The lovable but dysfunctional Belcher family has made their long-awaited debut on the big screen and “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” is a treat for fans of the popular show.
Delayed due to the pandemic and while covering the film at Wondercon, we learned that the cast was unable to record together for the film unlike how they do the series.
The movie opens with Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) and his wife Linda (John Roberts), preparing to deal with their bank due to needed funds for the restaurant equipment that they have purchased and can barely afford.
Bob plots to sweeten up the Banker with a special Breakfast burger while Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman), and Louise (Kristen Schaal), head off to school which sets the tone well for an opening musical number.
Tina longs to have a summer boyfriend with Jimmy but her usual awkward nature makes things overly complicated. As the family deals with some bad news, things become even more precarious when a large sinkhole opens in front of the restaurant. This latest setback spells impending doom for the Belchers as they are unable to attract and serve needed customers at a time when they need it most.
While Louise is trying to come to grips with her own challenges, a shocking discovery is made which upends the community and forces the family to find a way to solve the mystery and save the day as only they can with plenty of comic missteps and hijinks along the way.
The movie takes a bit of time to get going and plays out early on like an extended episode of the show just with better animation, CGI, and some inspired musical numbers. The film hits its stride during the final act as the plot comes together nicely and has a touch of adventure to the comedic happenings.
While it does not go out of the way to break new ground, the film gives fans what they love about the show and that is enjoyable and loving though dysfunctional working-class characters who despite their abundant quirks, watch out for each other through good times and bad.
The one-liners fly fast and you will not want to miss a quick scene at the end of the credits as The Belchers make a fun and enjoyable summer comedy just when we needed it the most.
4 stars out of 5