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The Simpsons Movie (2007)

20th Century Fox

Cast: (Voices) Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Tom Hanks.

Rating: PG-13

Run time: 87 mins

Genre: Comedy

Verdict: Beautiful (see rating system)

The Simpsons clan made a hilarious leap to the big screen in this 2007 box office hit.

The Simpsons Movie is loaded with the kind of witty stuff that made it a long-running TV favourite. Made for around $75 million, the 87-minute flick did boffo business, pulling in $525 million at the global box office. Bet there will be a sequel.

The simple plot has Homer saving a cute pig from being slaughtered. He takes the little critter home, nicknames him "Spider Pig" and bonds so well with him he contemplates a first kiss...Yeah, it's a little edgy.

Matters of the heart aside, Homer has to build a silo in the backyard for Spider Pig's waste. But instead of being environmentally aware, Home dumps the thing into Lake Springfield, polluting it.

Before Homer can fart, the Feds swoop in and put a huge dome over Springfield, cutting its filthy pollution - and the entire community - off from the world. Enraged, the trapped trownsfolk discover Homer is to blame and organize a lynching party.

Homer, Marge and the clan barely escape the mob, squirming through an underground tunnel to freedom - and a new life in Alaska. But with Springfield set for destruction on the order of inept President Arnold Schwarzenegger, Marge decides she's got to clean up Homer's mess.

I love the little things in this movie, like Bart's nude skateboard ride. Or the scene where danger threatens andthe congregation of the church runs into the neighbouring bar while the bar patrons flee into the church.

Briskly paced, The Simpsons Movie is loaded with laughs and is brilliantly animated. It's definitely One of 2007's best comedy movies.

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