This big screen adaptation hits the ground running when Bob and Linda find out they have seven days to repay a bank loan they can’t afford. On the same day, a massive sinkhole opens in front of their restaurant, which you could say negatively impacts business. At school, Tina obsesses over turning Jimmy Jr. (also Benjamin) into her summer boyfriend; Gene keeps trying to get his band, The Itty Bitty Ditty Committee, off the ground; and Louise struggles with self-esteem when she’s called a baby by the older girls. Most of the characters are dealing with doubt to some degree—over the business, over a boy, over art, over maturity. The writers of “Bob’s Burgers” have often been able to thread relatable, emotional issues through their often-broad, goofy, Broadway musical-inspired scripts in a way that can sneak up on you.
Any “Bob’s Burgers” fan will tell you that original music is a big part of the show and there are some fantastic numbers in “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” even if I could have actually done with a couple more. The highlights are the opening number that kicks off the story on a perfect note and a great bit with carnival workers doing some impressive choreography, but the music aspect gets largely dropped for the reveals of a mystery plot when it looks like one of the Fischoeders may have committed a murder.