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Simpsons Movie, The
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by William Goss

"Springfield of Dreams"
5 stars

After eighteen years and over four hundred episodes, "The Simpsons" have finally upgraded from the small screen to the silver screen, and worth it, the wait has been. In a world seemingly divided into three parties – devout fans, passive fans, and those without televisions – it’s hard to imagine anyone could want much more from 'The Simpsons Movie.'

The story unfolds at a breakneck pace, with the gags – near matching in quality as quantity – following suit. The plot is that of any episode: Homer’s impulsive nature leads to a greater crisis, Marge stands for it, Bart doesn’t, and Lisa grows smitten with a like-minded fellow who just moved into town. The lesser the details, the better.

The jokes themselves are near relentless in their pervasiveness, varying only in pitch between satire and slapstick, the relevant and the irreverent. Quite literally crammed with them from the opening studio logo to the final frames of the credits, it’s hard not to marvel at just how little downtime there is across an eighty-seven minute span and just how precious few of the gags miss their mark along the way. Like the plot, the best bits are best left unspoiled, but I’d be remiss to leave unmentioned the (arguable) highlights: a glimpse of Bart’s parts, a very special message from Ralph, and the Simpsons’ arrival in Alaska, “where you can never be too fat or too drunk.” With a voice ensemble like this and about a dozen credited writers, it’s only a further testament to how both sharp and stupid humor can work in equal measure, particularly when Hollywood’s run-off seems to insist otherwise on a weekly basis.

Beyond that, there occasionally arrives moments of – dare I say – genuine poignancy that only a relationship of nearly two decades could build to, when Marge and Bart each decide that they simply can’t bear Homer’s blunders any longer. The end result falls somewhere between South Park and Beavis and Butt-Head so far as television adaptations are concerned: it should satisfy fans and newcomers alike, without necessarily surpassing the show itself. That’s a tall order, to be sure, since the former example proved it possible and few others have. As far as The Simpsons are concerned: it’s bigger, longer, and uncut, but an extended episode nonetheless, albeit one that plays to the show’s strengths (of which are many) and dodges its weaknesses (of which there are… any?).

Sure, chances are your favorite character doesn’t get enough screen time, and some subplots fall by the wayside, but ultimately, the appeal of the big screen in regards to Springfield-set shenanigans is the chance to laugh it up alongside fellow fans, something a living room won’t exactly accommodate for. I’ll be damned if this cartoon community doesn’t manage to bolster the notion of live-action locals gathering before a collective television set and chuckling – a lot – together.

From the outset, Homer decries viewers for being suckers if they’re paying ten bucks to see something on the big screen that they could see on TV for free. What the big H fails to understand is, that’s perfectly fine by us.

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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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