Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Classic TV-Acceptable Movie

While not the knock-it-outta-the-park TV-into-movie that 1999’s South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks and their gang of writers (11 credited) have made a Simpsons’ movie that faithfully expands the traditional 20 minutes-plus classic show that most popcult devotees have come to both adore and respect. Without diving into vulgarity or carving out a plot that would be antithetical to the 400 shows already conceived, the movie trots out yet another of Homer’s endless (and admit it- mostly hilarious) boneheaded moves, and Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, along with the other cool daddy denizens of this cartoon Springfield respond accordingly and amusingly. The movie attempts to plunge a bit deeper into the weirdly earned undercurrent of dysfunctional family emotion that typically spritzes up the sharp, caustic, and seemingly never ending comic pokes and asides the TV Simpsons breezily coasts along on, and the film achieves its desired effect—a lengthier, slightly more profound but equally frivolous Simpsons episode. Start planning for the sequel.

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