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

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 must be a fan (and even caught up) to get pleasure from their huge display screen debut. Granted, tales a few small restaurant run by an eccentric household with bizarre humor is probably not everybody’s cup

My household has been a fan of the Bob’s Burgers present for a number of years, however you don’t must be a fan (and even caught up) to get pleasure from their huge display screen debut. Granted, tales a few 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 Movie affords some enjoyable takeaways that may instill hope. Sound like a tall order? Properly, would you like fries with that?

Meals for Thought

We will aggrandize the thought of “household,” however usually the enterprise of interacting with our peculiar family members could be annoying 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 children. 13-year-old Tina is awkward and shy, which makes it troublesome 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 instances an episode’s runtime, I used to be involved that the film would possibly 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 shaped a storyline that would solely be advised in a function format. That’s what audiences need, not feeling just like the artistic group ran out of propane as a result of they solely know how one can make twenty-two minute arcs. However the movie held to the rule of adaptation: not straying from the unique materials’s intent (which I explain here).

No Restaurant for the Weary

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

The Belchers have at all times been underdogs with their family-owned restaurant. As if the financial institution difficulty wasn’t sufficient, a sinkhole seems, blocking buyer entry to the diner. As is commonly the case after we’re hit with a number of issues, Bob loses hope. This dynamic illustrates our tradition: Individuals love 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 outlets are eaten up by company chains.

Bob’s bleak state of affairs is contrasted with the youngsters being “kid-like enough that their dad and mom’ 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 middle stage, offering gravitas to her character and the story.

Closed for Personal Social gathering

To be able to show she’s a (very younger) unbiased lady, Louise decides to resolve a police investigation associated to the sinkhole. Dragging her siblings alongside, they wind up the place the Surprise Wharf employees reside—Carneyopolis. The residents are unsavory, so it’s lucky they  run into their good friend Mickey. However the parolee carneys vindicate themselves by means of a wonderfully weird song-and-dance quantity. This wealthy menu of wierd associates and conditions can solely come from a present with this type of longevity. 

The Bob’s Burgers Film exhibits us that being a supportive household doesn’t imply solely saying “sure.” Supporting somebody means we will 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 individuals don’t need to admit that not solely is their household bizarre, however they’re too. We will aggrandize the thought of “household,” however usually the enterprise of interacting with our peculiar family members could be annoying 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 fantastic thing about household could also be good for us.

The film’s Memorial Day launch was no accident—the movie celebrates summer time. And when 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 pressured to work together with blood family or typically even “chosen household” they hate (I imply, “hate” is a robust phrase… maybe love-hate).

Bob’s most loyal buyer, Teddy, is continually attempting to get Bob to confess that they’re finest associates. Though Bob’s persona tends to maintain individuals 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 earnings).1 

Typically we’re like Bob, and we don’t have the time or endurance to get near individuals. Typically we’re annoyed when family members are sincere about areas we will enhance, stubbornly ignoring the adage, “Trustworthy are the injuries of a good friend” (Proverbs 27:6). Others can act like Linda and attempt to be associates with everybody, however must work on setting boundaries and training discernment. Both approach, we should let individuals into our lives (simpler stated than completed… however needing to be stated nonetheless).

Assist Construction: Nothing Cheese(burger)y About It

After Teddy’s meals cart fails, the dad and mom proceed looking for methods to save lots of the restaurant whereas the youngsters proceed on their journey/investigation. Some would possibly suppose children operating round like The Goonies and entering into unsupervised hijinks teaches irresponsible parenting, however I believe the alternative is true.

On NPR’s Pop Tradition Completely happy Hour, podcast host Glen Weldon says that Bob loves the youngsters as people, whereas Linda has an effusive, blanket love for all the youngsters (particularly within the film). Weldon deduces that “as a result of they’re getting two completely different sorts [of support], this can be a essentially 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 assist. Within the movie, ringleader Louise doesn’t need to inform their dad and mom 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 youngsters, 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 will 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’ve 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 individual is—the issues they’ll’t and don’t need to change about themselves—isn’t focused or mocked.

In some way the Belchers are each a illustration of precise households—as actual as an unvarnished meals show—and the perfect we should always aspire to. The dad and mom should straddle the crack within the sidewalk: offering youngsters journey and security (as I mentioned here) which may result in unsupervised hijinks, whereas additionally establishing boundaries to construct principally 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 youngsters try and be their finest and study their limitations.

Household Togetherness: The Sanctity of the American Hamburger

The movie’s climax forces the 5 Belchers collectively into an unattainable state of affairs. Optimistic Linda loses hope, Louise is satisfied she’s not courageous or unbiased, and Bob struggles to guard his household—however then reality shines by means of and affords 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 dad and mom concurrently right and empower her. The viewers lastly will get the hat’s backstory in addition to an attractive 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 greatest cheerleader, and so they get out of the jam. When household, whether or not blood or chosen, come collectively in reality, hope is commonly 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 trend, it should shock you. Simply bear in mind, the perfect motion pictures—and burgers—are shared with family and friends!


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

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