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Yeah, this doesn't have anything to do with hockey, but I did wear a Hockeybuzz hat to the theatre, so that will have to qualify. Not only that but BluesFan44 demands a review.

After much personal anticipation-I have been a Simpsons junkie since the days of the Tracey Ullman Show shorts-I finally got to see a feature film dedicated to my favorite yellow folks and their amazing world.

In a word, hilarious.

The movie is what fans of the show will expect. Plenty of one liners, sight gags, shenanigans from Homer and Bart, crazy impulsive actions from Homer, subversive humor, pot shots at Fox, Al Gore, Arnold Schwartzenegger and of course, Simpsons fans.

The film starts with a great gag, then the modified show opening montage, and the first surprise guest stars, punk band Green Day.

The film progresses from there to a church scene where Grampa has a troubling vision of disaster to come, which only Marge takes seriously. However, Homer's chore list soon turns into a series of dares between he and Bart that turns the "vision" into reality.

As the result of one of the dares, Bart gets busted for indecent exposure, and Homer leaves him hanging out to dry. Adding insult to nudity, he adopts a pig as a pet. The Pig becomes Homer's best buddy and Homer starts neglecting Bart, which causes Bart to seek a father figure in Ned Flanders, of all people.

Anyhow, Homer and the pig ruin a town anti-pollution crusade which results in the quarantining of Springfield by the federal government. The town denigrates into a post-apocalypse version of itself, being cut off from the outside world and lacking provisions and ways to pay C Montgomery Burns for electricity.

The Simpsons-well Homer- are blamed, but manage to escape and head to Alaska to start anew. However, they stumble upon a plot to destroy Springfield and feel they must return to save their friends and old town.

The Good:
Truly, truly funny. Any long time fan of the show will love the movie, because it's basically a long episode. There are belly laughs that equal anything in classic episodes like "Mr Plow", "$pringfield", "Homer vs the 18th Amendment" or "A Streetcar Named Marge".

Brilliant use of plot and development of the story. Fans of the show already know to keep a sharp eye out for subversive sight gags and other "hidden" laughs. Plenty of that here.

The Mediocre
Some of the devices are a little too predictable-Schwartzenegger is President, the evil government agency head is voiced by Albert Brooks, doing his "Hank Scorpio" voice, Some of the material used in the preview commercials is telegraphed, which lessened the comedic impact a bit.

The disappointing
There was NOTHING BAD about it. However, I was disappointed because a few characters didn't have enough to do-Burns, Krusty and Moe stood out as the most under utilized to me-but of course they are my three favorite characters. Don't worry, they all have at least one scene where they have a laugh out loud moment, but I want MORE!!!!

BTW, stay for the credits, there's some bonus fun and you get to hear the Choral rendering of Spider-Pig.

I highly recommend this product or event.

Three and a half knocked out teeth out of four!!
Filed Under:   The Simpsons   Flyers   Hockeybuzz hat   Bluesfan   Jsaq  
July 28, 2007 8:32 AM ET | Delete
I agree! Great job on the movie! I was a little uneasy going in, because of the pressure on this movie to deliver after such a long and successful series, but it turned out perfectly!Hilarious flick! Homer rules!
July 28, 2007 10:50 AM ET | Delete
I didn't have a lot of unease, because I figured I'd laugh regardless. Even the Lisa parts made me laugh my tail off. I think my favorite line was the Krusty commercial-The Klogger!!!
July 28, 2007 2:14 PM ET | Delete
Funny movie. It amazes me that that show can still be so funny after all this time. Iagree that they under utilized many characters. I was looking forward to seeing some belly laughs at the expense of Barney (my favorite). Overall, I would rate it 4.5 stars out of 5.
July 28, 2007 9:21 PM ET | Delete
im mad i missed the after-credits fun. I may have to go see it again. Very funny though, I was impressed
July 28, 2007 10:03 PM ET | Delete
Most of it-the end credit stuff-is little throw away stuff, but funny. Nothing Earth shattering. However, I am seeing it again, too.
July 28, 2007 11:38 PM ET | Delete
I just saw the movie and thought it was boring as did my roommate. The plot was simple, it wasn't terribly funny and overall, was disappointing. I saw Knockedup this week and thought that was a really funny, good movie.
July 28, 2007 11:46 PM ET | Delete
Knocked Up was a funny movie as well. I spent 88 minutes laughing at The Simpsons, though. Oh well, to each his own....
July 30, 2007 12:57 PM ET | Delete
I loved the movie but no Kudos or Kang I was disappointed about that
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