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Full-length, glossier version of long-running TV series with many clever gags has doltish Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) running afoul of the EPA head (Albert Brooks) after he dumps his pet pig's droppings in Springfield's pollution-free lake, resulting in the town being quarantined under a giant dome, which incites the townspeople to rise against Homer who flees with his family -- Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (Yeardley Smith) -- to Alaska. Director David Silverman generates plenty of chuckles, but for all the foolery and family dysfunction, there's an underlying pro-family agenda, and the satiric jibes are generally not malicious. The content is slightly more permissive than the TV series, so parents will have to decide whether the film is acceptable for their youngsters. Fleeting frontal male nudity, an instance of profanity, irreverent worldview, some innuendo, a couple of vulgar gestures, crude expressions, brief sight gags ranging from a same-sex kiss to bigamy to underage drinking, and light cartoon violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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