THE SIMPSON'S MOVIE
Starring: The Voices of Dan
Castellaneta, Julie Kavner,
Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley
Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank
Azaria, A. Brooks, Tom Hanks,
Tress MacNeille, and Joe
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 86 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: David Silverman
Executive Producer: None
Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt
Groening, Al Jean, Mike
Scully, and Richard Sakai
Writer: James L. Brooks, Matt
Groening, Al Jean, Ian
Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer,
David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Mike
Scully, Matt Selman, John
Swartzwelder, and Jon Vitti
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch
Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Peter Chernin, President/COO, The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
A division of Fox, Inc. and News Corp.
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
There’s a lot of tightrope walking in THE SIMPSONS MOVIE, which verges between being a heartwarming, family-friendly story about kindness, forgiveness and redemption and being an irreverent movie with edgy humor. That’s been the modus operandi of the TV show from the beginning, but it’s taken to a new level here, except perhaps in one aspect. Thus, the movie does not have the kind of bloody cartoon violence that it made famous on its well-known “Itchy and Scratchy” cartoons in the series (there is an Itchy & Scratchy cartoon in the movie, but there’s little or no blood or gore in the sequence).
In the main story, the town of Springfield decides to clean up the local lake and build a concrete wall around it to prevent pollution dumping. Irresponsible Homer Simpson, however, has become obsessed with his new pet pig. He secretly dumps a small silo full of the pig’s droppings into the lake.
Because of the resultant pollution, the head of the EPA builds a huge bubble dome to cut off the town of Springfield completely. The angry townspeople come to lynch all of the Simpsons, but they escape and go on the run. Homer convinces his family to come with him to Alaska to make “a fresh start.”
Things begin to look up for them there, but the EPA decides to blow up Springfield because other people might escape from the bubble. Marge tries to convince Homer to go back to help them save the town, but Homer refuses. Marge decides she’s had enough of Homer’s shenanigans and leaves with Lisa, Bart and Maggie. Saving Springfield becomes Homer’s last chance to keep his family together.
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE is a hilarious, witty, engaging big-screen version of the TV series. In between the edgy humor is a heartwarming, uplifting story about love, kindness, forgiveness, and redemption. The best thing about this positive aspect of the movie is that Ned Flanders, the most Christian character in the Simpsons universe, plays an important, positive role in helping the family, especially Bart and Bart’s relationship with Homer, which becomes strained during the story.
Despite this strong Christian, moral content, however, the movie has some negative content that goes too far at times. This content includes foul language and edgy humor in short vignettes about Homer challenging Bart to ride naked on his skateboard, two homosexual policemen who kiss, cartoon violence, a joke about marijuana, and a scene where young Bart gets drunk on a tiny bottle of whiskey from a hotel room. There are also some jokes about Christianity and the Bible. Perhaps the worst of these jokes is a frantic scene that occurs in church. Lisa yells at her father, Homer, to “Do something!” Cut to a panic-stricken Homer frantically searching through a Bible and blurting out, “This book doesn’t have any answers!”
Thus, all in all, concerned parents and people of faith won’t want to take their children and young teenagers, or perhaps anyone, to see THE SIMPSONS MOVIE. For its part, therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong or extreme caution.
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE walks a tightrope between hilarious, heartwarming humor full of love, kindness, forgiveness, and redemption and edgy, sometimes lightly obscene and irreverent humor. Although Ned Flanders, the most Christian character in the Simpsons universe, plays a major, positive role, the movie also contains some anti-Christian humor. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution. See our full review at www.movieguide.org for more details.