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The Simpsons Movie

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Matt Groening's cartoon series The Simpsons has never made me laugh quite as hard as his Life in Hell anthologies, which seem to spring from a deep well of personal bitterness that the show's writers can't fake. But of course that's a relative judgment--the show has been the gold standard for satirical TV ever since it debuted in 1989. This long-awaited movie adaptation has plenty of laughs, plus an assortment of milestones for fans (Bart shows his privates, Milhouse gets to thrash his enemies). The writers also take advantage of the PG-13 rating to violate a few small-screen taboos, as Otto the bus driver is caught sucking on a bong and Homer tells his pet pig, "Maybe we should kiss just to break the tension." 87 min. a Century 12 and CineArts 6, Chatham 14, Cicero ShowPlace 14, City North 14, Crown Village 18, Davis, Ford City, Gardens 1-6, Lake, Norridge, Pickwick, River East 21, ShowPlace 14 Galewood Crossings, 600 N. Michigan. --J.R. Jones

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