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Simpsons Movie, The
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by EricDSnider

"The humor you know and love, embiggened for the silver screen."
4 stars

It's a grand thing to see "The Simpsons" on the big screen, isn't it? Everyone knows the 18-year-old show show isn't as funny as it used to be, but those of us who still watch it can testify that about every fourth episode is as brilliant as ever.

"The Simpsons Movie" is almost exactly the length of four 22-minute episodes, and sure enough, about one-fourth of it is brilliant. Like most of the TV episodes, the funniest parts are in the first act -- the loopy parodies and freewheeling tangents that dominate before the real plot is introduced. Once the story kicks in, the film has its moments but isn't quite as breathlessly funny as it was in the beginning.

And yet, it's still the funniest movie I've seen this year that wasn't rated R. It has the same anarchic spirit of the TV series, the lightning-fast sight gags, the clever self-awareness, and the amazing ability to satirize modern American life without being cruel. "The Simpsons" can make fun of something you love and you'll still say, "Thank you. May I have another?"

The story comes from the Homer Screws Up and Marge Almost Leaves Him drawer in the big "Simpsons" filing cabinet of plot devices. This time, Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) is 1) doing chores around the house, which leads to him 2) getting a pet pig, which naturally leads to 3) the destruction of Lake Springfield, which can only result in 4) the Environmental Protection Agency sealing Springfield inside a protective dome to keep it from infecting the rest of the country. And if those numbered events don't sound like they could really cause the next numbered events to occur, then you must not have watched much of "The Simpsons."

With the entire town furious with Homer, he takes the family and flees. They escape to Alaska, where Marge (Julie Kavner) wonders if she has finally been pushed too far by Homer's cluelessness. Ultimately she decides she must try to save Springfield, and she takes Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith), and baby Maggie with her, leaving Homer to contemplate his fate until an epiphany inspires him to action.

This is, you'll notice, fairly typical Simpsons fare, and it's certainly nothing that couldn't have been done on TV. They take advantage of the freedom of the big screen only by indulging in a tiny bit of swearing, letting Homer flip the bird (which is completely in character, when you think about it), and showing full frontal cartoon nudity -- of Bart. I'd heard it was coming, and I still wasn't prepared for how funny it was when it happened.

The film eventually gets bogged down in the requirements of the plot, though it never becomes boring or tiresome. In fact, the 87 minutes whizz by at a rather impressive pace. The widescreen animation (computer-enhanced to a greater degree than on TV) is smooth and colorful, and the voice work is stellar as always.

My only major complaint is that, with all the extra time available, you'd think they'd give the non-Simpson characters more opportunities to shine. One of the show's greatest accomplishments is populating the town with dozens and dozens of instantly recognizable characters who can always be counted on to show up, deliver a one-liner, and leave. The increased running time of a movie is a perfect opportunity for that, and yet quite a few Springfielders get a raw deal. Principal Skinner and his mother, Marge's ghoulish sisters, Grandpa's aged friend Jasper, the squeaky-voiced teen, ol' Gil the salesman -- they're all either not present at all, or glimpsed only briefly. Even our beloved Burns and Smithers really only get one scene. Sigh.

But do not allow my nerdy complaints to dampen your enthusiasm! "The Simpsons Movie" has the same qualities and flaws as "The Simpsons" TV show. Which is to say, it's not perfect, but you'll be laughing too hard to notice.

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell i hate the simpsons could not pay me to watch 1 stars
10/22/14 Mario is the Best This movie is so funny! 5 stars
8/17/13 Shane Loved this movie soo much! 5 stars
4/14/13 Lindsay Naegle You're the five people I'm gonna meet in hell! 5 stars
9/20/12 Mike Miller Great movie. For all Simpsons fans! 4 stars
11/30/11 Dr.Lao Made me pine for the show's heyday 4 stars
3/14/11 Phineas Fuck the 20+ years of White / Middle America-hating writers of that show,and THIS MOVIE!!!! 1 stars
3/10/10 Giggles *looks down* Who the fuck doesn't like ths Simpsons? 4 stars
6/09/09 freak hilarious 5 stars
12/20/08 Travis the skateboard sequence, Bart skates naked through town you can actualy see his junk 4 stars
10/10/08 man extremely funny 5 stars
8/20/08 austin wertman loved it 5 stars
7/01/08 pin one long, not-so-great, episode. time to hang 'em up. thanks for the memories 3 stars
4/15/08 Andrew This movie was excellent, and too damn funny to be crapped at! You heard me. 5 stars
3/25/08 Isaac M. Baranoff Loved it. 5 stars
2/04/08 Derek Funny, but ending was disappointing 4 stars
1/31/08 Beck "Somebody Throw The Damn Bomb!" 5 stars
1/21/08 Indrid Cold I know it's cliche to say it long ago lost its edge, but sorry it's true. 3 stars
1/04/08 David Pollastrini worth the 17 year wait! 5 stars
10/07/07 jcjs I agree with RazorFang..i tried liking the Simpsons but couldn't watch 10 minutes of it.yuk 2 stars
9/08/07 Alice Nope 2 stars
8/27/07 Private Typical Simpsons. Average as a whole with some funny scenes/lines mixed in. 3 stars
8/27/07 RazorFang The Simpsons? Are you people fucking kidding me? 1 stars
8/14/07 Charles Tatum Very funny all the way through 4 stars
8/03/07 bat.serjo sick like a simpson. 4 stars
8/02/07 Jayne Dearie I am still laughing, Great Movie 5 stars
8/01/07 KingNeutron I laughed. A lot. Stay4credits. 4 stars
8/01/07 lucas great 5 stars
8/01/07 salemswildcat Once A Simpson Fan Still A Simpson Fan A+ 5 stars
7/31/07 Bored King This movie was great, I have the Spider Pig song stuck in my head. 5 stars
7/31/07 Chris Cama I think the whole world has been waiting for this movie and looking forward to a feel good 4 stars
7/30/07 Morghan Phoenix Better than the Itchy & Scratchy movie :P 4 stars
7/30/07 Gil Carlson They pulled it off! Hats off to Spider-Pig! 4 stars
7/30/07 Tom Murphy Great! Really funny jokes and good use of the movie format. 5 stars
7/30/07 Emilio I,m disappointed but I know is hard to create a movie and still develope the TV show 3 stars
7/30/07 bullit16 It almost made it worth having to sit through the last 8 unwatchable seasons on TV 4 stars
7/30/07 Ole Man Bourbon Cute, the fans will love its in-jokes, but a tad long 3 stars
7/28/07 Jimmy Battista 9.5 /10! Very well done! 5 stars
7/28/07 mike this was pretty boring actually. i'm really disappointed. 3 out of 10 2 stars
7/28/07 David Rosenfeld Ok, but spends a little too much time on the "Simpsons" and not the rest of characters. 4 stars
7/28/07 David Graham As tasty and enjoyable as homers favourite donut. 5 stars
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