Originally posted July 30, 2007.
So I might’ve overblown this review in retrospect but I stand by the hilarity of the movie. It’s a true gem and probably the last truly good thing the Simpsons will do before they go off the air. It’s like Bret Favre: way past his prime but still able to bring his A-game once in awhile.
From the opening credits where Homer stands up in a movie theatre declaring, “Why would anyone pay to see something that they can get for free on TV?” Then looks directly at the audience…I knew this was going to be something special. I felt like what Bart must’ve felt like to see the Itchy and Scratchy Movie (who, by the way, makes an appearance along with pretty much everyone else in Springfield). I felt like I was watching a defining movie of my generation.
The Simpsons movie not only lived up to my overbloated Comic-Book Guy expectations…it provided a seamless storyline riddled with machine-gun-like humour that I came to expect and love from the Simpsons. No avenue is safe from Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, and Maggie. Taking jabs at Al Gore (“An Irritating Truth”), President Bush (“I’ve been elected to lead, not read”), and organized religion (“There are no answers in this book.”), you’ll find yourself laughing like Dr. Hibbert.
Now…I’d love to go on a quote-fest from the movie…and like any great Simpsons episode…this won’t take away from anything because the beauty of the Simpsons is that you can watch it over and over again without getting tired (at least Seasons 1-9). The delivery is so perfect. Having said that, I’m not going to quote every line of the movie…some things just deserve to be a surprise (sorry, Tara).
No funny movie since Office Space (or maybe as far back as Wayne’s World) will spawn a slew of catchphrases which will be heard until the end of time. Such as “Spider-Pig” or “Thank you, Boob-lady!” or Ralph saying “I like men now.” Or Bart: “This is the worst day of my life.” and Homer replying “This is the worse day of your life SO FAR.” (OK…I promise…I’ll stop the quotes.)
So, if you’re a fan of the Simpsons, irreverent satirical humour, or just like a good funny story with a lot of heart, this one’s for you.
Just a side note to the writers: Writers…if you could pull off a brilliant piece of comic hilarity like this gem that would rival any early episode, why don’t you invest some of that talent in the current episodes?
One last thing: stay during the credits…consider yourselves warned.
9.7 frames of Bart’s Doodle out of 10 (consider yourselves warned again)