigoda as Otis, an elderly Good Burger employee who cooks the French fries.
- Shar Jackson as Monique, a female Good Burger employee who scolds Dexter for using Ed's gullibility to steal most of his money, but eventually becomes his girlfriend.
- Dan Schneider as Mr. Baily, the owner and manager of Good Burger.
- Ron Lester as Spatch, the head fry cook of Good Burger.
- Lori Beth Denberg as Connie Muldoon, a customer whose extremely complex orders are too difficult for Ed to memorize.
- Josh Server as Fizz, the drive-thru employee of Good Burger.
- Ginny Schreiber as Deedee, one of the 2 female employees at Good Burger and a vegetarian.
- Linda Cardellini as Heather, an insane girl in Demented Hills that has feelings for Ed.
- Shaquille O'Neal as Himself.
- George Clinton as Dancing Crazy, a Demented Hills Patient.
- Robert Wuhl as an Angry Customer.
- Carmen Electra as Roxanne, a henchwoman of Kurt who tries, but fails, to seduce Ed into telling his secret sauce recipe.
- Marques Houston as Jake.
- J. August Richards as Griffen, one of Kurt's right hand men.
- Hamilton Von Watts as Troy, Kurt's other right hand man
- Wendy Worthington as the Demented Hills Nurse.
Most of the film's scenes were filmed along S Glendora Avenue in West Covina, California. 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.
The Action League Now! episode, Rock-a-Big Baby was released prior to the film's screening. It was rated PG "for some risqué humor".
The film grossed over 23 million at the box office, against a production budget of 9 million.
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".
Paramount released the film on VHS on February 17, 1998, on DVD on May 27, 2003. Warner Brothers re-issued the film on DVD on September 24th, 2013.
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