"Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?" If you're a '90s baby, more than likely you've heard that line once or twice. Twenty years ago, a little film that started off as a recurring sketch on the Nickelodeon show All That hit the big screen and became a cult classic. I was but seven years old when the movie was released. My older cousin took my brothers and I to see it at the now demolished Cinedome 8 in Vallejo, CA.
I recently caught #GoodBurger earlier this year on HBO. Removing my #nostalgia glasses, that movie had many plot holes and questions that my seven year old self wasn't aware of. I found five major flaws and questions regarding this '90s childhood classic.
5. Dexter Driving The Burger-Mobile
In the beginning of the film, Dexter (played by Kenan Thompson) takes his mother's car for a joy ride on the last day of school. The only thing about that is, his mom was out of town and he runs into his teacher (played by Sinbad), literally. Come to find out, Dexter was without a driver's license, let alone a driver's permit. In order to pay for the damages to his mother's car (as well as his teacher's), Dexter gets a job at Good Burger's rival, Mondo Burger.
Upon being let go at Mondo Burger for mouthing off to his boss, he goes across the street to Good Burger. Even though Ed (played by Kel Mitchell) distracted Dexter, causing the accident, Ed hooks Dexter up with a job. While talking to Mr. Bailey (played by Dan Schneider) about his qualifications, Bailey asks him has he ever driven a vehicle and if he has ever been in an accident.
Dexter replies, "Not to your knowledge." Throughout the film, unlicensed Dexter makes deliveries in the Good Burger-Mobile. Normally, in the real workforce, the employer does a background check to see if that person is qualified to drive their company owned vehicle, right?
4. Shaq Eating Out Of Pocket
It was mentioned that Dexter made deliveries throughout the film. One of those deliveries was to the LA Forum to deliver to NBA legend Shaq. While Dexter and Ed had what Shaq ordered, he noticed that his burger had no tomatoes. Sure enough, Ed had one in his shirt pocket. Ed removes the bun, and places the tomato on top of the patty. After commenting on Ed's weird weird thought process, Shaq delves into his burger with delight.
Who would eat an unsanitary tomato out of someone's pocket? Why was that in Ed's pocket to begin with? Keep in mind, this was after a game, so maybe Shaq's appetite was ravenous.
Ever since Mondo Burger opened, Good Burger's business was low. That is, until Ed introduced to his homemade sauce to his boss and started putting the sauce on the burgers. In doing so, Good Burger started making a profit, much to Mondo Burger's dismay. To keep their business going, Mondo Burger summon Roxanne (played by Carmen Electra) to persuade Ed. Roxanne and Mondo Burger's plan ultimately failed after a horrific date that left poor Roxanne injured.
As an adult, it's obvious that there was a way Ed could finessed the situation to avoid any mishap for Good Burger: sleep with Roxanne and give her the wrong ingredients. Then again, no telling if she would've sued Ed for sexual harassment.
2. Ed's Contract
Mondo Burger weren't the only ones who wanted to profit off of Ed's sauce. In fact, it was Dexter who brought the sauce's attention to Mr. Bailey and suggested they put it on the burgers. Dexter catches Ed alone in the kitchen and interrogates him about how this sauce frenzy came to be. Dexter makes Ed sign a contract where Dexter takes 80 percent of Ed's earnings from the sauce.
That same night that Ed went on a date with Roxanne, he was accompanied by Dexter and Monique (played by Shar Jackson). Later that cold night, Dexter loaned his jacket to Monique. The next day, while revisiting the affection they shared the night prior, Monique returns Dexter's jacket, but with a little something extra — the contract he had Ed sign. Why would Dexter still have that around with him? He couldn't have left it at home?
1. Mondo Burger's Secret
The reason Mondo Burger was able to beat Good Burger was because their burger patties were huge. Now, instead of combining ground beef, Mondo Burger used an illegal chemical to make their patties large: Triampathol. Watching them film as an adult, you see that Mondo Burger's kitchen had bottles of this illegal substance lined up on the walls. Why? Every restaurant has a health inspector visit monthly. They must get bribed.
It's amazing when you watch movies and TV shows that you grew up with and realize some of the subliminal messages and things young minds pick up.
If you've seen Good Burger as an adult, what were some things you picked up on?