“The Bob’s Burgers Movie” (20th Century)
By Catholic News Service
Frequently amusing animated comedy follows the adventures of the titular restaurant’s owner (voice of H. Jon Benjamin), his wife (voice of John Roberts) and their three children (voices of Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal).
With the payment on a bank loan looming, a sinkhole abruptly opens up in front of the family eatery, threatening its future. As Mom and Dad try to adapt to the situation, the youngsters set out to solve the murder of a skeleton found in the suddenly formed pit, hoping to clear their wealthy landlord (voice of Kevin Kline), who stands accused of the crime, and thus gain his financial help.
Directors Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman’s adaptation of the long-running Fox TV show, which Bouchard also co-wrote, mixes wry observations and quirky personalities with a few jaunty songs. But the dialogue is larded with restrained swearing while the elder daughter’s romantic thoughts about a schoolmate (also voiced by Benjamin) sometimes focus on the seat of his pants, making this most appropriate for older teens and their seniors.
Pervasive mildly profane language, occasional scatological and anatomical humor, several crass terms. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.