By Helen Trejo, 17, Downtown Magnets HS
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Although at the beginning of The Simpsons Movie, Homer Simpson addresses the audience and calls us the biggest suckers for paying for something that we could see for free on TV, I was delighted to see “The Simpsons,” who I have grown up watching.

In The Simpsons Movie, Homer has to save Springfield from destruction. Even though it has a serious plot, it is full of laughs because Homer is dopier than ever. I liked the movie because I got to see the Simpsons on the big screen and since it was longer than a television episode, the Simpsons got into bigger situations than they normally do.

As the movie begins, the citizens of Springfield help Lisa preserve the environment by cleaning the filthy Springfield Lake. It is a beautiful sight until Homer’s carelessness ruins it when he dumps something in the lake. The movie raises Homer’s dopiness level about 100 times higher than what it is on the show. As a result of the lake’s contamination, the U.S. government orders Springfield to be isolated in a thick, glass-like dome. When the town realizes it is Homer’s fault that they are separated from the rest of the country, the town turns on the Simpsons. The Simpsons escape from the dome and move to Alaska.        

Shortly after the Simpsons become Alaska residents, they find out that the U.S. government is planning to blow up Springfield to make it seem as if the town never existed. The Simpsons have to save their hometown, but Homer is reluctant to help the angry mob that drove them out of his town in the first place. Marge realizes that she needs to leave Homer because of his selfishness. At this point I hoped that Homer would change and plea for forgiveness from Marge because the family wouldn’t be the same without him. I also hoped that the U.S. government would not destroy Springfield because that would possibly mark the end of The Simpsons show.

The Simpsons Movie was more creative than I expected. Green Day made an appearance and played to cheering fans in Springfield. It also had a random, but funny ad for a FOX show, Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity?, in the middle of the film. This was funny because although it was a movie and not a TV episode, it was still treated as if it were on regular network television. The movie also developed new characteristics in Marge. Before, I thought of her as Homer’s loving wife who always forgives him for his faults, but in the movie she shows that she could hold a grudge just as much as Homer. The movie was a perfect 87-minute long Simpsons episode because it left me wondering what’s next for the beloved Simpsons family.