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Simpsons Movie, The
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by brianorndorf

"Once again, The Simpsons top all expectations"
5 stars

It took 17 years to hoist this animated prime-time gem to the big screen. Now there’s an example of monetary patience unheard of in Hollywood. Faced with impossible expectations from a fanbase that’s memorized every last breath of the show, “The Simpsons Movie” proudly marches into theaters with widescreen glory worthy of such an iconic program. My friends, there is no “Ha-ha!” to be found here.

When Homer makes a critical error in judgment and dumps a silo of pig excrement into Springfield’s lake, the community is immediately quarantined as an environmental hazard, and President Schwarzenegger orders the town enclosed in a protective glass dome. Now the object of immense hatred in the neighborhood, Homer barely escapes the wrath of the locals to figure out a solution to the problem at hand, traveling to Alaska to clear his mind and start over. For Marge, Bart, and Lisa, questions about Homer’s place in their hearts arise, leaving Bart to seek a new father in the waiting arms of Ned Flanders.

When “South Park” and “Beavis and Butt-Head” made the leap from the small screen to multiplex stardom, the productions wisely elected to take the most fantastical direction possible, be it a road trip across America or a full-on, say-hey Broadway musical. “The Simpsons Movie” doesn’t play by those same expectations, because, well...they’ve done it all over the last two decades. There’s little material left for this franchise to toy with, so the producers have decided to keep the ingredients familiar to best please fan and non-fan alike.

Of course, there’s a mild, creeping disappointment that that movie doesn’t reach for the comedy heavens at first. Perhaps expectation is the wet blanket draped over this film: when it comes down to the finer details, “Movie” is a thoroughly entertaining, frequently hilarious, fanboy wink convention that pleases endlessly by sticking close to the formula that made the show an immortal animated classic.

The plot is undemanding, straight-up Homer monkey business, but the screenwriters find much to bat around during the 85-minute running time. A majority of the laughs originate from the sparkly new big-screen treatment, with “Movie” taking shots at filmgoing culture and embracing its new PG-13 freedom. Let’s just say if you’ve even wanted to hear Marge curse lightly, Otto partake in his favorite pastime, or witness big screen Bart nudity, here’s your shot.

The rest of the picture settles into an extended episode of the show, throwing in some guest stars (including Green Day and Albert Brooks, who kills here as a wicked EPA overlord), shovelfuls of “Simpsons” community throwaway gags (is Ralph officially gay now?), and maintaining a sharp satiric aim toward politics and religion.

If the argument is tiresome familiarity, I counter with the kindness of comfort. “Movie” doesn’t challenge the franchise as much as it kicks back and embraces what 17 years have accomplished. To me, that’s a helluva lot of comedic ammo to entertain with, and “The Simpsons Movie” pulls off pure yellow magic.

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originally posted: 07/27/07 03:20:33
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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
8/16/13 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
9/19/12 Mike Miller Great movie. For all Simpsons fans! 4 stars
11/29/11 Dr.Lao Made me pine for the show's heyday 4 stars
3/13/11 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
6/08/09 freak hilarious 5 stars
12/19/08 Travis the skateboard sequence, Bart skates naked through town you can actualy see his junk 4 stars
10/09/08 man extremely funny 5 stars
8/19/08 austin wertman loved it 5 stars
6/30/08 pin meh...like one long, not-so-great, episode. time to hang 'em up. thanks for the memories 3 stars
4/14/08 Andrew This movie was excellent, and too damn funny to be crapped at! You heard me. 5 stars
3/24/08 Isaac M. Baranoff Loved it. 5 stars
2/03/08 Derek Funny, but ending was disappointing 4 stars
1/30/08 Beck "Somebody Throw The Damn Bomb!" 5 stars
1/20/08 Indrid Cold I know it's cliche to say it long ago lost its edge, but sorry it's true. 3 stars
1/03/08 David Pollastrini worth the 17 year wait! 5 stars
10/06/07 jcjs I agree with RazorFang..i tried liking the Simpsons but couldn't watch 10 minutes of it.yuk 2 stars
9/07/07 Alice Nope 2 stars
8/26/07 Private Typical Simpsons. Average as a whole with some funny scenes/lines mixed in. 3 stars
8/26/07 RazorFang The Simpsons? Are you people fucking kidding me? 1 stars
8/13/07 Charles Tatum Very funny all the way through 4 stars
8/02/07 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
7/31/07 lucas great 5 stars
7/31/07 salemswildcat Once A Simpson Fan Still A Simpson Fan A+ 5 stars
7/30/07 Bored King This movie was great, I have the Spider Pig song stuck in my head. 5 stars
7/30/07 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
7/29/07 Gil Carlson They pulled it off! Hats off to Spider-Pig! 4 stars
7/29/07 Tom Murphy Great! Really funny jokes and good use of the movie format. 5 stars
7/29/07 Emilio I,m disappointed but I know is hard to create a movie and still develope the TV show 3 stars
7/29/07 bullit16 It almost made it worth having to sit through the last 8 unwatchable seasons on TV 4 stars
7/29/07 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
7/27/07 mike this was pretty boring actually. i'm really disappointed. 3 out of 10 2 stars
7/27/07 David Rosenfeld Ok, but spends a little too much time on the "Simpsons" and not the rest of characters. 4 stars
7/27/07 David Graham As tasty and enjoyable as homers favourite donut. 5 stars
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