Box art for The Simpsons Movie

The Simpsons Movie

anime & animation, comedy


In the eagerly-awaited film based on the hit television series, Homer must save the world from a catastrophe he himself created.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    90%
  • Audience Score
    77%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Same hilarious but in-your-face, edgy humor as TV show.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie breaks no new ground content-wise (except for showing Bart's tush and penis). The same hilarious -- but intentionally in-your-face -- levels of humor apply. The movie features a few more edgy words and sight gags, but nothing comes near, say, South Park levels. Minor characters and animals are crushed, kicked, and killed off, sometimes in groan-inducing ways. Bart gets drunk, Marge and Homer share a pre-coital scene, and there are lots of jokes that reference other movies and cultural events that might go over the younger audience members' heads.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the impact of The Simpsons on popular culture. Is the animated show's popularity even greater than that of Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter? Is it wrong to show Bart drinking? What would really happen if a 10-year-old drank a miniature bottle of alcohol? Parents can also discuss caring about the environment and how even one person's actions make a difference.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"So, you want some of my electricity, do you? Well, for once, the rich white man is in control." Imagine an average episode of The Simpsons. Now imagine it stretched out to movie length, with a little bit more of a risquƒ element added than what they could get away with on television. That's The Simpson's Movie in a nutshell. Now imagine the last Simpson's episode you saw that was pretty funny, but not good enough to rank among your very favorites. That's how I felt about this movie. I remember it being pretty hilarious the first time I saw it, but I think some of that may have just been the theater atmosphere and the novelty of watching The Simpsons on the big screen. The second time around, it doesn't hold up quite so well. Lots of amusing moments, but few jokes that go beyond that. The best comedies (and the best Simpsons episodes) are the ones that are still very funny after the first viewing. The Simpson's Movie doesn't quite meet that standard. It's a must-see for fans and a worthwhile diversion for general audiences, but once is probably enough.

- lewiskendell, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

4 stars

B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Saturday, June 26, 2010

4 stars

As someone who basically grew up with The Simpsons as my religion, I've been one of its biggest fans since the very first episode I saw in the early 90's. Unfortunately though, like so many other fans, I've also been grieved by the show's decline from comedy gold to something I almost get angry at due to its lack of fun and cleverness (the show started to fall into the pit of shame after they changed writers about a decade ago). Anyway, after just watching this movie I'm happy to say the creators has somewhat redeemed themselves. The jokes here come at you in super sonic speed and most of them, in contrast to what I feared, are actually quite funny and made me laugh or chuckle almost constantly. On the negative side, it doesn't quite reach its full potential and the second half is a bit draggy (especially in the Alaska scenes). But the movie overall has definitely a lot of the wittyness and wonderful humor that made the show so incredibly hilarious in the past. Actually, it's the best thing I've seen with this yellow family since season 9-10. So here's one fan hoping for a sequel ;-)

- CloudStrife84, Saturday, April 17, 2010