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Good Burger Blu-ray Steelbook Review

“Good Burger” is a good comedy.

Based on the series of sketches from the Nickelodeon series “All That,” “Good Burger” is a 1997 (yes, it’s been 25 years since its release) comedy that revolves around a teen (Dexter) who is forced to spend his summer working at Good Burger in order to pay off damage that resulted from a car accident. While working there he meets the eccentric Ed who is not the sharpest tool in the shed. 

The central conflict finds Good Burger facing major competition from Mondo Burger which has bigger and allegedly better burgers. Luckily, Ed creates a special sauce that just might save the burger joint. They just have to watch out for the Mondo Burger staff who play rather dirty business wise.

Directed by Brian Robbins and written by Dan Schneider, Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert (who all created the original sketch), “Good Burger” has become a cult classic over the years and it’s not hard to see why (especially if you grew up in the 90’s). Turning a comedy sketch into a movie is always a gamble as the premise can easily be worn out, but “Good Burger” works. Not only is Ed a fun character to base a movie around, but the movie has plenty of oddball humor involving everything from Abe Vigoda (who steals every scene he is in) to the catchy “We’re All Dudes” song. At its heart though, it’s just a good old fashioned story about friendship that can appeal to the whole family.

It’s no secret that Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell were a dynamite comedy team in the 90’s. They had their own series with “Kenan And Kel” and they play off of each other so well. Kenan Thompson (who has since gone on to have a long and successful career) manages to be funny while also playing the more serious character opposite the wacky Ed (played by Kel Mitchell). Even at a relatively young age, Kel Mitchell had a great eye for comedic timing and he effortlessly brings this strange character to life. It’s a shame he never had as big of a career as Kenan Thompson did as he’s supremely talented. Elsewhere in the cast, expect to see a lot of cameos (and or supporting roles) from the likes of Carmen Electra, Shaq, Sinbad, Robert Wuhl, George Clinton, Linda Cardellini, J. August Richards and fellow “All That” cast members Josh Server and Lori Beth Denberg. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? While the print does have a fair amount of dirt specs and scratches, this hi-def print is still a nice upgrade when compared to past home video releases.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? An all-around solid 5.1 track.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* The first “Good Burger” sketch from “All That.”

July 13, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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