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Overall Rating
3.71

Awesome: 21.25%
Worth A Look45%
Average: 23.75%
Pretty Bad: 3.75%
Total Crap: 6.25%

6 reviews, 44 user ratings


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SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The
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by Chris Wilson

"Like Ringo Starr, Iíd like to be / under the seaÖ"
4 stars

Are you ready, kids? If you havenít seen it yet, The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie is a zany little gem. Iíd only caught a couple episodes of SpongeBob Squarepants before seeing the feature film. Maybe this makes me un-American or just plain old sad, but nevertheless I can definitely say this is one of the most entertainingly dumb movies Iíve ever seen. And just so weíre clear, this isnít just a kidís movie. Thereís plenty of humor thatís intended for adults. Trust me.

The film version plays much like a typical episode of the show. The scheming Plankton tries to steal the recipe for Krabby Patties and itís up to SpongeBob to bail out his boss, Mr. Crabs. SpongeBob is joined by his starfish pal Patrick and together they have to travel somewhere and retrieve something for someone. It doesnít especially matter.

This may sound outrageous, but the story tended to get in the way of the fun. The best parts of the movie were the nonsensical bits of hilarity. SpongeBob riding David Hasselhoff like a dolphin steed, for example. Not all the gags worked, but even the ones that failed never seemed forced.

This isnít to say that the movie is free of any flaws. I saw a little too much of Finding Nemo in SpongeBob. In fact, several scenes seemed carbon copied. Also the theme of believing in yourself and never giving up was done more effectively in Finding Nemo. With SpongeBob, it seemed more of an afterthought.

Besides, even if SpongeBob and Patrick believe in themselves, itís usually for the wrong reasons. They still end up needing to get bailed out of trouble by a mermaid princess (weakly voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and David Hasselhoff (hooray for Hasselhoff!) and some other third thing (watch the movie and youíll understand).

In fact, there were only two times when the duo got themselves out of an otherwise doomed situation through their own abilities. To me, this meant there was too much reliance on outrageous plot devices to get the characters through (look up Deus Ex Machina). That would be fine if the plot devices were zany and nonsensical like the rest of the movie but they were pretty typical and only existed because the writers wrote themselves into a corner.

Enough about plot. Even more recommended than The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie is the soundtrack to the film. With killer music from The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Wilco and Ween, plus some crazy songs by SpongeBob and friends, this soundtrack is full of some high quality harmony and hilarity. Yes, Avril Lavigne does a version of the theme song but it actually works. The only track that completely doesnít fit is a Motorhead tune (yes, Motorhead) that was featured in the film. But hey, itís kind of funny thinking about Motorhead being on a cartoon movie soundtrack. By the way, The Flaming Lips track alone is worth the price of the disc. Any song titled ďSpongeBob and Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of EnergyĒ should be immediately nominated for an Oscar. What was the academy thinking?

Despite its plot shortcomings, the humor and music alone deserve a recommendation of this movie to anyone with a wacky sense of humor.

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User Comments

11/21/17 Louise Brilliant fun and deliciously absurd! 5 stars
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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