When there is a long-standing television series with a big fan base, it often gets a movie adaptation just to bring in the die-hard fans. The Bob’s Burgers Movie is a sort of refresher to the series, almost like three TV episodes turned into one movie, and it will no doubt appeal to those fans. I’m not a die hard fan, and although I’ve watched the series on and off for years, I found the film to be just alright.
The setup to The Bob’s Burgers Movie is that the Belcher family finds themselves in a bankruptcy crisis, and there is also an enormous hole right in front of the restaurant’s entrance. Bob and Linda Belcher, voiced by H. Jon Benjamin and John Roberts, are running out of time to help keep their business running. As the crisis gets even more brutal with other catastrophes, their children, Tina, Louise, and Gene, voiced by Dan Mintz, Kristen Schaal, and Eugene Mirman, try to find ways to save their parents’ restaurant. All the humor and voices the fans love is in one film and, again, I’m sure they will find the movie full of laughs. But I found it to be relatively uneventful.
Throughout the film, there are one-liners and hidden gems that fans will relate to and remember right away. That is, again, why they make a film based on a TV show into a full-feature film—and to of course try to grow the fan base. The Bob’s Burgers Movie has some irreverent and witty tangents, and I admit I laughed periodically. But I was just not really sold on this one.
Don’t get me wrong, The Bob’s Burgers Movie is not ridiculous, and it is not horrible. I will just say that my experience was basically neutral—and that’s not what I want when I go to the movie theater. Some may find it a fun ride, harmless joyful entertainment, or something to lighten the mood. I feel that, for this film, I could have enjoyed it more at home than the cinema. I may decide to give it another shot and see if it strikes me better the second time around, but probably not. Two and a half stars for The Bob’s Burgers Movie.