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Oct 14

American Burger

americanburgerGenre: Comedy / Horror
Year: 2014
Country: Sweden

Directors: Johan Bromander, Bonita Drake
Starring: Benjamin Brook, Madeleine Borg, Lena Bengtson, Fredrik Hiller, Liam Macdonald

 

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A bus filled with American students are on a trip in Europe to experience new countries and cultures. The students, a mixture of nerds, jocks and cheerleaders, are more interested in having fun than actually soaking in the new culture.

One stop on their trip is way out in the woods at a hamburger factory called American Burger. They will be let in on the secret behind their popular hamburger, and most of them will even become a part of the meat process and put the “American” in the American Burger.

American Burger is a comedy that doesn’t care about being very intelligent or subtle. It tries to bring a happy atmosphere that were found in a lot of horror comedy films from the 1980’s. It has a very simple story, a burger factory making burgers out of American students and it is set in the woods some place in an exotic country named Sweden.

When you have such a simple plot you have to fill it up with enough interesting characters and enough funny situations to keep the movie going and stay enjoyable. In that regards, they do not succeed that well. They have funny jokes, but the best ones are repeated and becomes a bit lazy. Even if it isn’t a long film, it still feels like it has a bit too many filler scenes and there was plenty of potential to do more with the premise that they had.

The way they stereotyped all the characters, even letting them all go by names such as “Fat Nerd”, “Quarterback” and “Ponytail Cheerleader” is a good example of what kind of humour is in this film. There’s also plenty of sex jokes ala the American Pie movies and a big bunch of them work quite well. The blood and guts however could have been much better. I can understand that they didn’t want to go over the top on the gore, but it would have been nice to see something else than just knife stabbings and I would have prefered a bit more over the top gore in this film to suit the comedy they were going for.

They have a mixture of Swedish and American actors to make up the cast. It’s easy to spot who’s who since some of the Swedish ones don’t have the best English pronunciation. The standout performance is done by Fredrik Hiller as the demented butcher. He nails the role and every scene with him in, and I would have liked there to be more, are great. The rest of the young cast seems to be enjoying themselves and it shows on the screen.

They are already in pre-production for a sequel to this film and if they are able to remove some of the flaws on this first film, then it might end up being a fun film. American Burger is not a movie I would recommend, but it is a fun and simple little film that has heart and youthful charm.

 

 ★★½☆☆ 

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