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The Bob’s Burgers Film: Hope and Hijinks for the American Household


My household has been a fan of the Bob’s Burgers present for a number of years, however you don’t should be a fan (and even caught up) to take pleasure in their massive display debut. Granted, tales a couple of small restaurant run by an eccentric household with bizarre humor is probably not everybody’s cup of… meat. But when your family members’ eccentricities drive you loopy sometimes, The Bob’s Burgers Film presents some enjoyable takeaways that may instill hope. Sound like a tall order? Effectively, would you like fries with that?

Meals for Thought

We are able to aggrandize the concept of “household,” however usually the enterprise of interacting with our peculiar family members will be nerve-racking and irritating.

Bob Belcher is a perpetually glum, middle-aged father pursuing his dream of proudly owning a small restaurant. His eternally optimistic spouse, Linda, runs the diner and unconditionally smothers, er, loves their youngsters. 13-year-old Tina is awkward and shy, which makes it tough to speak to the boys she’s obsessive about. Center youngster Gene believes he’s a musician, and the youngest daughter, nine-year-old Louise, is confident, sarcastic, and sensible. Their lives revolve across the restaurant, however extra importantly, their household.

At 4 occasions an episode’s runtime, I used to be involved that the film may lose give attention to the household or wouldn’t be a significant sufficient addition to Bob’s world. Conversely, the movie may have tried to matter an excessive amount of and find yourself making detrimental and pointless adjustments. However creator Loren Bouchard and author Nora Smith fashioned a storyline that would solely be advised in a characteristic format. That’s what audiences need, not feeling just like the inventive workforce ran out of propane as a result of they solely know the best way to make twenty-two minute arcs. However the movie held to the rule of a great adaptation: not straying from the unique materials’s intent (which I clarify right here).

No Restaurant for the Weary

The Bob’s Burgers Film finds the Belcher household restaurant threatened by an overdue mortgage, and all three youngsters have issues of their very own. In attribute Bob’s fashion, all 5 sing a music (tremendous catchy “Sunny Facet Up Summer season”!), describing their issues and what shreds of hopefulness they will muster to repair these issues.

The Belchers have at all times been underdogs with their family-owned restaurant. As if the financial institution problem wasn’t sufficient, a sinkhole seems, blocking buyer entry to the diner. As is usually the case once we’re hit with a number of issues, Bob loses hope. This dynamic illustrates our tradition: Individuals love a great underdog, however we don’t at all times love spending the cash to maintain them in enterprise. This, coupled with outrageous retail rental hikes, causes small companies to die, and we lose hope when mom-and-pop retailers are eaten up by company chains.

Bob’s bleak scenario is contrasted with the children being “kid-like sufficient that their mother and father’ monetary woes solely faintly register.” Tina is working up the braveness to lastly ask Jimmy Junior out, Gene desires to carry out on the close by amusement park referred to as Surprise Wharf, and Louise wrestles with self-doubt and whether or not or not she’s courageous. Louise’s quest to reply her existential insecurities is given heart stage, offering gravitas to her character and the story.

Closed for Personal Occasion

With the intention to show she’s a (very younger) impartial lady, Louise decides to unravel a police investigation associated to the sinkhole. Dragging her siblings alongside, they wind up the place the Surprise Wharf employees dwell—Carneyopolis. The residents are unsavory, so it’s lucky they  run into their buddy Mickey. However the parolee carneys vindicate themselves by means of a splendidly bizarre song-and-dance quantity. This wealthy menu of wierd buddies and conditions can solely come from a present with this sort of longevity. 

The Bob’s Burgers Film exhibits us that being a supportive household doesn’t imply solely saying “sure.” Supporting somebody means we are able to disagree and even inform them “no.”

Likewise, it’s been a very long time coming, however our tradition has lately began giving itself permission to have fun bizarre households and relations not of blood however of alternative—and that is good. However typically it appears folks don’t wish to admit that not solely is their household bizarre, however they’re too. We are able to aggrandize the concept of “household,” however usually the enterprise of interacting with our peculiar family members will be nerve-racking and irritating. So even when Bob’s humor isn’t notably to our liking, being open-minded in understanding our peculiarities and the stress and great thing about household could also be good for us.

The film’s Memorial Day launch was no accident—the movie celebrates summer season. And in the event you’re studying this text near publication, you could be having fun with prolonged household on trip or at a BBQ (inevitably with burgers). However the present’s vacation staple is Thanksgiving (definitely for Bob), a time the place many are compelled to work together with blood kinfolk or typically even “chosen household” they hate (I imply, “hate” is a powerful phrase… possibly love-hate).

Bob’s most loyal buyer, Teddy, is continually attempting to get Bob to confess that they’re greatest buddies. Though Bob’s persona tends to maintain folks at a distance, he’s blind to the truth that Teddy is reliable and reliable (he even builds a meals cart so the Belchers can earn some revenue).1 

Generally we’re like Bob, and we don’t have the time or persistence to get near folks. Generally we’re pissed off when family members are sincere about areas we are able to enhance, stubbornly ignoring the adage, “Devoted are the injuries of a buddy” (Proverbs 27:6). Others can act like Linda and attempt to be buddies with everybody, however must work on setting boundaries and practising discernment. Both method, we should let folks into our lives (simpler mentioned than achieved… however needing to be mentioned nonetheless).

Assist Construction: Nothing Cheese(burger)y About It

After Teddy’s meals cart fails, the mother and father proceed looking for methods to save lots of the restaurant whereas the children proceed on their journey/investigation. Some may assume youngsters working round like The Goonies and stepping into unsupervised hijinks teaches irresponsible parenting, however I feel the alternative is true.

On NPR’s Pop Tradition Joyful Hour, podcast host Glen Weldon says that Bob loves the children as people, whereas Linda has an effusive, blanket love for all the kids (particularly within the film). Weldon deduces that “as a result of they’re getting two completely different varieties [of support], this can be a basically a lot more healthy household than The Simpsons ever hopes to be.” Podcast producer Candice Lim expounds, saying Bob’s Burgers is the healthiest household on community TV as a result of they by no means make enjoyable of one another and are “tolerant and supportive.”  

I agree, however I imagine that not ridiculing household for who they’re is just one side; one other is having the liberty to voice their help. Within the movie, ringleader Louise doesn’t wish to inform their mother and father about their investigation as a result of she is aware of they’ll say it’s too harmful. When Bob and Linda lastly meet up with the children, they do admonish them, however in addition they defend them. 

The Bob’s Burgers Film exhibits us that being a supportive household doesn’t imply solely saying “sure.” Supporting somebody means we are able to disagree and even inform them “no.” We ought to be tolerant and loving no matter how they reply to our (hopefully) smart objection, however we now have the liberty to object nonetheless. And just like the Belchers, that doesn’t imply idiosyncrasies and errors aren’t met with sarcastic remarks, simply that who the particular person is—the issues they will’t and don’t wish to change about themselves—isn’t focused or mocked.

Someway the Belchers are each a illustration of precise households—as actual as an unvarnished meals show—and the best we must always aspire to. The mother and father should straddle the crack within the sidewalk: offering youngsters journey and security (as I discussed right here) which may result in unsupervised hijinks, whereas additionally organising boundaries to construct largely law-abiding, productive little weirdos of society. It’s as a result of the Belchers have set boundaries and concurrently adopted their small enterprise goals that the children try and be their greatest and study their limitations.

Household Togetherness: The Sanctity of the American Hamburger

The movie’s climax forces the 5 Belchers collectively into an unattainable scenario. Optimistic Linda loses hope, Louise is satisfied she’s not courageous or impartial, and Bob struggles to guard his household—however then reality shines by means of and presents a ray of hope.

Louise laments how her inseparable hat is simply one other signal of what a child she is. And when she tells her model of the hat’s origin story, her mother and father concurrently right and empower her. The viewers lastly will get the hat’s backstory in addition to a ravishing account of their household’s heritage. This validating realization ends Louise’s identification doubts (as reality usually does).

And since Bob has spoken the reality, has been reminded of his household’s legacy, has given Louise hope, and has a pinch of desperation, he devises an ingenious plan to save lots of his household. As soon as he has hope, Linda bounces again as Bob’s largest cheerleader, they usually get out of the jam. When household, whether or not blood or chosen, come collectively in fact, hope is usually not far behind.

So does Tina lastly work up the braveness to ask out Jimmy Junior? Does Gene rock the Wharf? Does Louise resolve the case and regain her confidence and independence? You’ll simply have to observe the film—however in true Bob’s Burgers vogue, it’s going to shock you. Simply keep in mind, the perfect films—and burgers—are shared with family and friends!


1. Teddy labeled the cart “Bob Burgers,” which homages the episode “O.T.: The Outdoors Bathroom” the place he thinks Bob’s final identify is “Burgers”!



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