The Simpsons Movie (PG)

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Posted: Tue Jul 24 2007

‘The Simpsons Movie’ opens with an Itchy and Scratchy short that the Simpsons clan turns out to be watching in a movie theatre. Homer is unimpressed: ‘Why would I pay to watch something I can see for free at home?’ It’s a confident gag on the part of the cartoon’s creators; perhaps a little too confident, as it turns out, for although this long-awaited big-screen outing for Springfield’s finest is far from disappointing, it can’t be said to represent the quantum leap from the TV series that fans might have been hoping for either.

We open with business as usual: Homer is lazy and dumb, Bart running wild, Marge concerned and Lisa thumping a worthy tub (specifically environmentalism, with a town hall presentation on the state of Lake Springfield entitled ‘An Irritating Truth’). Homer’s devotion of his limited mental energies to an infatuation with a pig instead of his daughter’s words prompts a catastrophe that places the whole town in existential danger, and the family in the path of its wrath.

The movie offers several risqué touches you wouldn’t get on TV, from Bart’s ‘doodle’ to Homer flipping his fellow citizens the bird, and a level of technical sophistication that outstrips the series, with several set-pieces and action shots that achieve real cinematic impact. Overall, however, too many elements are familiar from the small screen, from the threat to the town and the trajectory of the family’s emotional journey to details like a Native American vision and the effects of pollution on wildlife. The main new characters – a government villain, a love interest for Lisa – feel skimpy too.

The Simpsons’ creators may, however, be the victims of their own success in endowing the original show with a more cinematic sensibility than most TV. ‘The Simpsons Movie’ does not feel at sea on the big screen and, crucially, it is very funny. The cartoon’s trademark sharpness and density of gags easily sustains its running time which, in this summer of bloated blockbusters, is mercifully compact. Some of the best gags revolve around failure to learn from painful mistakes: Homer repeatedly shocking himself on electrified foodstuff, for instance. In other words, as long as it’s funny, there’s nothing wrong with more of the same.

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Anna

It was so funny!!! I couldn't stop laughing!!! This is the BEST movie! :)

Anna

It was so funny!!! I couldn't stop laughing!!! This is the BEST movie! :)

Elic B

Litrally the best movie ever. Im The Sipsons biggest fan and it tottally ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best ever Movie. I'll rate it 100/100

Elic B

Litrally the best movie ever. Im The Sipsons biggest fan and it tottally ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best ever Movie. I'll rate it 100/100

lil miss

this film was good. not as good as id expected it to be though as i love the simpsons. it felt as though they tried to cram too much into one film. but i am glad i went to see it

Electric Beige

I have to agree with schnarf in some respects. It had its funny moments but seriously, after season 10 the show turned crap, and the movie followed in its footsteps. It was better than some of the recent episodes but not a patch on the classics.

liam

very very very very funny film how anyone can say it was not good must of obviously been watching a completely different film to me !!!!!!!!

liam

very very very very funny film how anyone can say it was not good must of obviously been watching a completely different film to me !!!!!!!!

Lozzie

Brilliant film! Nice change 2 the tv show! Loved the pig. But where did spiderpig go? Please comment if u know. Ace movie!!!!!

Lozzie

Brilliant film! Nice change 2 the tv show! Loved the pig. But where did spiderpig go? Please comment if u know. Ace movie!!!!!

Amy Clare

OMG - the worst movie I've seen this year. Very disapionted. I Was Gutted Bcoz I Begged Mi Cuzzin 2 Cum An Watch It An I Fink Wud Rather Go An C Twinnes Live Dan Watch This BUT I Fink I MIght Of Laffed At Homer An The Pig...So I Rated It 1.... B

movie lover

i have been a fan of the simpsons for 16 years i was looking forward to this film and found it to be very funny and a good change to the tv programs but seeing it a 2nd time with 2 friends one of them loved it and the other one dident seem so keen on it but im not to sure if she was ever keen on it and allso the 2nd time i dident find it 2 funny but a good film that makes it a good day out woth mates

music chick

It was great i absolutely loved it! it felt like i was watching a tv show of the simpsons so the time length didnt matter!

music chick

It was great i absolutely loved it! it felt like i was watching a tv show of the simpsons so the time length didnt matter!

music chick

It looks great i cant wait to see it!!! i dont find the tv shows very amusing but i think the film will be (P.S I'm seeing it today!!!!!!!!!!)

music chick

It looks great i cant wait to see it!!! i dont find the tv shows very amusing but i think the film will be (P.S I'm seeing it today!!!!!!!!!!)

brian

avid fan of the TV series for years and I'm 59. BUT the film was simply not funny

M T H

Just an average movie - It felt like an extended episode - with the same number of gags spread thinly over an extended duration. As well as that, you can't help but feel that they just wanted a movie out in order to Milk this cash cow while the going is still good. Promised so much, delivered so little - the final nail in the simpsons family coffin.

Gaze Smith

(sorry forgot to rate)The one reason to see the film....Spider Pig!! The film was just average and nothing special! Sad to say but true.

Jake

A fantastic film with great puns and you need to watch it yourself to get how good it is. dont look at all the bad points because there's no point in that

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