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  • Accidental Innuendo: This line from Kurt:
    Kurt: If anyone can get the sauce out of Ed...she (Roxanne) can.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Siskel & Ebert argued on wherever Ed was truly stupid (what Siskel believed) or faking it to be ironic (what Ebert believed).
  • Awesome Music:
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Ed's dream in the beginning, which features talking hamburgers and him flying around with them before getting dropped into a pit.
    • ... Why are the mental patients doing a Michael Jackson style dance number to a George Clinton song?
    • Also, the clowns who's car broke down just as the dog told Ed. Turns out they were for real, but after that they aren't brought up again.
  • Broken Base: There is very little grey area in this movie's appeal. It's either a harmless light teen comedy with some appealing 90s nostalgia or a horribly dated attempt to turn a Catchphrase into a feature film. The one thing most viewers agree on, however, is that your opinion on it depends heavily on whether or not you were a fan of the two Nickelodeon shows it's based on, All That and Kenan & Kel, beforehand.
  • Critical Dissonance: Compare the negative reaction from critics, and how fondly it's remembered now, with modern reactions to the movie tending to place it in So Bad, It's Good territory. Even at the time of its release, it still fit, managing to make a small profit for Nickelodeon despite being bashed by critics.
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  • Critical Research Failure: Auto insurance follows the registered owner of the vehicle, NOT the driver. Sinbad could have filed a claim under Dexter's mother's policy, but of course, then we wouldn't have a movie.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Ed asking Dexter (who, like Ed, is Black), with his usual utmost sincerity, if the reason he doesn't want to be partners any more is because Ed is black. It's too stupid to even consider being offensive.
  • Cult Classic: While many see it as nothing more than a mediocre comedy, the film is popular among 90's kids that grew up with All That and Kenan & Kel.
  • Designated Villain: While "villain" is really stretching it, Mr. Wheat had every right to be furious with Dexter for wrecking his car, especially since Dexter admitted to driving without a license. So a lot of the mishaps he endures tends to come off as Disproportionate Retribution as he's simply trying to get along with his day.
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  • Evil Is Sexy: Roxanne. Kurt and his henchmen may also qualify.
  • Fridge Horror: When Dexter inquires on what the triampathol-laced burgers will do to Mondo Burger's customers, Kurt merely replies "Uh Oh" before blowing him off. It's all left to the imagination of the audience as to what that's supposed to mean, but the implications as to what the burgers do to those who consume them are no less alarming.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: There are numerous jokes about how old Otis (Abe Vigoda) is, from him working with an oxygen mask to Ed sincerely asking how much longer Otis could possibly live. Vigoda would end up living almost twenty years after the film's release, dying at the ripe old age of 94.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Dexter calling Ed "buddy" and Ed taking it to heart, and Ed buying Dexter a light-up yo-yo with his wages (that are severely depleted because Dexter is scamming him) after he hears Dexter's Disappeared Dad story come to mind.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Ed looks quite a bit like a certain rapper.
    • George Clinton and Sinbad appearing in a movie alongside Kenan Thompson is funny (or funnier) when you realize that George Clinton and Sinbad are two of the many celebrity impressions Kenan Thompson has done on Saturday Night Live. Funnier still when you realize that George Clinton was the first celebrity Kenan Thompson played on SNL.
    • Two rival restaurants located on opposite ends of the street with one constantly trying to take advantage of the other's secret recipe? With the latter owing much of its success to a lovable moron? In a Nickelodeon production? Sounds familiar...
      • This line from Dexter when asked if he can handle the Burgermobile: "I don't know. I've never driven a sandwich before!" Seven years later, SpongeBob takes the wheel of the Patty Wagon (without a license) and declares "You don't need a license to drive a sandwich!"
  • Ho Yay: There's more than quite a bit between Ed and Dexter.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, may I take your order?"
    • Also, see Hilarious in Hindsight.
    • Dexter's face as he runs up to meet Shaquille O'Neal, which has seen use as a reaction image. Most frequently it's used when describing immense pleasure or a "sick burn."
    • The aforementioned lyrics to Ed's "We're All Dudes" song: "I'm a dude! He's a dude! She's a dude! We're all dudes, hey!"
    • "You don't wanna be partners? Is it because I'm black?"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Kurt crosses this when he breaks into Good Burger and puts shark poison in Ed's sauce.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The burgers with eyes.
    • Kurt's plot to feed people shark poison.
    • The possible side effects of consuming a chemically enlarged Mondo Burger, which Kurt doesn't care.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Special Effect Failure: When Ed blindly runs into the basketball court with a baby accidentally in tow, the kid is clearly just a doll in most of the shots.
  • Moment of Awesome: The destruction of the Mondo Burger restaurant.
  • Tear Jerker: The roof scene, where we learn that Dexter's father gave him a yo-yo before leaving (though it's unclear if his parents divorced or if he abandoned them).
    • The jokes about Otis' age become this now that Abe Vigoda has passed away, albeit at the age of 94 nearly twenty years after the fact. Also sobering is the death of Ron Lester, who played Spatch, who's morbid obesity in his youth caused him considerable health problems long after he'd lost the weight.
  • Values Dissonance: This film's depiction of the mentally ill is more than a little tasteless. True it's all Played for Laughs, but that doesn't make it less uncomfortable.
  • What an Idiot!: Mr. Wheat attributes everyone evacuating the restaurant to mean a shift change. Ironically this might've saved his life as if he knew what was really going he might've gone back in his car and gotten crushed by the giant burger.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Why, Abe Vigoda? WHY?!
    Doug Walker: You were in Godfather, man! Show some dignity!
  • The Woobie: Mr. Wheat didn't deserve all the property damage he suffered throughout the movie.


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