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"The Simpsons Movie" energized for the big screen - CinemaDave

Aug. 19th, 2007 04:35 pm "The Simpsons Movie" energized for the big screen

The question has been, "Why pay for something that one can get at home for free?" Homer Simpson asks the same question at the beginning of "The Simpsons Movie." Marketing specialists and academic philosophers will attempt to answer this phenomenon in which movie patrons invested over 165 million dollars into the box office of the Family Simpsons, when one could stay at home and watch the Simpsons on free Fox television on Sunday nights.

"The Simpsons Movie" proves that people still want a communal experience and collective laughter. The film really does not offer anything new to the "Simpsons" family canon (except a close up of Bart Simpson's little yellow naked boyhood). Except at the end of the movie, when little Maggie Simpson says her second word in eighteen years, which is "Sequel." Given their eighteen years of television triumph, "The Simpsons" have proven to be a consistent money maker for the Fox Financial Empire.

The success of "The Simpsons Movie" is that of an equal opportunity offender. Republican, Democrat and Independent dogma is shish kabobed. A statement is made about global warming, but the destructive solutions are a manifestation of the Chicken Little outcries of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." In some ways, "The Simpsons Movie" is a return to the roots of satire from the early days of free Fox television. "The Simpsons Movie" is not a must see, but it will provide some belly laughs when needed.

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