The Simpsons Movie

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Same hilarious but in-your-face, edgy humor as TV show.
  • PG-13
  • 2007
  • 86 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 59 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 331 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Homer has an epiphany that other people's feelings, especially his family's, are just as important as his own. He acts selflessly for the first time, well, ever.

Violence

Besides the many painful gags involving Homer, a couple minor characters die (two are smushed); a robot commits suicide; mobsters haul a dead body in a rug; an angry mob tries to lynch the Simpsons; and Homer, as always, strangles Bart.

Sex

Bart skateboards naked -- his butt showing and a momentary penis shot. Homer and Marge get into bed mostly undressed to make love (no nudity is shown).

Language

For the most part, same as any episode: "ass," "hell," "dammit," "cojones," "crap," "god--m," "screw"

Consumerism

Just well known fictional Springfield brands like Buzz cola, Duff beer, the Kwik-E-Mart, Krusty burgers, etc. Green Day and their song "American Idiot" are spotlighted.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Bart drinks an entire mini bottle of whiskey; Otto smokes a bong; Homer and his bar mates drink beer at Moe's (and other places as well).

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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRarityfan August 24, 2018

A must watch

A must watch for the whole family mostly from 7 and up. Lots of action and romance including lots out of context, but the movie is most lighthearted. Of course... Continue reading
Parent of a 11-year-old Written bymarnff March 8, 2020

Kid, 11 years old

In my opinion this movie is a really entertaining, animated comedy.
It is about pollution in Lake Springfield and the Springfield citizens who try to stop it.... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 5, 2016

Great film from an amazing cartoon

The Simpsons Movie is a very funny but I don't think it should not be viewed by under 12s. Language is not very strong but includes uses of "crap... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byMMSbro July 10, 2020

Its a very funny movie!

Its inappropriate but I think an 11 year old can watch it. There is also swearing and the desire of money and bear.

What's the story?

Springfield lovers have been waiting, like Homer drooling over an out-of-reach donut, more than 18 years for Matt Groening and James L. Brooks to get the merry geniuses behind The Simpsons to create a feature-length film. Finally, followers can see their beloved first family of animation on the big screen, and it was it worth the wait. Homer's (Dan Castellaneta) up to his usual tricks in THE SIMPSONS MOVIE when his selfishness (in this case, adopting a pig) triggers the worst emergency in Springfield's long and disaster-prone history. Meanwhile, Bart (Nancy Cartwright) starts wishing okalee-dorkily neighbor Ned Flanders (Harry Shearer) were his father, and Lisa (Yeardley Smith) falls for a young Irish activist. Marge (Julie Kavner), as always, sums up all her patience to deal with the latest family crisis.

Is it any good?

While The Simpsons Movie probably can't compare to any fan's favorite episodes, it's a triumphant collaboration of nearly a dozen of the series' best head-writers and producers. The result is a film that's true to its episodic roots -- tons of characters, A-list cameos, meta references -- but also appealing to even the casual or non-viewer.

Simpsons adventures are really best seen and not explained. Even a straightforward visual gag, like Bart skateboarding in the buff or Ned preparing a cup of hot cocoa, is side splitting. And then there are the deliciously intricate crowd -- or more accurately, mob -- scenes when primary, secondary, and occasional characters mix seamlessly together. Ahhh, sweet, sweet laughter. The audience at several points roared so loudly that it was hard to hear the dialogue. But you don't have to be a line-memorizing Comic-Book Guy to enjoy the film. Even the uninitiated or usually unimpressed should find plenty of opportunities to laugh so hard you cry during the 86-minute treat. Be warned though, you won't be able to stop humming "Spider-Pig" once the end credits (a perk for those who stay 'til the very end) roll.

Talk to your kids 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.

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