The Simpsons Movie…

was a joy, actually. My friend Chris, who only makes the most hilariously ill-founded criticisms of films (X-2 “needed more Magneto” and Casino Royale suffered because Bond played Hold ‘Em), thought it focused too much on the family and not enough on the ancillary characters. I disagree, and I’m the type of smart-ass fan who never re-watches the mawkish, lesson-teaching first season of the series. All of the family moments here actually worked – the Homer/Marge stuff was as touching as anything in your top-shelf romantic comedies.