The Simpsons Movie
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||The voices of: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner,
Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer
||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
||If she's a fan.
||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.
||Just the normal "Simpsons"
stuff, although there is a troubled robot that can't take
the pressure anymore.
||No real chasing.
||From start until
the final credits finish.
skateboarding romp through town.
||Richard Sakai, Mike Scully,
James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean
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
The Simpsons Movie
A Movie Review
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!!