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Judge Mike MacNeil • Location: Somerville, MA
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August 6th, 2007 3:56PM

The Simpsons Movie is out. It may seem like Iím stating the obvious here, but I think itís worth bringing to peopleís attention. Fact is, amidst the marketing blitz and the deafening hype, itís easy to forget that thereís an actual movie spurring all these corporate sponsors and ardent fans into action. I feel like all the buzz surrounding the Simpsons has somehow turned into a series of debates over the merits of the show, rather than anticipation for the movie. Don't get me wrong, it's great to see the show getting attention and all, but it would be a shame for that to steal the thunder from the movie.

I saw the movie on Saturday, and it's good. It's great, actually. It's a treat for fans and it's accessible to the uninitiated. In addition to that trademark Simpsons wit, there are some truly inspired comedic moments, and the third-act sentimentality actually hits home. Seriously, I was moved. I was surprised at how good it was, but in retrospect, I shouldn't have been. I got sucked into a few of those conversations about how the show really started to go downhill after Season , and it got to the point that I actually started to believe it. The show has always been good, though. There have been highs and lows, certainly, but I wouldn't even call them peaks and valleys. They're more like bumps in the road. Matt Groening & Co. have maintained an amazing level of quality over the years. Most shows are hard-pressed to find anything new to say after a season or two. The Simpsons simply does not have that problem. It's been said before, and it's true: the movie is essentially an extra-long episode of the show. Imagine that critics started saying that about other movies: "it's as good as an episode of the Simpsons." I think box office numbers would go up.

The Simpsons Movie is as good as an episode of the Simpsons. In other words, go see the Simpsons Movie.

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