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The Simpsons Movie (PG)
Directed by: David Silverman
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

The idea of turning the hit long-running TV show The Simpsons into a movie has been around since at least 1997. Personally, I've never been sure why it would be considered – as they mention in the film, why would you pay for something you get on the TV for free every week?

It's all about the pig
It's all about the pig

Nevertheless, work on the script began in 2003 and only four years later the finished result is hitting the screens – hard. Word on the street is that this film is expected to break even more box office records than the previous films released this summer, but whether it will or not remains to be seen.

Unlike some episodes of the series, this film really focuses on the Simpson family characters, with other non-familial favourites like Moe, Chief Wiggum, Apu and Mr Burns taking a back seat. The story is that Lake Springfield is badly polluted, and after much harassment from young eco-warrior Lisa Simpson, the town puts a ban on any dumping in the Lake.

However, when Homer lazily dumps some waste in the lake, he pushes things one step too far, forcing the government to step in and isolate the polluted Springfield from the rest of the USA. As usual, Lisa has a crush on some kid, Bart is struggling to respect his father and Marge and Homer's marriage is on the rocks.

So how does it differ from the TV series? Well, for a start it's longer, but at less than 90 minutes, it's not that much longer. The standard of animation is notably better, with some nice shading on the characters and computer animated backgrounds. The truth is, however, there really isn't much difference between this and its small screen counterpart.

It has one saving grace though - unlike some of the dodgier episodes of the The Simpsons, this is very funny throughout. In fact, some of it is downright hilarious. If I hadn't watched the numerous trailers for this film before seeing it at the cinema, I would be absolutely raving over the jokes in this film. But that brings my to my chief complaint – I had seen all the trailers, and between them they give away every hilarious moment in the film. Every. Single. One.

So, the verdict is, if you haven't seen the trailers, please go and see this, because it's brilliant. If you have seen the trailers (and they've been shown on TV) then do yourself a favour and just watch them a few more times on the internet – they're better than the film.

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Length: 87 minutes
Certificate: PG
Official Site: http://www.simpsonsmovie.com/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462538/
Release Date: 26th July 2007

Top Five Rating: 70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0%70.0% (70.0%)
User Rating: 0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0% (0.0%)

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