The Belchers try to save the restaurant from closing as a sinkhole forms in front of it, while the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family's restaurant. (from IMDB)
When it comes to modern animated series, I have to say there aren't too many I follow (if any, really). Titles fitting that description that come to mind are Family Guy, American Dad, Futurama, and Bob's Burgers. Either the edgier humor isn't my cup of tea, or I just don't find it all that funny. So it should surprise you to see me writing a review for something like The Bob's Burgers Movie. In all honesty, Disney's PR team sent us a digital copy to review, so that is the only reason why I watched it. So, dear reader, please keep that in mind if you read on.
A good friend of mine is a devoted fan of Bob's Burgers, and he and his wife ventured out to see the new movie when it was in theaters. According to him, he really enjoyed the film, so I take it that it lands pretty well with fans. For me, an outsider of the franchise, though, it was sort of like watching The Simpson's Movie -- another animated series I never could get into. These more adult-targeted series can be more crass at times, including sexual gags and even some profanity (with some series being far more explicit). I've seen probably a total of one, maybe two episodes of the Bob's Burgers show that my friend had showed me, and I could tell then that it just wasn't my cup of tea. I love quirky humor, but this is definitely a whole nother animal. For example, the animation is a flat, 2D style animation that isn't refined like something any 80's or 90's kid may have grown up watching from Disney, with all of the characters having these extremely wide eyes and almost dead stare all the time. The story centers around an independent burger business run by a family called The Belchers (ha...), with all of the characters in the family - men and women - being voiced by men, save for one of the daughters, Louise, being voiced by Kristen Schaal. Otherwise, Bob's wife Linda is voiced by John Roberts, and daughter Tina is voiced by Dan Mintz. It's weird. I get that that is part of the humor of the series, but it's a tough adjustment hearing masculine voices coming from a little girl and her mom.
OK, so all of that said, I tried to approach The Bob's Burgers Movie with as open a mind as I could, and was ready to be entertained or won over by The Belchers. Unfortunately, I think it's just one of those things where you really have to have had prior investment in these characters to truly be able to enjoy it. As my friend warned me before I watched this, there have been 12 seasons of Bob's Burgers prior to this. And while I expect full well for there to be things about this movie that only faithful fans can appreciate, I aimed to approach it mentally as a standalone movie. So, as a standalone story, I think it's fine, and it works, but I can understand that it's kind of like reading just one chapter out of a much longer and involved story.
The Bob's Burgers Movie plot centers around the struggles the Belchers are going through when a sinkhole forms right outside their restaurant, making it impossible for patrons to get inside. Meanwhile, young Louise is trying to prove to her peers that she's not just a "baby" anymore, and ventures into the hole only to uncover a body that leads to a murder mystery. It makes for an entertaining hour and 40 minutes, but it probably plays out mostly like any film for a long-running TV show does.
So, on its own, how does The Bob's Burgers Movie work? Nothing about the movie changed my previous feelings about the series, the characters, the animation style, or its brand of humor. I did find myself chuckling a few times at some of the jokes, but for the most part, the style of the film just doesn't land well with me. Even if it's just viewed as a one-off story, it just didn't hook me. I didn't find it emotionally engaging or the characters all that likeable. I would much rather tune into a new story like The Bad Guys than watch a movie of this style. The murder mystery was a little intriguing, and I can't say if it actually involves new characters to the show or seasoned ones, but that was probably the most engaging aspect of the story. In the end, however, I found the movie as a whole to be pretty unmemorable.
The content for The Bob's Burgers Movie does earn it its PG-13 rating, but it isn't excessively vulgar or crude. Still, there are some suggestive and silly jokes - like Tina's obsession for a boy at school that she likes and continues to fantasize about his butt and seeing him in just his briefs -- and quite a lot of uses of "Oh my G-d" and its variants as exclamations. There are also a few uses of "h*ll," "d*mn," and "*ss" mixed in as well. The murder mystery is handled pretty delicately -- with a flashback at the beginning showing the shadows of two unseen characters struggling and then we hear a gunshot off screen. Later, when Louise stumbles upon the buried corpse, the skeleton falls on her and some of its teeth fall into her open mouth. It's gross, but I suppose it's played for shock and laughs.
In all honesty, I do know I'm not the best person to be reviewing the movie for a long running series I've never watched, but from the perspective of someone who is going in fresh to it, I find its merit as a standalone movie severely lacking. It's probably just want fans would want in a Bob's Burgers feature film, but if you have no previous history with the series, I see no reason to start with this movie.- John DiBiase (reviewed: 7/14/22)
Disclaimer: All reviews are based solely on the opinions of the reviewer. Most reviews are rated on how the reviewer enjoyed the film overall, not exclusively on content. However, if the content really affects the reviewer's opinion and experience of the film, it will definitely affect the reviewer's overall rating.
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