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Good Burger Review

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OK for kids 10+

Good-natured '90s comedy loaded with pratfalls, silliness.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Good Burger is a late-'90s comedy about two dimwitted teenagers who work at a fast food joint and are portrayed as loafers and schemers, until they learn they may lose their jobs. It has an absurd silliness, some reckless driving, mild profanity ("ass"), and a lot of burger-themed pratfalls and puns, but it's ultimately a good-natured slapstick comedy about friendship and doing the right thing.

  • Families can talk about job loyalty. Would you be loyal to Good Burger? Would you try to save a place you worked, even if it didn't pay well or treat you very nicely? Why or why not?
  • One of the characters often seems dumber than he is. Do you know anyone who plays dumb sometimes? What are reasons someone would play dumb?
  • Do you know anyone with hidden talents? What are some talents you have that you didn't know you had, and how did you discover them?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Good Burger offers positive messages about community, friendship, and integrity, particularly regarding employment and fairness. It has a particular soft spot for hidden intelligence, or the notion that people may be smarter than they seem and capable of talents that are not obvious from their appearance.

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    Role models: Some teenage characters are hardworking and honest, with clear moral center, while others flout the rules and try to get away with doing as little as possible. But even in cases where characters take shortcuts or do not behave admirably, they still often demonstrate loyalty, fairness, remorse, kindness, and the desire to make things right.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The movie contains cartoonish violence largely centered around sight gags and slapstick pratfalls. A teenager drives a car without a license or insurance and causes a wreck, but is on the hook to pay for the damage. In multiple other scenes, cars are driven recklessly leading to near-collisions, but no injuries. A teenager's skates trap a young girl's jump rope, which drags her down the street, bumping her head (but with no injury). In another scene, a teenage boy rides a skateboard recklessly through a variety of obstacles, including nearly running over a woman with a baby, and instead, grabbing the baby, only to careen out of control until he hits a group of men playing basketball, who then grab the baby and accidentally slam dunk it (the baby is fine). A teenager falls onto the hood of a car, landing on the windshield. In another scene, hamburger patties explode wildly.

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    Sex: There is some minor sexual humor and suggestiveness, such as when a woman behaves in an overtly sexualized manner to steal a recipe from a teenager, telling him she will "do whatever he wants" to get it. There is a brief scene that focuses on her behind as sexually enticing.

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    Language: Mild profanity used on occasion, such as "ass," and mostly mild insulting language, like "maggot" or "stupid" or "crap" or "incompetent."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Poisons are used or threatened to contaminate the food supply in a few subplots.