August 11, 2022

The Pitch: The lives of the Belchers of Bob’s Burgers have by no means been straightforward, as we’ve seen over a whopping twelve (!!) seasons of animated misadventures on FOX. Patriarch Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), a perpetually anxious, balding burger-joint proprietor doing his greatest (and, it should be famous, unlikely bi icon), and the remainder of the Belchers — exuberant mother Linda (John Roberts), butt-crazy horse lady Tina (Dan Mintz), musically-minded Gene (Eugene Mirman) and younger chaos agent Louise (Kristen Schaal) — discover themselves in a single workaday pickle after one other, from disastrous college expertise reveals to annual Thanksgiving shenanigans.

However of their first big-screen outing, they discover themselves with essentially the most direct menace to their burger restaurant but: an enormous sinkhole that opens up proper in entrance of their place, turning away clients proper initially of summer season break (and the native wharf’s massive anniversary occasion).

This setback couldn’t come at a worse time for Bob and Linda, who desperately want the foot site visitors to remain afloat proper as enterprise loans begin coming due. After all, the children have their very own issues to resolve, from Tina lastly working up the braveness to make Jimmy Pesto Jr. (additionally Benjamin) her “summer season boyfriend” to Gene’s (Eugene Mirman) existential disaster about his musical expertise, to Louise bristling in opposition to schoolyard accusations that she’s a “child” for nonetheless sporting her iconic pink bunny ears.

However when a useless physique all of a sudden turns up within the sinkhole, and their landlord Mr. Fischoeder (Kevin Kline) will get pinned for the homicide, the Belchers should band collectively as they’ve all the time finished to clear his title — and, selfishly, get him to present them a break on the hire.

The Bob’s Burgers Film (twentieth Century Studios)

Dial B for Burger: It feels unusual to get a feature-length theatrical Bob’s Burgers film in 2022; the present, in spite of everything, is in its twelfth season, an period of any present when its cultural relevance could also be dying down. And to be truthful, the peak of Bob’s relevance is just a few years gone, and its latest seasons have felt a little bit repetitive now and again. (Plus, this movie was supposed to come back out again in 2020, earlier than COVID made it one of many many years-long cinematic victims of the pandemic.)

Nevertheless it’s lastly right here, and it’s all the things followers of the present might presumably count on: no extra, no much less. This time, the Belchers get themselves concerned in a full-on homicide thriller, as the children select to trace down who actually killed a down-on-his-luck carny on the wharf to avoid wasting their dad and mom from monetary wreck.

Bob and Linda, in the meantime — with the assistance of over-eager good friend and common Teddy (Larry Murphy) — attempt to clandestinely function a makeshift burger cart made out of a house grill and a few fortuitous 2x4s (and the sheet pan “olive bar” Teddy gleefully added to the factor). Like a very good Bob’s episode, the varied subplots operate nicely sufficient on their very own earlier than coalescing into an enormous goofy climax that lets every of the sport solid have their second within the solar.

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