Review: The Bob’s Burgers Movie

The Bob's Burgers Movie screenshot

Year: 2022 | Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’m just going to be honest, in the first few minutes of The Bob’s Burgers Movie, I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I realized that one of my most anticipated movies of the year wasn’t going to live up to my expectations. The voices, the animation style, the overall tone…it just felt off to me, for reasons that I still can’t exactly put my finger on.

But then the certified bop of an opening number, “Sunny Side Up Summer,” got rolling and I felt much more optimistic that this was going to be a feature-adaptation worthy of what I consider to be the best show currently on TV.

Sadly, those first few moments are the most that I ended up enjoying this movie. Not only are none of the (frankly, too few) other songs as good as that opening number, but the story is all over the place, and not in a good way. The plot focuses on a murder mystery that simply isn’t very interesting since we don’t care about the victim and it doesn’t really matter who committed it in the long run. It’s like a much less well-written version of the two-part fourth season Bob’s Burgers episode “Wharf Horse.”

That’s not to say that it’s all bad, though. There are many chuckle-worthy moments sprinkled throughout the film, and a few of the many subplots definitely feel like they would work as half-hour episodes in future Bob’s Burgers seasons. But the film is just crammed with too many of those subplots, and the main plot isn’t interesting enough to carry an hour-and-forty-minute movie.

As a huge Bob’s Burgers fan, I really wish that I loved this movie more than I did. Don’t get me wrong — it has its charming moments and I overall enjoyed the experience, but it doesn’t live up to the heights of which I know this creative team is capable. These characters and this show deserve better.

Language: English
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Runtime: 1 hr. 42 min.
Rating: PG-13

Director: Loren Bouchard, Bernard Derriman
Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman

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