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Overall Rating
3.7

Awesome: 20.25%
Worth A Look45.57%
Average: 24.05%
Pretty Bad: 3.8%
Total Crap: 6.33%

6 reviews, 43 user ratings


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SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Why is a sponge working in a burger joint-an underwater burger joint?"
3 stars

To paraphrase a joke from the Marx Brothers, “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie” is so simple that even a four-year-old child could understand it-not being a four-year-old child, I couldn’t make heads or tails out of it. Of course, this is not a film aimed at my particular demographic-it is designed solely for little kids and little kids alone, although I understand that it does enjoy an older fan base as well, following in the tradition of Bullwinkle and Ren & Stimpy. For them, this film is sure to be a delight. However, if you are like more like myself and are finding yourself exposed to it for the first time, watching this film will prove as bewildering an experience as “Lost Highway”.

Perhaps someone who was more familiar with the hit Nickelodeon TV show could make sense of the character, a talking sponge who yearns to manage an underwater burger joint. Perhaps someone more attuned to the nuances of the show could explain the plot, in which the evil Plankton devises a plan that frames Spongebob’s boss for the theft of the crown of King Neptune, allows him to steal a secret burger recipe and may allow him to take over the world unless Spongebob, aided by starfish pal Patrick, undergoes a perilous journey to retrieve the crown. Perhaps someone with a bedroom crammed with Spongebob trinkets could understand the details of the quest, including a burger car, a biker bar where the patrons really hate bubbles, a fight scene atop David Hasselhoff’s hinder and, inevitable in a contemporary animated film, celebrity voice appearances (here, Jeffrey Tambor plays the execution-happy King Neptune, Scarlett Johansson is his far-more-reasonable daughter and Alec Baldwin plays a vicious enforcer out to stop Spongebob from completing his mission.

Myself, I didn’t hate the film, but while it is certainly more appealing than the likes of “The Polar Express”, it doesn’t really offer anything to anyone who isn’t already a devoted fan of the show. To these fresh eyes, the visuals weren’t striking enough (it just looks like a jumbo-sized TV show), the jokes weren’t clever enough (hasn’t the hilarity of a self-spoofing Hasselhoff cameo worn out its welcome by now?) and the celebrity guest voices weren’t distinctive enough (although I’m guessing that Johansson’s reading of the line “I’ll just have to turn you into men” will be permanently enshrined in the mental iPods of many audience members) to make much of an impact. However, the kids at the screening I saw it with seemed to enjoy it and as light family entertainment, I suppose it is passable enough on its own. However, compare it to a work of all-inclusive genius like “The Incredible”, which works on all levels regardless of age, and “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie” shrivels up like a sponge in the sun.

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User Comments

10/14/09 Quamel Williams 205-420-3155 Spongebob is the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
9/03/08 Shaun Wallner Never laughed so hard in my Life!! 5 stars
10/03/07 wall lame 1 stars
6/17/07 Tiffany Losco funny, sponge bob is so silly. 4 stars
1/28/07 William Goss Has some moments that are both aggressively batshit insane and genuinely snickerworthy. 3 stars
12/06/06 Dude STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/12/06 Hotapplepie A good fun movie that mixes the comedy of the show with new style art. 4 stars
8/23/06 Kris i think spongebob sould marry Sandy Cheeks 5 stars
8/15/06 sharnae i love the spongebob movie so much i think spongebob is my boyfrind 4 stars
8/14/06 Sharon this movie makes me wanna throw up!! it makes me feel sick!! 1 stars
4/03/06 JRE this movie makes the cartoon look horrible. 1 stars
2/14/06 Quigley it had its moments of classic spongebob humor, but a movie probably wasn't necessary. 4 stars
9/18/05 tony Peice of fucking shit son of a bitch cartoon. sponge bob needs to fucking die!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
8/27/05 EZ Nice ass Patrick 4 stars
8/11/05 charisse i love spongebob 5 stars
8/08/05 Del True to the TV show 4 stars
8/07/05 Elaine My eight-year-old son and I thoroughly enjoyed the zany humor. 5 stars
8/05/05 Stephanie Garzon it was not funny... it was hallarious 4 stars
6/30/05 Peter L The movie is the Marx Brothers standard for this century. Full of Quotable Quotes. 5 stars
6/30/05 Eric Crooks It could have been better. 4 stars
6/07/05 Darcy I like the 1/2 cartoon.... 2 stars
6/02/05 me dont even look 1 stars
5/22/05 Cham If you like the show, the movie will surely please you. 3 stars
5/19/05 wendy rogers I LOVE Spongebob and the movie was ok but not nearly as good as the shows! 4 stars
5/17/05 Neon Very Funny 5 stars
5/05/05 Kristi i had so much fun watching the movie! spongebob is my fave cartoon!!! 5 stars
5/02/05 Teri TORTURE 2 stars
4/21/05 julie it was so funny 5 stars
3/06/05 sbpat21 I turned it off feeling really, really good. 5 stars
3/05/05 tatum It's a cartoon, and they address all this on the series, Evangelica! 4 stars
2/25/05 Gray stonerriffic crap 2 stars
2/25/05 Evangelica Schnapfenschalz Full of goofs - teardrops, sweat droplets, bubbles, fire - all under water! 3 stars
2/08/05 Jeff Anderson It's not ashamed at what it is. A COLORFUL, HIGH-SPIRITED, & HILARIOUS GOOD TIME, SO THERE! 5 stars
2/01/05 Mary Anne Love the show - liked the movie, but would have been funnier at 30 minutes. 3 stars
1/12/05 Tom Benton Not as good as the show, but it has its moments. 3 stars
1/09/05 Lauren Thompson Thats the humour of this movie, a sponge working in an underwater burger joint. 5 stars
12/01/04 KingNeutron Spongebob roxxors your theator! Only weak point was Hasslehoff. 4 stars
11/30/04 Trigger Greatest cartoon ever made. 5 stars
11/23/04 me Fricken awesome: wanna see it a jillion times more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/22/04 Wendy Livingood Vance I figured out that I went to highschool with Kent O! My daughter loves Spongebob. 3 stars
11/21/04 bullit16 I love the show ... but the movie just didn't do it for me 3 stars
11/21/04 Kristina Williams he lives in a pineapple and I love him 5 stars
11/15/04 Jimmy Kustes I was expecting much more songs 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  19-Nov-2004 (PG)
  DVD: 01-Mar-2005

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Australia
  06-Jan-2005




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