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The Simpsons Movie

MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for irreverent humor throughout

Reviewed by: Kenneth R. Morefield

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Primary Audience:
Teens, Adults
Animation, Comedy
1 hr. 27 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
July 27, 2007 (wide)
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Featuring: Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Julie Kavner (Marge), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Albert Brooks, Minnie Driver, Kelsey Grammer (Sideshow Bob), Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Maggie Roswell, Russi Taylor, Marcia Wallace, Karl Wiedergott
Director: David Silverman
Producer: David Mirkin, James L. Brooks, Al Jean
Distributor: 20th Century Fox Pictures

“See our family. And feel better about yours.”

In case anyone needs to know, I am an unabashed fan of “The Simpsons” television program. I own the first nine seasons on DVD. I periodically recite lines from favorite episodes (the most commonly cited quote involves Walt Whitman). At one point I owned not one but two Homer Simpson talking alarm clocks. I am, in other words, qualified in this instance to practice what André Bazin called “appreciative criticism.”

I recall, years ago, sponsoring a social activity at the church I was attending that included watching several episodes of the show (including “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment”). I also recall another member sharing with me some of the e-mails he received from people expressing their contempt and scorn at us for thinking there was anything of worth to be gleaned from (or enjoyed by) sampling the newest nadir in the cultural wasteland.

It is ten years later and the creators of “The Simpsons” are still cranking out episodes and, now, a feature film. Obviously, I’ve never quite bought into the argument that “The Simpsons” was the next worst thing (nor even an access portal to the slippery slope that led us to “Married… With Children” and “Drawn Together”), but neither have I ever been truly sold on the argument that “The Simpsons” is subversively religious, conservative, or pro-family. Sure, Marge and Homer have been married longer than most couples I know, and, yes, Ned Flanders is exasperatingly sincere in his zealous beliefs. Take a stroll through any random selection of a half-dozen or so of creator Matt Groening’s seminal “Life in Hell” comic strips, though, and you will recognize not only the seeds of the series’ arch satire but also those of its spiritually nihilistic sheen.

What has always redeemed “The Simpsons”, though, is that it is funny, and the film is no exception. The loose plot of the film revolves around the family’s attempts to escape from Springfield and then rescue the town from the cumulative effects of Homer’s stupidity, which push the city past an ecological tipping point and prompt the wrath of the federal government.

Over and around this frame we get to see Bart’s genitalia, Disney-styled animals helping to strip Marge and Homer for intimacy, Grandpa having a stroke (or delivering a prophetic vision), Ned Flanders assuring his boys that the Buddha won’t be around when they meet Jesus (who he advises they address as “Mr. Christ”), and a slew of references to how the American government manages to be simultaneously totalitarian and inept.

In other words, I seriously doubt anyone who finds the show even mildly offensive (either directly or via the spiritual grapevine) will fail to find the film every bit as crass at “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” or nearly as spiritually damaging as any random Harry Potter film. Then again, I doubt those who would feel that way need me to confirm their opinions.

I think there may also be some who will profess to be fans of the show (particularly in its softer moments) but claim the film goes out of its way to make gratuitous jabs at Christianity and thus offends even their sensibilities. I don’t agree—I think the film and TV show mock pretty much everything, and organized religions get more or less their fair share of abuse—but I will understand where those reactions are coming from. The film rises (or sinks) to the Juvenalian level of satire often enough that those who want to call it out for being too fixated on one or two targets will find ample ammunition within the film to make that argument; I’m just not sure who they might make it to.

Is the film funny? Yes, though not as much as I hoped, and not in all the ways that I hoped. The best episodes of “The Simpsons” are the ones that have strong story lines and earn laughs from insight into the human condition rather than from mere caricature or generic zaniness. The humor in the film tends a bit towards the slapstick, while the pacing resembles that of later seasons of the television show where the viewer can at times feel bombarded with jokes rather than peppered with them. There are titters and giggles aplenty, but few moments of transcendent, timeless humor. In some ways, the film this most reminds me of is “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The funny parts are very, very funny, and they are what one tends to remember more than the misfires. Like the Monty Python films, people may also remember “The Simpsons Movie” as being funnier than it is, simply because they will enjoy reliving and retelling the funniest parts. It will be enjoyed by many, perhaps repeatedly, but I don’t know that it will (or should) be treasured any.

My Grade: B+

Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Moderate

Viewer Comments
Positive—I thoroughly enjoy “The Simpsons”, and the lessons and morals that are the themes through out this series’ lifetime have consistently been relevant to society. Many do not know that they have often focused on Christian themes, and have condemned the show for its light vulgarity and crudeness often not realizing the family issues that it brings up. For example, the other night I watched an episode in which Ned Flanders, the Simpson’s very Christian neighbor, loses his home to a hurricane, rendering himself and his family homeless. Ned is angry that this has happened to him, while the Simpsons, who are much less religious, have their house remain unscathed. Ned, in a wonderful scene that takes place in the local Church, directs his anger toward God.

It is brilliant and spiritually intelligent, as Ned expresses his crisis of faith directly with his Lord, it is obviously written by someone who know a lot about Christianity. This is not an isolated segment of “The Simpsons”. Throughout the series, Ned deals with issues of religion and acceptance, hardship, loss, and many other issues in a very Christian way. The Simpsons themselves are also a “Christian” family that attend Church on a weekly basis.

And, despite all of their faults, the Simpsons never fail to make the decision that best expresses their sense of family and love for one another. The series relationship with Christianity is probably best summed up in the episode when Ned Flanders loses his wife. Ned goes into a deep depression and a crisis of faith so strong that he stops going to Church. As those who care for and admire him throughout the town reach out to him and as a Christian singer shows him, Ned realizes that through all his hardships God has been there to see him through.

The episode ends with one of the most Christian sequences in recent television history when the community welcomes him back to church and Ned responds I’m here every Sunday come rain or come shine. If you can get past the somewhat harsh language, this is a show that holds the American family up in a very positive light. Also, keep in mind that Ned Flanders is not there to mock Christianity, but to poke fun at the most important aspect of our lives in hopes of getting us to better understand our own humanity and our spirituality.
My Ratings: Offensive / 5
John, age 26
Positive—I applaud your review. when I need moral direction I read the Bible, when I need to laugh I watch “The Simpsons”. This movie contains more than the average jokes poking fun at Christianity. The aspect where it redeems itself is the way they use them. The characters who poke fun (Homer mainly) are portrayed as buffoons. When there is a mysterious religious revelation that turnS out to be true, the joke is not on the revelation, but on the fact that the characters choose to ignore it. In fact, the only one the movie doesn’t pick on is the devout Christian who subtlety shows the difference between the Christian and the pagan way.
My Ratings: Offensive / 5
Monica Stopa, age 24
Positive—Being a fan of “The Simpsons” ever since I can remember, when I heard “The Simpsons Movie” was coming to theaters, I was very excited. I’ve been waiting for the moment when I could buy a ticket of my own, so I went to our local theater and purchased a ticket for the midnight showing. I was/am a huge fan. Going into the theater, I thought to myself: 'What if this movie is really offensive? What if it’s not as good as the previews make it look?' I’m sure that most people know that sometimes “The Simpsons” can go over the edge, and occasionally push the limits farther than anyone should, so I’m sure that the all the fans out there can/have experienced worry about the film. As the film began, my anxiety began to leave as I laughed at the opening jokes, and gags, typical Simpsons behavior. Goofy, and Mischievous. Overall the film was well made. However, within the first 20 minutes of the film: Ralph Wiggum (a “whiny” second grader) exclaimed: “I like men!” after seeing Bart Simpson skateboard down spring field naked. (Yes, we viewers do get a glimpse of the boys genitalia). Other negative parts are: Gay Cops kissing, obscene gestures (middle finger), Nudity, a few tossed in swear words (again swearing is typical for the Simpson clan) and when Homer goes into the church on Sunday he exclaims that: (the Christians) God is 'phony bologna'

Yes, there is rude humor (as I’ve stated above) but out of the whole ninety minutes, if you stacked all the inappropriate humor all at once it would only cover about three minutes of the whole film. I was very impressed. It wasn’t OUTRAGEOUSLY inappropriate, it was just a fun movie, kept at an appropriate level. Yes, it did deserve the mild PG-13 rating that it got, but that was already expected from the previews stating: PG-13. I highly enjoyed the movie, but I wouldn’t take younger children to it, despite the fact that it was a: Cartoon.
My Ratings: Average / 4½
D. Robbie, age 24
Positive—This movie was hilarious!! The movie wasn’t as bad as the show because the show can get inappropriate at times.This movie was pretty clean and the only bad thing there was is there’s just rude humor like Bart farting and messing around other than that the movie was funny. I’m surprised that this movie wasn’t bad.And my kid’s even wanna watch because they were advertising it on Nick. I’m glad I saw this movie, and it was worth it. I guess overall the movie was a 8½ out of 10.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4½
Mariah, age 30
Positive—I’ve seen a few episodes of “The Simpsons” here and there over the years, but I’ve never been a huge fan. I thought the movie looked pretty good, so I was eager to go when some friends invited me. I honestly wasn’t expecting too much, but I was pleasantly surprised! I was laughing out loud through the majority of the movie, and it had a nice message about the importance of family in the end. True, there is some unnecessary crude humor sprinkled throughout the movie, but it shouldn’t have been unexpected by anyone who has actually seen the show. Not for young children, but I would say that ages 10 and up would be okay. Overall, it’s relatively inoffensive and a lot of fun.
My Ratings: Average / 4
Dustin, age 19
Positive—…I enjoyed this film a great deal, not only because it was funny, but I felt that the scene where homer realizes that he is a) selfish, b) needs to values others over and above himself. This 2 factors really made the film so much more palatable to me because it gave God I think an opportunity to speak into peoples lives where they wouldn’t normally get spoken to. It was a wonderful scene when Homer realizes that putting others before himself is more important. Some may be offended by a few of the jokes within the film, however if you can see past the crassness of some of the humor I think you’ll find more christian like qualities being expressed through some of the characters actions within the film then what is first thought. …
My Ratings: Average / 4
Adam, age 21, Australia
Positive—As someone who has been a fan of The Simpsons TV show ever since it came out when I was no more than five years old (The first episode I ever saw was the famous one where Bart decapitates the statue of the town’s founder), I knew that the movie would be a hard film for me to review. I was hoping that it would be better than the last few seasons of the show had been, and that it would return more to its roots of physical comedy and the occasional redeeming moral, rather than the political preaching it had relied on for the last few seasons. Now, for the movie itself: On the one hand, it had some moments which can justifiably be considered pretty offensive by people, and it is definitely not a film for young children to watch. On the other hand, it had plenty of genuinely funny and at times even moving moments.

First, I’ll get the bad stuff out of the way:
1. The scene with Bart skateboarding through town naked was seriously sick, and we REALLY didn’t need to see Bart’s privates.

2. Some of the anti-Christian comments, especially those made by Homer in the beginning, were downright mean. However, an important point to consider is that Homer is generally NOT portrayed in a positive light, even though he is the main character. He is frequently shown as a mean, stupid jerk and a bad father who only occasionally does the right thing. If Homer made those comments yet was still portrayed as a really good and smart person, or if Lisa (Who is almost always portrayed as a saint on the show) made those comments, then I’d be more angry about it.

3. I was annoyed at how the film at times becomes yet another lecture about the environment. Don’t get me wrong, as Christians we are obligated to care for the planet God gave us, it’s just that continually cramming that message down my throat over and over again in various movies and shows (Especially when I already try to live a relatively eco-friendly lifestyle and try to avoid wasting things) tends to leave a bad taste in my mouth. It goes beyond being informative and inspiring, and simply becomes heavy-handed and preachy.

4. This isn’t really a moral issue, but I thought the new villain they introduced in the film was kind of a dud. Sideshow Bob would probably have made a better bad guy (I had heard that he would be in the film, but I guess they cut him out at the last minute).

Now for what I liked about the movie.

1. First and foremost, it had plenty of incredibly funny moments, usually the parts which emphasize how dim-witted and accident-prone Homer is. One of my favorite parts was when he attempts to scare away the people breaking through the door to his bedroom by pretending he has a chainsaw. Just hearing the way he made those funny chainsaw noises (And the fact that the people actually fell for it at first) made me laugh out loud. Of course, the various painful accidents Homer falls victim to in the movie also produced a lot of belly-laughs from myself, my friend who was watching it with me (Who, like me, is a fairly devout Christian), and the rest of the audience.

2. I was glad that one scene towards the climax of the film featured class nerd Martin Prince finally standing up to the bullies who had tormented him all throughout the show (Though the fact that he does so in such a violent manner may send the wrong message, another reason why this film should not be viewed by young children).

3. The film ultimately does have a good message about physical and moral courage, not running from your problems, and doing what you know to be right and responsible. Homer went from living a completely selfish and self-absorbed life to risking his life to save his family, and ultimately all of Springfield. Speaking of which, the climax in which Homer and Bart save Springfield from getting blown up was downright thrilling, one of the best animated action sequences I’ve seen in a very long time.

4. I was, for the most part, VERY impressed with the film’s portrayal of Ned Flanders. Over the course of the last several seasons of the show, their portrayal of Ned has become increasingly negative, usually portraying him as a stupid, ignorant zealot who’s always proven wrong in some way. However, the movie reverses this, portraying Ned Flanders more like how he was in the show’s first few seasons: A very friendly, generous and loving man who cares deeply for his friends and neighbors, and possesses a true servant’s heart. He goes out of his way to be kind and compassionate to Bart, and is shown to be clearly a better father than Homer is.

Basically, diehard fans of the show will enjoy the movie, and any adults should just pray for discernment on whether or not seeing it would be a good idea. I, however, mostly really enjoyed it. BTW, those who see it should stay through the closing credits to hear baby Maggie’s first word!
My Ratings: Offensive / 4½
Adam, age 23
Positive—Ok, I should probably start with the usual, I am a fan of “The Simpsons”, I am a Christian, I am a Pastor of a church. I remember when churches rallied against “The Simpsons” for their poor light cast on the father figure and young rebellious son, then I remember the shift when The Gospel According to the Simpsons by Pinsky came out. Christians should have an opinion by now, I don’t understand the surprised comments, it’s like Homer choking Bart exclaiming: “I’ll teach you to laugh at something that’s funny!” “The Simpsons” is STILL the wittiest show out there, and the movie followed suit. If 3 squiggle lines that represent male genitals offend you, you may want to consider ignoring movies and sticking with reading. “The Simpsons Movie” takes it’s pot shots at everyone, and the Church gets what is coming to them in equal share. If you liked the cartoon (especially the early years) go see this movie. If you are afraid of the squiggle line penis and a grand total of 3 curse words, stay home and read your Bible. …
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Rev. Timothy Barber, age 23
Neutral—I use to love the cartoon series back in the day, but haven’t really followed it nearly as closely within the past decade. To be honest, I had planned on not watching the movie but went with a close friend, who is one of the biggest Simpson’s fans that I know. Not sure if I’ll plan on viewing it again. The animation was great! The comedic timing in some areas were way off. They left you hanging on a scene when it should have immediately cut to the punch line shot (next scene). Why they felt the need to show Bart’s lower anatomy, is beyond me. And the clincher was when Marge blasts God’s name in vain.
My Ratings: Offensive / 5
Sam, age 30
Neutral—I just don’t understand people who …take their very young kids to PG-13 and even R movies… As with “The Simpsons”… of course there is going to be offensive material. Stuff you don’t want your youngin’s to be exposed to! Sweet swirling onion rings folks. Come on! The MPA gives the rating and you, as a moviegoer, are well-informed of it. Don’t take your kids! If you can’t farm 'em out, then don’t go altogether. …Films like The Simpsons are NOT meant for young kids. … “The Simpsons Movie” was created for fans of the show. Period. And fans, presumably, are the people that are accustomed to the sometimes lewd nature of the show. See what I’m saying? If you can’t handle the show, what makes you think the movie will be any different? Egad.
My Ratings: Average / 3
Jacob Keenum, age 21
Negative—This movie managed to offend in every possible form within the first 20 minutes. The material that wasn’t offensive was quite funny, but we had to walk out after the “two cops on night patrol were seen falling into a public bathroom while kissing passionately.” Perhaps Flanders, the religious nitwit, was later viewed with some value-we couldn’t stay to find out. I am ashamed we even attempted to see this one.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 5
Cheryl Bunch, age 43
Negative—This movie went over-the-top in its effort to be crass. …The whole scene with Bart skateboarding naked was inappropriate. Not only are we treated to a glimpse of Bart’s genitals, but a young boy sees him and exclaims “I like men.” Bart is then handcuffed to a lamppost naked whereupon a boy stands and laughs at him. The boy’s mother comes later and laughs at Bart’s nakedness too. Earlier in the movie is a scene in a church that mocks things sacred and Homer adds to it with his sacrilegious comments. Later we see two male policemen kissing and going into a room like they can’t keep their hands off each other. Throw in some swearing including Marge saying G… D., and a bedroom scene with Homer and Marge, and you have a film you shouldn’t take your children to. Yes, there were parts of the film that were hilarious, but overall I felt like I paid nine bucks to have my faith and my values mocked.
My Ratings: Offensive / 4½
Philip Troyer, age 50
Negative—I finding its hard to admit I went to see this movie. I suspect other believers like me who end up seeing it will simply want to put it in the past and forget about it. But I feel as if others should know what they might be walking into. For reasons to long to state, I sorta got pulled into see this movie, but once committed I was hoping for some good hearty laughs on a rainy afternoon. Unfortunately, despite a few initial laughs, I quickly found myself regretting that I was sitting there watching this movie. I think if I hadn’t been with others who really wanted to see it, I would have walked out. The plot itself is somewhat engaging and clever: Homer causing catastrophe upon Springfield only to have a chance in the end, with Bart’s help, to save it. But there were elements that they could have simply done without. Case in point:

- Bart and his skateboard riding incident in the buff (his dad dared him). In this scene early in the movie, his private part was initially masked during his skate run only to be revealed through the open gaps of a park bench, also a boy on the street, upon seeing Bart, expressed his new like for boys, a father (Ned Flanders) saying the p* word (male anatomy) in front of his kids during a blessing when Bart crashes onto the restaurant window, Bart then gets handcuffed to a light pool while still in the buff. The sad commentary is that there was a number of people in the audience who thought this was all quite funny. I felt as if the audience was tricked into finding humor in all this.

Here some other objectionable scenes you should be aware about:
- Homer expresses his fondness for the town folks by flicking them off with both hands.
- Bart gets drunk—and his folks are aware of this
- Two police cops are shown to crash through a door of a motel room expressing their fondness for each.
- Homer flips through a bible and says “There are no answers in here.”
- Marge blurts on an expletive near the end of the movie that I found totally unnecessary.
These are just a handful of objectionable scenes (there are others). Had they removed these scenes there’s no doubt it could have been a much more entertaining (and safe) movie. But the fact is these scenes are in there, and even if you have it on DVD, it would be impossible to know when to skip past parts. So, while I might list it high on the aspect of creativity, I would rate it extremely low on the aspect of morality. Whether you are a Simpson’s fan or not, it’s simply not the kind of movie you want to take your kids to or see yourself.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 4
Paul, age 41
Negative—I have seen “The Simpsons” on Fox before, so I went against better judgment and saw this film. The movie making quality was average. It contained the usual slapstick humor and quick witted joke the Simpson’s are known for. After watching it I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit to repent. This film violated so many spiritual principles I don’t even know where to start. …The Bible tells us in Psalm 101 3-4 that “I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar” and to “reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.” When I need moral direction, I will read the Bible… if I’m in the mood to backslide or violate God’s principles I will watch “The Simpsons”.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3½
Orrin K. Richards, age 29
Negative—…I used to be a fan. You should avoid this movie. It is not for children. I decided to go see “The Simpsons” due to my earlier memories of the show from the early nineties. I have not really seen episodes since them; however I used to enjoy watching. Firstly, this movie is NO different then watching three consecutive episodes on the small screen except you are hit with offensive material that would not be on the TV show from start to finish. I found it completely and utterly ridiculous and unnecessary for the character of Marge to scream out G**…d** at the climax of the movie. Pokes and jabs at Christianity were very apparent. Homer speaks about the pious church attendees who are hypocrites. We see Bart naked and his complete anatomy. We see two gay police officers kissing and going into a hotel room. Political correctness and the liberal agenda run throughout with us learning about Global warming through Lisa’s “Inconvenient truth” type movie the evil politicians etc. … etc. After viewing this movie the lovable Homer and sweet Marge I remember from the earlier Simpson’s has been trampled underfoot by a typical Hollywood liberal-mindedness cloaked in a cartoon geared for children.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
Laura Calruso, age 30
Negative—…The movie was absolutely horrible from the very beginning with Homer calling God phony bologna, even without Marge usually correcting him. So it was like they were all condoning his blasphemy! Then there was the nude scene with Bart, and then there was grandpa rolling on the floor like he was speaking in tongues (basically making churchgoers look like nutcases) and then, there was Ralph proclaiming he is gay, and then there were the gay cops kissing (did I mention I never laughed once) and then there was Flanders telling his sons to call Jesus our LORD, “Mr. Christ” and then, there was the Flanders calling an ugly mutant fish “a product of intelligent design” basically mocking God again. But the last straw was when Marge yelled out 'throw the G-D bomb!' That’s when I stormed out of the theatre… What kind of message does this send to our children?!…
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 1
Dustin, age 23
Negative—This Simpsons movie was without doubt, the worst episode ever! Not to mention offensive to Christians to every possible way. The film used nothing but embarrassingly dated humor, rude comments about intelligent design, about our LORD JESUS, and just plain low brow scenes of herto and homosexual provocativeness. Even if I wasn’t a Christian I would of walked out of the theatre, by about the first 30 minutes. …
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 1
Justin, age 23
Negative—My wife and I walked out of the movie after the two police officers dove into the seedy hotel room to engage in homosexual activities. I really don’t have an excuse for going to see this movie. I didn’t care much for the show after becoming a Christian but I felt I would give the movie a shot thinking I might get a good laugh out of it. I would encourage Christians to stay away from this movie. This movie makes light of homosexuality, drunkenness, immodesty, lewd conduct, filthy speech, and many other ungodly activities.

The film even goes a step further by making fun of Jesus, God, and the scriptures. In one scene Homer is flipping through the Bible and states “there are no answers in here.” This isn’t a message that benefits anyone, especially young children. My wife and I were both upset after leaving not only because of the offensive material in the movie, but because of the amount of children that were there in the theatre. They laughed at the jokes and repeated the statements made. I heard one child repeat a phrase by Homer in which he used God’s name in vain. Overall, the movie is ungodly. Nothing good can come about from watching it unless one thinks of the pleasures of sin as good. It is quite shocking to see that some who wear the banner of Christ would recommend, promote, and defend such an ungodly movie. Paul said it best—Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8).
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
Andrew L, age 28
Negative—IF you want to expose your children to the GAY lifestyle, watch “The Simpsons Movie.” “The Simpsons” have fallen big time since I used to watch them on Fox 10-15 years ago. I guess the producers jumped on the bandwagon to show perverted, nasty things to children expecting to see a funny cartoon. I was a big fan of “The Simpsons” on TV because any adult-oriented humor was cleverly disguised in their dialogue so that only the parents would get it and chuckle.

I am not a bible-thumper, but some things do not sit with me. First off, I only watched the entire length of this movie only because I had my nephews with my kids as well and it was the first of a double feature with die hard 4. This movie was very offensive and downright nasty considering it is geared towards children.

Here’s what was wrong, and everyone up and down the line at the production line is at fault for. At the beginning of the movie, church is going on and the simpsons are late. we see them getting out of the car from their shadow through the stained glass and the whole church hears their conversations as they’re walking towards the front door. Marge says something along the lines of hating that they’re always late for church and to be quiet because people will hear them talking outside to which Homer replies, “relaaax, they’re all busy praying to their phoney-baloney God.”

Back at home, Homer dares Bart to skateboard to the quick-e-mart (I think) and back home NUDE. after Homer taunts him, Bart takes him up on the dare and whips off all his clothes and skateboards naked. looked funny how they made sure his penis was covered, with the usual leaf, hose, statue or whatever was in his path. I was shocked to see him pass a bench in a park which only covered his stomach and they let us see his penis frontal view for a true second. …Even more shocking was that he passed by Chief Wiggums boy (Ralph) in an alley and they focused on him after Bart left the view. Ralph’s eyes widened and he smiled broadly and proclaimed ever so clearly in his little boy voice, “I like MEN now!” later on, Homer’s family is on the run and their pictures are posted all over town wanted by the police.

At one point Marge and family are on the street and see two MALE cops walking towards them. Frozen in fear, they watch as the uniformed cops blindly pass them and their wanted poster and grab each other with lust and kiss passionately on the lips falling into a door (probably a motel, not sure where because I cringed). Later homer gets a pig somehow and keeps it as his pet. they were alone on the couch watching tv where a horse or mule was shown kissing a man or woman on the lips (of course). homer laughs, the pig and homer look at each other awkwardly and the mood changes. Homer says, “Maybe WE should kiss to break the tension!” then Marge breaks in the scene and Homer composes himself. Later, they showed a bird’s eye view of the city and when there was an impending doom (forgot exactly the situation) everyone was running out of their houses, they showed a mob of people get out of church and run to Moe’s Tavern and simultaneously showed a mob of people run out of Moe’s and into the church, as if to say, when there is impending doom, the drunks want to be saved and go to church, while the churchgoers abandon their faith and go to get drunk.

Homer is also shown flipping the bird with both hands (he has only 4 fingers, but the meaning was obvious) to all around him as he tries to escape from police and people. Homer and marge are shown in a bedroom in Alaska, getting ready to have a romantic time and birds fly in the window taking off their clothes, where we get to see marge in sexy lingerie—are any of these scenes necessary? I used to like these cartoons, as they always had some kind of good message in regards to faith, Homer would redeem himself somehow and things would work out, but this was not the intention of the movie. …
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 4
Frank, age 33
Negative—…My Bible says that there should not even be a HINT of sexual immorality in our lives. I went to the movies yesterday, and thought I would see this movie. The early scenes clearly show Homer Simpson grabbing the Bible and saying, “You won’t find any answers in here!” That was strike 1 one for me. And then the ensuing scene where Homer challenges Bart in a game of do or dare. His father dares him to ride his skateboard NAKED down to some area, and Bart complies. I walked out at the point where the movie focused on Bart’s genitalia. Actually showing a penis and testicles!!! The parents and the children in the theater roared in laughter! I left the theater sick to my stomach and felt that the Spirit of the Lord was grieved. I think that we have compromised too much in what we would allow into our homes and what we would pay to go see. I’m sorry if this strong but it is the truth. It’s time to stop walking on egg shells and defend the Word of God! I don’t care how I am judged by man. I answer to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I pray that we would really search our hearts to see what the Lord would want us to see and not see. Please, search your hearts and never compromise what the word of God compels us to do. Thank you and God bless you all.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 1
Rev. Dominick Malchiodi, age 45
Negative—Admittedly a Simpson’s fan (TV show) since the beginning, I was WAY too excited to go watch the movie when it was released (I took an extra long lunch break to do it). The movie was not overly offensive, not compared to the TV show anyway, and Bart’s nudity was innocent. Not offensive at all! Unless you deny that God made our bodies in His image and you think we should cover them in shame… For us Christians that are not offended by God’s most beautiful creation when used innocently, no problem. If it was a sex scene or used in a non-innocent way, that would have been different. You REALLY need to learn the difference between nudity and sex. Besides, it is a cartoon!! It’s not even real, calm down!

Anyway, I was pretty OK with most everything right up to the point that Marge used God’s name in vain… Why did they do this? Why does Marge need to scream 'Throw the G-D bomb!'. Why couldn’t she have just yelled “throw the bomb!”??? I’m not sorry that I have to take great offense for that. How can ANYONE be OK with using God’s name in vain. Maybe you should read Exodus chapter 20 again, if you do not understand. They broke a commandment, that is not “OK” with me. All in all, I am disappointed, I feel let down. I wish they would clean up the movie a bit, then I would be thrilled to add it to the DVD collection and put in on the shelf next to the seasons of TV show I have on DVD.
My Ratings: Offensive / 4
Paul, age 38
Negative—First of all, I do, or at least used to, enjoy “The Simpsons” TV series. When the movie came out, I was wary of seeing it, but eventually conceded and went with my father and my brother. It was entertaining in a way, but it really went down-hill fast. Most of the movie’s hype seems to be about two scenes: 1) When Bart is skateboarding naked. 2) When Homer is sinking into the Sandbox and he gives the finger with both hands as he goes down. I spent a lot of the movie waiting for the Bart scene to see what the big deal was, and felt that it was tacky and really just there for shock-value. On that note, if you’re looking for Christian content, look somewhere else. Besides those two scenes, the movie is rife with inappropriate behavior, including a sex scene in which animals take off Homer and Marge’s clothes (they are married, so the act in and of itself isn’t wrong) and actually watch them have intercourse, and endless stupidity (in contrast to the Bible’s telling you to seek wisdom). The movie’s jokes are either ones of absurdity, ones of cliche, or ones that cannot be categorized. I wouldn’t suggest this movie to anyone, and parents, even if people tell you it’s just a cartoon, don’t let your kids watch it.
My Ratings: Average / 3½
Jordan Eller, age 18
Comments from young people
Positive—While most of the funny parts were in the trailer, I still really liked it. I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone under 13, just because it’s a cartoon that doesn’t mean it’s appropriate. If you’re not a fan of the show, you probably won’t like the movie.
My Ratings: Average / 3
Linda, age 16
Positive—“The Simpsons Movie” was a great one that I got to see last night. I came on here and read the review prior to seeing the film, and decided I would go watch it anyway to see how I felt about the film (and cause I like laughing). Firstly, I have read numerous times on many Christian review sites about Bart’s genital scene, and I am back to say; it is not that bad. It is not graphic, and it is obvious it is intended for pure humor. While I didn’t laugh at it, nor do I really want to see that in a film; it isn’t as bad as people make it out to be.

I feel in my heart that that is about the worst the film has to offer for me. Everything else I found to be pure humor (from what I can remember anyway). Anything else that could be offensive is very mild in comparison to the whole film. And while I do not watch “The Simpsons” on tv, I am assuming the humor is basically the same in the movie as the show. There is also some political comedy (mainly around conserving the environment) and also a bit of religious comedy in there too, which may offend some. But, as far as the religion humor; you need to look at who’s viewpoint it is coming from. In this film we see good religion (Ned) and bad religion/the weird religion no one understands till they feel God religion (opening church scene/church-bar scene) So, therefore, one would know what to expect from it.

The few negatives aside, this was a great movie with a great story. It is something fresh for me, as I’ve not had a good laugh with a good central story in a long time. The comedy aspect basically lies in how random this movie is. My personal favorite part was the “Grand Theft Walrus.” I would suggest seeing this movie if you like laughing. If your going to take kids, cover their eyes when Bart goes skateboarding nude. Some humor will go over their head, but I’m sure they can enjoy the movie on the whole. Though, I would just suggest making it a night out for you couples out there, or just a movie to see with some friends.
My Ratings: Average / 4½
Chris, age 16
Positive—It’s a good movie. “The Simpsons” TV show is getting bad, but the movie is the best movie I’ve seen in a long time.
My Ratings: Excellent! / 4½
Liam, age 12, Canada
Positive—I loved the movie. It was classic Simpson behavior. I just have one question. If the movie says PG-13, then why do all of these viewers (mainly the reviewers above) take their children to see it? If the movie says PG-13 then why are people taking their children. I’ve been reading these reviews and I saw a lot of: 'I was horrified that my children were exposed to this… etc.' It’s PG-13 people that should be a warning not to take a 7 year old to it. Think. Not trying to be judgmental but… think, and follow the MPA rating system.
My Ratings: Average / 4
Kyle, age 17
Positive—…I love The Simpsons, it has the guts to make jokes about everything (often the truth), and also have total over the top out of whack humor; and its hilarious! Its great! And really how could someone be very offended by this movie?? It doesn’t even take that humor seriously!! A great movie to a great series!!
My Ratings: Offensive / 4½
Joshua, age 14
Positive—This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. However, it is by no means for children under 10, and here’s why. Part 1, the Bad: At the beginning of the movie, Homer complains about the Christian’s “phony-baloney God.” They show Bart’s genitals at one part, which was disturbing. …they say G*d countless times, H*ll, D**n, A**, and at the end, Marge screams: “just throw the G**D**n bomb!.” There are also scenes of gay cops kissing, Bart drinking whiskey, and Homer flipping the bird in front of everyone in Springfield. In one part of the movie, Homer and Marge kept from the kids by a wall of snow, are preparing for… intimacy, when a load of deer and birds come in and rip off there clothes. There are countless many things, which is why no child under 10 should see this movie. There are many good and extremely funny things to this movie, too, though, which is why I recommend watching it.
Part 2, the good: There were several good things to point out. Homer forgives Springfield for exiling his family (he dumped pig poop in the lake, a bubble was put over the town, and the town rises in rebellion) and saves his family and the city. Bart finds a paternal figure in Ned Flanders that he never found in Homer, which I think is touching. Homer learns not to be selfish, and geeky Martin Prince stands up to the bullies that tormented him all his life. Also, there are many, many hilarious parts that are more than I can count, including Green Day playing the opening theme, a commercial with Tom Hanks, Ralph Wiggum saying “I like men now,” as nude Bart skateboards past him (Some may find it offensive), bar customers stealing everything in Moe’s bar, and more. Most of the badder parts can be funny too, but once again, they are not for little children. One of my favorite movies. …
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4½
Katie “Captain Picard” Joyce, age 12
Someone commented on seeing the movie on opening night and raved on how much he enjoyed it. He gave a few details about it, and then began to describe an episode where Bart is naked and tries to avoid being seen, which in the end fails, and they show him nude. I said, “What?”. My first thought was innocent children in the front rows watching another cartoon, the same one they see on television. I am ashamed to find so much justification for this particular movie. Someone’s immediate defense would be, “Well, it’s PG-13, they shouldn’t be there anyway!” Ummm… yeah… so for years they show a sitcom on TV that is watched by adults and children and is very accepted as “family entertainment” and then unleash a cinematic movie with a PG-13 rating and don’t expect children to see it. Feed children a little turkish delight, and they will do anything to get more.
D. Caine Calhoun, age 34
…I have grown up watching the cartoon and over the years have gotten good at drawing the characters. I’ve always been a fan. I still can’t POSSIBLY give this movie a POSITIVE review. I would strongly warn any parent or Christian to avoid this movie. I only saw the first 20 minutes before I escorted my family out of the theater. This movie was definitely worse than the cartoon’s TV version. Yes, with Homer ranting about our “fake God,” and homosexual cops, and a little boy deciding to turn gay after seeing Bart naked, and worst of all, seeing a cartoon version of Hillary Clinton—all within the first 20 minutes. I’ve taken my kiddos to Burger King a couple of times in the last week, where they’ve collected 2 or 3 of “The Simpsons” collectibles. The kids' meals are promoting and encouraging children to go see this movie. This is the one of the worst possible movies anyone could let their child see this year. What in the world is Burger King thinking? This is just another example of how this nation is gradually lowering it’s moral standards. Seriously, Christians… Keep your guard up and your shield strong. Would you have enjoyed watching this movie sitting next to your pastor? That one should be right next to WWJD?
Michael Bryan, age 34
I …was so offended by that trailer that I will not watch the movie. …Bart Simpson is sitting in church and said 'this book doesn’t have any answers'. He was talking about the Word of God. The word of God contains all the answers. I do not take my faith lightly, nor do I believe that Christians should sit back and say, “oh well, it’s just a movie.” It’s more than a movie. It’s another way to get things accepted that are a sin and a way to continue to have people start doubting their beliefs.
Elizabeth Corley, age 31
I have not seen the Simpson Movie, and I don’t plan to. I am aware of how offensive “The Simpsons” might be. “The Simpsons” TV show is peppered with profanity and occasional “adult” humor, (although I don’t consider offensive material even worthy for adult viewing). So why would anyone who goes to see the Simpson Movie expect any less? If you went to see it, and you walked out on it before the end because of profanity or something else that was offensive, I would like to say to you: “What did you expect?” Those of you who will not go see “The Simpson Movie” because of its objectionable content, wait for it to come out on DVD. Invest in a DVD player by ClearPlay that can automatically cut out the bad stuff so you and even your children can enjoy the movie without compromising your Christian morals and values. That’s what I plan to do.
My Ratings: Offensive / 3
Carl Booth, age 53