If you’re a fan of nostalgic and chaotic comedy, you’re going to want to read on to get a glimpse of what to look for in the comedy movie Good Burger 2!
Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, the stars of the 1997 movie, return as the leading duo in its anticipated sequel! Good Burger 2 was written by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert and directed by Phil Trail. The film is being produced by Nickelodeon Movies, Awesomeness Films, and Artists for Artists and is being distributed on Paramount+
The movie doesn’t quite begin where the first movie ends; It starts over twenty years later. Twenty six to be exact, where we find Ed and Dexter have gone on to live completely separate lives. Dexter becomes an entrepreneur, but has endured his fair share of failures, even having a not-so-stellar pitch amongst the likes of serial entrepreneur, Mark Cuban. Dexter visits Good Burger and finds a plethora of new employees and sees Ed, whose now a father to a son, Ed 2, has gained ownership of the famed burger establishment. and allows Dexter to become a temporary employee while he plans his next venture.
Then, trouble comes in. A huge corporation called MegaCorp wants to gain ownership of Good Burger to turn it into a global franchise. Though Ed appears hesitant, he’s eventually forced by two MegaCorp goons to sign the contracts. Dexter and Ed have to band together with the Good Burger employees to get the ownership back to Ed.
The film doesn’t skimp on the wackiness and absurdity of the original while integrating a more modern and relevant take on the underdog message of the original movie. In this sequel, it begs the question: Can a rag tag team of food service employees defeat a multi-billion dollar corporation?
Well, in a seemingly serendipitous ending, MegaCorp has been shut down and Ed is given back ownership of the original Good Burger. Charlotte comes to visit Dexter and Mia and Dexter is allowed to apologize to her. Ed and Ed 2 reveal to Dexter that they figured out how to make permanent ice and Good Burger successfully sells it to Mark Cuban, making $10 million. In the end, Dexter and Ed both got to have their own accomplishments while coming together to fight for something they both believe in. The script might seem formulaic, but I’m wiling to give it a pass considering that the intended audience is mixed: Millennials, and “older Gen Z”. So there’s still a need the need to appeal to a newer, younger, more culturally aware audience.
Kenan and Kel reunite for an epic adventure
Even if you aren’t a fan of sequels, Good Burger 2 is what you want in a great one. You get the residual effects of nostalgia when you see familiar characters and set pieces coupled with the introduction of new characters and scenarios that add more dimension to the storyline. The chemistry we see between Thompson and Mitchell is what elevates the story. The two have a long history together so seeing them on-screen again after decades apart will bring joy to those who watch.
Though it doesn’t bear any impact to the story necessarily, I think the film would’ve done incredibly well with a theatrical release. Especially because the movie features some serious cameos including NFL player Rob Gronkowski, Pete Davidson, Lil Rel Howery, Marsai Martin, Carmen Electra, Liza Koshy, and Leslie Jones as Charlotte, Dexter’s sister and Mia’s mother, just to name a few.
Even after premiering on the streamer during this year’s Thanksgiving weekend, there’s no doubt that this is a perfect viewing with the family, regardless of the time of year.
The movie embodies what it means to reconnect with old friends while appreciating the evolution of said friendship. I believe loyal fans of the first film and the new generation of viewers will equally be entertained by the modern spin of this Nickelodeon classic newest addition to the continued legacy of this film.
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