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The Simpsons Movie
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Starring: The voices of: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Web Site: www.simpsonsmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: You can bring them, but you might have some explaining to do, like Homer flipping the bird, Bart's dingle, and Otto smoking a bong.  Most of the adult jokes, though, will probably go over their heads.
Date Movie: If she's a fan.
Gratuitous Sex: Bart's dingle, and Homer and Marge get it on (you don't actually see it) with the help of some Disney-looking forest animals.
Gratuitous Violence: Just the normal "Simpsons" stuff, although there is a troubled robot that can't take the pressure anymore.
Action: No real chasing.
Laughs: From start until the final credits finish.
Memorable Scene: Bart's naked skateboarding romp through town.
Memorable Quote: Ned Flanders: "Bountiful penis."
Directed By: David Silverman
Produced By: Richard Sakai, Mike Scully, James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean

The Simpsons Movie
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:27 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
You have to love a movie that opens with a mouse becoming President of the United States and Hillary Clinton as his running mate, and then, said mouse, having to ponder a nuclear strike on the moon to get rid of a cat, once and for all. Such is the opening of "The Simpsons Movie," as it begins with a great episode of "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" before Homer makes fun of us in the theater audience paying to see a movie of something we can see on TV for free (sorry for giving that away, but I needed an opening for this review, and thatís what entered my head). It was at that moment that I remembered I really liked "The Simpsons" and wondered why I stopped watching the TV series. I think this movie has brought me back to the fold. Hereís the basic storyÖ

Lake Springfield is highly polluted and Lisa Simpson takes it upon her "Al Gore-ish" self to alert the citizens to the problem, with the town eventually taking measures to stop all of the dumping in the lake. Meanwhile, Homer and Bart are trying to do some bonding, complete with a naked romp on a skateboard for Bart, but Bart is now starting to question if Homer is a good dad, and if maybe Ned Flanders might be a better dad. And to add to that Homer saves a pig from being killed and adopts it as the family pet, treating the pig better than he treats Bart. But there is a problem associated with Spider-Pig, or Harry Plopper as Homer renames him later, and that is Harry Plopper poops too much, which Homer collects in a Pig Crap silo (which Homer tells Marge he also helped fill) in the backyard. Marge demands Homer dispose of the Pig Crap silo, but on the way to the hazardous waste dumping ground, free donuts divert Homer and he decides Lake Springfield should be the final resting place of the Pig Crap silo. This in turn is the final straw for Lake Springfield, turning it into the most polluted place in the United States, the EPA steps in with the help of President Schwarzenegger, first placing a dome over Springfield then deciding to blow it up, and since Homer caused the problem, and since Marge has taken the kids and left him, itís now up to Homer to save the day, save his family, and have the folks of Springfield, who earlier in the film were coming to hang him for ruining their town, love him again.

Look, the plot isnít the most important thing in "The Simpsons Movie" because all it does is give a background for all of the jokes in the movie, and the movie works to tackle a lot of things. It pokes fun at the environmental movement, it pokes fun at politics, it pokes fun at the government listening in on us, it pokes fun at TV commercialism by "promoting" a new TV show coming to FOX called "Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity," it pokes fun at people kissing animals (in a slightly creepy way), it pokes fun at Bono, and even gives us a drunken Bart.

The movie had a few slow moments, but nothing that sucked, the Bart skateboarding in the nude has a perfectly placed funny moment, and as sick as it sounds, it is perfect Mr. Burns when, as Springfield is on the verge of destruction, he tells Smithers there is something that might cheer him up if Smithers were up for it (and itís not what you are probably instantly thinking right now). Even Tom Hanks has a great cameo, but I was really surprised I was the only one who seemed to laugh when Homer found himself between a rock and a hard place.

If you donít like the TV show you will not like this movie, itís as simple as that, but if you are the slightest of a fan of "The Simpsons" Iím guessing you will find humor in a lot of the film version, and stick around for a bit as the credits roll for some extra stuff.

I really enjoyed "The Simpsons Movie" and think I will have to re-Season Pass "The Simpsons" on my TiVo. Itís 4 Ĺ stars out of 5. Just when I thought I was out of watching the TV show, they have now sucked me back in.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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