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"The Simpsons" has been around for 20 years and has become one of the most successful and iconic TV shows out there. Indeed, it currently holds the record for the longest running American sitcom as well as the longest-running American cartoon. And now, in this age of unoriginal movies, it has made the inevitable leap to the big screen. Maybe I should start by saying I was never a huge Simpsons fan. Sure, I watched it if it came on and I usually enjoyed it, but I never raced to the TV to catch it. In fact, when the movie was announced my exact thought was "meh." And after watching it, not much changed.
Review by Crispy
Added: August 24, 2007
The citizens of Springfield are enjoying a Green Day concert on a stage floating in the lake. The lake is so corrosive due to pollution that it actually eats a hole in the bottom and causes it to sink. After all, the primary means of getting rid of any waste in Springfield was simply to dump it in the lake. Naturally, this is enough to persuade Lisa to go off on a successful campaign trying to get the citizens of Springfield to stop polluting the lake so much. Meanwhile, at Green Day's funeral, Grandpa Simpson has a vision of horrible things to come, but only Marge pays attention to him and sets her mind on deciphering the cryptic warning. While she's preoccupied with that, Bart has begun to grow tired of Homer's shitty paternal skills, and finds himself drawn to Ned Flanders' more nurturing style. Oblivious to this, Homer has adopted a pig and built a huge silo to store the pig crap in. The silo is full in no time (Homer helps a little) and Marge forces him to dispose of it. With the lake no longer an option, the line for the town landfill is long as hell. Being the Homer we all know and love, he ignores the town's efforts, dumps the silo in the lake and calls it a day. Obviously, a silo full of pig shit is more than just a small addition, this final pollutant in the lake has disastrous effects, causing hideous mutations in the wildlife. The EPA finds a mutated squirrel, which convinces them it's time to take drastic action. With the approval of President Schwarzenegger, Springfield is quarantined by putting a huge glass dome over the entire town. Now completely sealed off from the world, the newly trapped residents find Homer's silo and realize he is to blame for the quarantine. Forming an angry mob, complete with pitchforks and torches, they storm the Simpson house. And that's just the first half of the movie.
As you can tell, there is a lot going on here. In the first half, all the members of the family have their own thing going on and the story's constantly weaving back and forth between them. Fortunately, it's fairly easy to keep track of what's going on, but the sheer number of things happening at once brings it down a bit. The second half is completely different, having more than one instance where the story gets unbelievably slow. But worst of all, the movie is just not that funny. Sure, it has a few laughs here and there (I thought Bart's naked skateboarding scene was hilarious) but they're just too far and few between. The main problem lies in the fact that they just put way too much padding in to hit that ninety minute mark. In my humble opinion, they should have left out some of the fluff, added a few laughs and turned it into a three or four part season finale, since it's not that bad of a storyline in itself. Instead we're treated to this completely unnecessary movie. After twenty years, this is definitely not the Simpsons' crowning achievement. 4/10.
- added 08/24/2007, 02:32 AM
i was fairly disappointed since i payed ten bucks
to basically watch a really long episode of the
simpsons. its what i expected though so i was let
- added 08/24/2007, 09:46 AM
I saw this opening night and just hadn't gotten
around to writing a review for it. The criticisms
listed above are...laughable, I guess, is the
word. The movie is not funny? Then evidently you
don't think the show is funny either because this
is, basically, a ninety minute long episode. And,
what's wrong with that? Isn't that what everyone
was wanting? I know that's what I was wanting. I
was gut laughing throughout the entire film. This
was probably the most fun I had at a Summer movie
all year, and I was nowhere close to disappointed.
These writers and producers had this monumental
task of making this film as great as it could be,
and I think they succeeded beautifully -- from the
opening with Homer pointing directly at the
audience, to the ending, re-creating the famous
Gorge Jump with Homer and Bart from Season One of
the show. I can understand your not liking the
film if you don't like the show, but to fault the
film for being like an extended episode is
ridiculous. That's what it is supposed to be.
That's what "South Park", the movie was. 9/10.
- added 08/24/2007, 12:47 PM
im not saying it wasnt funny because parts of it
were i guess what i am saying though is that i
expected better. i think it was just how
ridiculous the ending was (but i didnt know there
was the thread between that and the episode in
season one) and how typical-tv-episode-wrap up it
- added 08/24/2007, 02:48 PM
Actually, bringing up South Park enforces where
I'm coming from. South Park: BLU was like a long
episode taken to the next level of raunchiness.
Being its in a movie and not on cable, they had so
much more freedom to make it even more extreme.
The Simpsons Movie ignored that freedom and did
what it had been doing all along with little
exception, making Homer's opening monologue
extremley accurate in my opinion. I was expecting
a long episode, but I think I was expecting a
really vulgar episode as well. And since I was
never big on the Simpsons' usual shenanigans in
twenty minute doses, ninety minutes worth was just
too much for me.
- added 08/24/2007, 07:20 PM
I haven't seen this movie yet, so I'm not
defending it nor damning it.
that said... South Park is all about being vulgar
and pushing the line, so naturally, making the
movie push the envelope even more than usual made
sense. The Simpsons has never been about that, so
making Homer cuss like a sailor or having a sex
scene between him and Marge would have been
completely out of place.
- added 08/24/2007, 07:45 PM
But, why would "The Simpsons" take it to the next
level. At the end of the day...even with
occasional language and adult situations...it's
really more of a family show. Of course, it's not
going to amp up the raunchiness too much. Even
the reveal of the Simpsons genitalia was done in a
non-threatening way that was not very shocking at
all, I guess because Simpsons knew to expect it in
the first film. This is just not a show that
should be turned into a vulgar film, and thank God
it wasn't. It's really a family show that was
turned into, for the most part, a family film.
What makes The Simpsons work on a different level
than either "South Park" or "Family Guy" -- which
is also reason why it has been so much more
successful than either -- is that, deep down,
these characters have a lot of heart and a lot of
redemptive qualities. These characters are
usually well-intending, no matter what they can.
The Simpsons is satirical and cynical in a more
intelligent, more subtle way and that's what makes
the movie a good translation -- it sticks with
- added 08/24/2007, 08:29 PM
What garbage. I've never been so unentertained by
a movie in my life. I fucking enjoyed The Number
23 more than this, and that movie ate it.
- added 08/25/2007, 01:36 AM
Garbage? Don't see the film if you obviously
don't appreciate the series. It's as simple as
that. There is NO WAY you can be a fan of the
show and think the film is garbage. And that goes
beyond opinion to fact. This movie was not trying
to convert people who didn't already watch the
show -- it's been around too long to have to do
that. It appealed to the core audience that
watches the show, and it catered to them. It gave
them everything they've wanted to see over the
years and more. And if you seriously think it's
better than "The Number 23", you have about as
much taste in film as Jesse, the Dancing Outlaw.
- added 08/25/2007, 01:31 PM
While it WAS neat to hear Marge say god damn,
this is the same type of humor from 2001 til now.
Not very good. 5/10
- added 08/25/2007, 01:55 PM
I still stick by that NONE of you can be fans of
the show. EVERY person I know that has seen the
film and has been a fan of the series has enjoyed
the film very much, and that's not an
- added 08/25/2007, 02:08 PM
It seems that the only point of this movie being
made is to see who the "true" simpson fans out
there. There's no such fucking thing. You either
watch the the show and like it, or in my case,
think it's stupid and not funny at all. It's
possible for someone to have a different opinion
than you bluemeanie, just try and grasp that fact.
- added 08/26/2007, 02:57 AM
Dear lord thank you for the bountiful PENIS!?
- added 08/26/2007, 12:22 PM
I'm with Thunder it had it's moments. It was okay
but it wasn't awesome it is just a long episode,
I can't really complain though I saw it for free
- added 08/26/2007, 02:50 PM
That's not the point, you dullard. The point is
-- true Simpsons fans seem to enjoy the film more.
Plain and simple. That's the only point being
made. If I didn't think people had differing
opinions, I wouldn't be representing mine so
bluntly. Grow up...and plant a tree...
- added 08/26/2007, 02:51 PM
Previous statement directed at OptimusPrime.
Don't want any 'dullard' confusion there...
- added 08/26/2007, 03:23 PM
I've seen every episode a dozen times, and like
everyone my age, I grew up with The Simpsons. I
hated the movie, but I loved the show. So arguing
that I'm not a fan because I didn't like the movie
- added 08/26/2007, 11:32 PM
No, it is rather logical, considering 99.9% of
the people I know (yourself excluded, bringing it
down .1 %) who are huge fans of the show
absolutely loved the film. I really just think
you missed the point.
grain of sand
- added 08/27/2007, 10:22 AM
wow. i loved this movie.. i was so happy to spend
my hard earned $10 on this opening day :)
grew up my whole life with the simpsons and matt
groenings life in hell comics, and have not missed
an episode of the show..
starts, and homer starts frantically flipping
through the bible and exclaims, "there arent any
answers in here!" was worth it enough.
see you people who say youve watched the show from
the beginning say you didnt really enjoy this
makes me kinda sad ha...
- added 08/27/2007, 10:39 AM
- added 08/27/2007, 08:25 PM
i loved the show. loved, as in past tense.
recent seasons have been pretty subpar. with that
said, i think this film does do the entire series
justice and one ups the past 5 or so seasons of
the show. I would also like to give props to the
writers for making Homer the centerpiece of the
movie, he's definiely the funniest thing about the
show. eh, i'd say a solid 7/10.
- added 09/27/2007, 09:10 PM
I've been a fan of The Simpsons since they first
got their own show. I have all their seasons on
DVD so far, and I've gotta say.............this
movie was great. I never really laugh out loud
with the new episodes, but this one had me
laughing numerous times. I never go to the theater
in my home town because it's dirty and crummy, but
this was a special occasion. I give this a 9/10, I
didn't give it a 10 because I wanted to see more
side characters, and I didn't really like how Bart
was in the movie.
- added 12/30/2007, 09:26 AM
Yeah, I'm going to have to go with meanie on this
one - I thought the movie was great. It was a
feature-length episode, and that's exactly what it
needed to be; had they changed anything major,
you'd have "fans" coming out and griping about how
they changed everything and ruined it. You can't
win with some people, but this one won with me.
- added 01/20/2008, 02:03 AM
I'm a fan of the show. A big fan. Fan since I was
a lad who'd watch the shorts. Always found the
showign refreshing, original and almost alwas
witty. Certainly one of the smartest shows on
I got none of that out of this
movie. I was very disappointing after chatting
with my btrother. He had nothing but good things
to say about, he saw it twice in theatres. I
finally rented it from Blockbuster with free
rental and, wow... talk about broken promises. The
jokes were so cold and far between and,
altogether, it didn't have the hillarious
atmosphere that the show has. Maybe their comedy
is only truly funny in small doses, but I only
found myself laughing at about 6 points in this
film, only one of those was a hard laugh, not a
chuckle, and two of the six were during the
2.7/10 for a hollow movie
that promised soooo much more...
them for killing Dr. Nick... that's right, no
spoiler warning, Dr. Nick dies.
- added 01/20/2008, 04:44 AM
How can you be such a fan of the show and dislike
it as much as you did? Impossible. I repeat --
- added 01/20/2008, 08:04 AM
Not at all, sir. Unlike this movie, the show is
funny. Not ALL of the time, but it does always
have a familiar pacing about it. Not 20 minutes of
pig jokes (because, honestly, wasn't the
Spider-Pig one all they needed? Sure. They
could've squeezed 5 or 6 in, but know... basically
the entire 20 minutes after Bart's nude
skateboarding, we have to listen to them
non-stop... it got boring real fast). Then they
keep that trend throughout the movie, they'll be
stuck on ONE idea for a joke for a solid 8 or 9
minutes without giving any time for the actual
comedy to sink in on anyone. Yeah, I get it, they
were in Alaska. They're adapting to a different
society... can we move on? Sure there's the odd
exception to the rule, but even those, for the
most part, weren't funny (Reference: Tristan's
theatre out burst of the rock and A Hard Place
joke as well as the Bono reference... not clever,
and sure-as-shit not funny).
that the length of the movie made them think that
this was a good idea, but that would imply that
their primary mistake was making a movie in the
first place. You may fix my score up or down maybe
.5 points or so to your liking, but a 9 is just
ridiculous, man. I guess it's all a matter of what
you were expecting before going in. Maybe my
expectations set by the show's good-natured comedy
and my sibling's admiration for the film just let
me down... I don't know.
Homer calling us stupid for paying to see the
movie... it was just too true (and poorly
delivered) to be funny. When the credits finished
rolling, I felt stupid as hell.
- added 06/11/2008, 02:08 AM
Just watched this for the third time this year.
Like the quote on the box "I could easily
watch this 20 or 30 more times".
- added 01/22/2009, 10:52 AM
Um, I waited years for this movie. like, ten
years or something (way too long basically). the
final result was a letdown. sorry folks. but its
true. had its funny moments, but the nostalgia was
gone. being generous with a 6/10
- added 01/22/2009, 10:54 AM
bluemeanie - it's not impossible. at all. that
response was ludicrous. i was a big fan of the
simpsons growing up and the movie sucked major ass
compared to the shows before '01... don't get me
wrong i love your reviews, but if that doesn't
register with you, then fugeddaboudit.
- added 02/26/2010, 12:02 AM
Love it, so fuck everyone else. 9/10