Now the longest-running TV show in history is the funniest movie of the year…That’s right, our friends Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Flanders, Barney, Moe, Itchy, Scratchy, Lovejoy, Apu, Wiggum, Ralph, Skinner, and Dr. Nick plus Green Day, Albert Brooks, Minnie Driver, and a special guest appearance by Tom Hanks. Call it an ensemble cast, and a fine one at that.
The Simpsons is up with I Love Lucy and Seinfield as the greatest American TV shows ever. I mean, this show has been running for 18 years, with 400+ episodes and countless bootleg Bart Simpson T-shirts and has really became part of American culture. And with that, this is probably the most anticipated movie of the summer, for most TV watchers. Considering the relative disappointment of The Spongebob Movie, a lot of people (including myself) were very skeptical as the trailers debuted.
I assure even the most hardened and skeptical moviegoers that they will have the most fun at the theaters than any other movie this year at The Simpsons Movie. This is so gut-bustlingly, and consistenly funny that I swear I need a surgery on my gut. The humor ranges from the most obvious to the most cynical, political gags in recent memory. A guest appearance from the popular rock band Green Day is one of the highlights of the film, despite being killed by an angry mob two minutes into their performance. (A reference to Titanic follows).
Here’s the plot. Homer adopts a new pet pig, who he names Harry Plopper. Marge is nervous about the pig, especially concerning its droppings. And seeing as their town Springfield is the most polluted town in America, the corrupt government (headed by Arnold Schwarzenegger) sees fit to put an unbreakable dome over the town, thus sealing them in. Things get much worse when Homer drops the pig’s poop in the lake. Now, the water is completely contaminated, and an angry mob goes after the Simpsons. After a bizarre escape from the dome, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie go on the run. But after the government decides to blow Springfield away, the Simpsons must unite to save the town that tried to kill them. And along the way, discover the importance of family.
Oh, and Bart skateboards around Springfield naked, and discovers the wonders of whiskey.
And Lisa gets a boyfriend, Colin.
And baby Maggie knocks out a politician.
And Dr. Nick gets blown up. (Oops.)
Sound entertaining? Boy, get down to the theater and BUY THAT TICKET! A-