The Simpsons Movie (PG-13)

Animation 87 July 27, 2007
By Scott Foundas
In his big-screen debut, Homer Simpson utters the “D’oh!” heard round the world — or at least as far away as Washington, D.C., where President Schwarzenegger and an overzealous EPA chief rush to contain a Homer-instigated eco-crisis by encasing all of Springfield in a giant, impenetrable bio(hazard)-sphere, thus reducing America’s favorite cartoon hamlet to the world’s largest snow globe. That is The Simpsons Movie in a nutshell — a 90-minute, years-in-the-making comic wind-up machine that begins by mocking its own audience and proceeds through the most wickedly funny arsenal of assaults on big government, organized religion, and corporate America this side of Borat. Which, as fans of the long-running TV version will quickly realize, doesn't exactly signal the breaking of any new ground. Rather, The Simpsons Movie revisits the series’ most enduring situations and themes while upping the ante just enough to lend everything a new level of suspense — namely, whether Homer and Marge's marriage, and fair Springfield, will survive Homer's latest bit of doughnut-addled dunderheadedness. The results are funny, surprisingly touching, and finally serve to remind us that we don't merely take pleasure in the weekly exploits of creator Matt Groening's yellow-skinned cultural icons — we see in them the best and worst of ourselves in an uncannily accurate portrait of the modern American family.
David Silverman Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool, Mike Dirnt, Tress MacNeille Matt Groening, James L. Brooks Richard Sakai, Julie Thacker 20th Century Fox

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