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Hysterical and very quotable

July 31, 2007|By EVA NIESSNER

Movie review

As a fan of the TV show "The Simpsons" to the point where I end up quoting every episode, I had high expectations for the "The Simpsons Movie."

I was not disappointed at all.

When Homer Simpson fills Lake Springfield with toxic pig waste, the EPA places Springfield in a huge dome to protect the rest of the world from the polluted city. This makes townspeople angry. Homer and his family leave the dome to escape from his fellow citizens.

The plot of the movie is like a plot for a "Simpsons" TV episode - you never know where it will go, but it all stays relevant. The movie's jokes are dead-on. And critics of the TV show who say it's too crude or stupid will be surprised by the movie's message of staying with your family through thick and thin, and fixing your mistakes instead of running away from them.

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But most importantly, it's funny. When Homer asks the audience, "Why are we paying for something we can see at home for free?" you'll know why - "The Simpsons Movie" is a hilarious, rollicking adventure for teens and adults. When I saw the movie, I heard laughter from different parts of the packed theater at different jokes, proving "Simpsons" writers correct when they say they write jokes for all kinds of fans.

The movie runs about 90 minutes and is rated PG-13. It features the guest voices of Green Day and Joe Mantegna.

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