Movie Review: The Simpsons Movie

What can you expect from The Simpsons Movie (2007)?  After an extraordinary 18-years and counting on television (I can’t believe I was still in high school when I started watching The Simpsons)The Simpsons make it to the big screen.  And as Homer points out, we’re all suckers for paying for something we can watch for free.  Seriously though, I’m surprised that a movie didn’t come out around 1991 at the height of Bartmania.  It probably wouldn’t have been a good movie, but have Groening and associates benefited by waiting so long?

I’d say yes.  This is no masterpiece of a movie, and there’s nothing much to distinguish it from the tv show.  Sure, Bart does the full monty, Bart gets drunk (ironic since bootleg t-shirts sold showed the same thing back when I was in college), Homer flips the bird, and there’s some impolite language you’re not going to here on tv.  And yet the the tv show is one of the best on television, and even if the movie is just like watching three episodes back-to-back, at least they’re three funny episodes.

So don’t go in with high expectations other than to laugh and have fun at The Simpsons expense.

Favorite lines:

Santa’s Little Helper: I did things no dog should. They will haunt me forever.

Russ Cargill: There’s a couple of things they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School: One is how to cope with defeat, the other is how to handle a shotgun. I’m going to do both right now.

Previously:  I get Simpsonized.

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