THE BOB’S BURGER MOVIE – A Review by Gadi Elkon

The beloved show jumps to the big screen.  Should ya join the Belcher family on their murder-mystery journey?  Here is Gadi’s review on the film.

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.

After a decade worth of seasons Loren Bouchard’s masterwork is jumping to the big screen.  The quirky Belchers still run their burger joint on Ocean Avenue.  If the Simpsons are the wise older conservative brother and Family Guy is the obnoxious wild middle brother Bob’s Burger is the smart witty youngest sibling.  The writing on the show leans on touching a nerve without actually crossing the line.  The movie is an amplification of the show and allows the surrounding town members to sneak into the overall story.  The murder mystery element gives the film a more adult setting to play off of and with that witty writing the movie actually works.

As usual the kiddos are the focus of the adventure as their antics set forth the harrowing elements.  Bob and Linda relate to the everyday parent even with an occasional nut shot to keep things loose.  H. Jon Benjamin, as Bob, really has created a sardonic quality that is so vastly different than his ARCHER persona.  John Roberts seems to relish his up beat Linda portrayal and throw a burger wearing a bikini costume on her and he can go full tilt.  Kristen Schaal, as the pink-bunny hat-wearing Louise, gets to be front and center for the film.  Her coming to terms with her innocent demeanor is a pivotal element to the show and now the film.  Tina and Gene are microseisms of their parents but flipped gender wise.  Tina share the sarcastic slow vibe of Bob while you are never sure where Gene’s mind is going ala’ momma Belcher.  Both older siblings do have their opportunities to shine with side stories involving typical teen romance and wild musical rebellion…you figure out which is which.  Zach Galifianakis, Kevin Kline and David Wain lend their voices to the Fischoeders who’s rich potential killer characters are the perfect comment on overprivileged figures compared to the normal Belchers.  But the real star of the film is Larry Murphy’s Teddy character.  Teddy is the lovable oaf with a heart of gold.  His impact in the film is tremendous. He’ll do anything to help Bob and Linda’s succeed as the town’s restaurateurs.

I highly recommend the film.  It made me laugh throughout and was constantly entertaining.  Even after the film, I was impacted by the songs from the movie.  As I went to the bathroom another filmgoer was a few stalls away.  This young lad sang loudly the Bob Burger’s theme while peeing.  I don’t know if I was suppose to be a little creeped out or oddly impacted by this outburst of song, but that sorta is what Bob’s Burgers is like as a show.  Slightly creepy yet adorable.  So I hope you’ll enjoy the film and remember to sing when ya pee.



Directed by: Loren Bouchard & Bernard Derriman

Written by:  Screenplay by Nora Smith, Created by and Developed by Loren Bouchard and Jim Dauterive

Rated: PG-13

Selig Rating: 4 Stars

Running Time: 1h 42min

Animation / Adventure / Comedy

In Theaters this Friday May 27th.

Starring:  H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz, John Roberts, Eugene Mirman, Zach Galifianakis, Kevin Kline, and Gary Cole


The Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars – Excellent movie, well worth the price.

4 Stars – Good movie

3 Stars – OK movie

2 Stars – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.

1 Star – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn’t paid for it.

Written By
More from Gadi Elkon
MIGRANT SEA – Interview with Filmmaker Stephane Grasso
Filmmaker Stephane Grasso talked with our Gadi Elkon about the immersive multimedia...
Read More
0 replies on “THE BOB’S BURGER MOVIE – A Review by Gadi Elkon”