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The Simpsons Movie: It’s Pop, Pop, Pop!!!

A while back, I had the honor of interviewing The Simpsons creator Matt Groening for a Hollywood Reporter cover story.  I was nervous: I had done my research, and I liked The Simpsons.  But I wasn’t a Simpsons maven.  The upshot?  Groening didn’t care and answered my questions with apblomb.

I haven’t had time to watch much Simpsons shows over the last few years.  But I’ll tell you what makes a great movie.  You don’t need to have watched every episode to love the film.  In fact, you don’t need to have watched the show at all at all to enjoy the wit and irreverence that’s ever present. You simply need to be a fan of pop culture.  And of dysfunctional family life (which we all know about).

Hit the next page for five fun, funny pop culture references you’ll see in The Simpsons Movie.

1.)  Video games:  The kids play Baby Blast on a GameBoy-like device where you shoot babies.  When the gang moves to Alaska, you see a Grand Theft Auto reference: a game called Grand Theft Walrus.
2.)  Green Day opens the movie.  They even sing The Simpsons theme song.
3.)  There’s a great confluence of culture references in the first church scene, everything from The Three Stooges to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Minister’s Black Veil.
4.)  Timex watches sponsor a time bomb in the movie.  Hilarious, though gross, product placement.
5.)  Did anyone else feel like the movie got some of its inspiration from Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove?
6.)  Don’t leave the movie until all of the credits finish.  You’ll miss some terrific movie insider humor.

Did you guys love The Simpsons Movie, too?  If you have time, let me know what your favorite part was.

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