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Recap / The Simpsons S 19 E 18 Any Given Sundance

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Lisa makes a film that gets into the Sundance Film Festival. While it's a success, it also paints the family in a rather insensitive, unflattering light.


  • Abusive Parents: After watching Lisa's film, a man asked Homer to strangle his child.
  • As Himself: Jim Jarmusch and John C. Reilly.
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: Homer's reaction to the various charities asking for money (calling Doctors Without Borders "Doctors Without Money" and saying that Greenpeace will not get a piece of his green.) He even almost cuts Lisa's Sundance invitation in half thinking this way.
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  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: While looking through the pile of film submissions for a non-mainstream film, the Sundance Committee finds a film about Paul Giamatti ('ooh') the world's greatest super spy ('groan')...who only exists in the mind of an overweight agoraphobic jazz musician...('Oh!')...played by Martin Lawrence in a fat suit. ('Collective Groan'). Naturally, they throw it into the fire.
  • Blatant Lies: After the negative reaction to the film by the family, Lisa claims that she did had no say in how the film was edited. This is then immediately followed by a title card read by Lisa herself that it was proudly edited by her.
  • Comical Overreacting: In one scene of Lisa's film, Mr. Largo has the school orchestra play a dramatic piece he calls 'Homer's Lament'. The scene in question is Homer crying over being unable to pull a pickle out of a jar.
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  • Dodgy Toupee: Homer attempts to wear one at the start of Lisa's film, only for her to remove it from his head, citing how she wanted realism.
  • Freeze-Frame Ending: The episode parodied the ending of The 400 Blows (compare).
  • Hidden Depths: This episode is yet another example to how much deeper Nelson Muntz is as a character and how much he has grown from the cruel bully without a cause from the first season to a more introspective, sensitive boy who's more than meets the eye.
  • Imagine Spot: Homer's idea of what a film festival is is...well...interesting. See it here.
  • Insistent Terminology: Homer says begging from people the "beggar" knows is "mooching".
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Lisa tries to assure her family that nobody outside the festival is ever going to hear about the film, which is followed by Comic Book Guy writing an online review.
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  • I Resemble That Remark!:
    Homer: Lisa, you made us look like monsters!
    Homer, Bart and Marge: (with shadows over them and all of them—including Maggie—looking furious and evil) MONSTERS! MONSTERS! MONSTERS!!!!
  • Jerkass: Many of the Sundance Festival filmgoers, who have no problem goading or mocking the Simpsons or Nelson and his mother.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The family's clothing for the festival doesn't differ from their usual churchgoing clothes.
  • Never Trust a Title: Marge is excited to go see the films Regularsville and Candyland, with the latter being erroneously confused by her as being a film based off of the board game of the same name. What she discovers instead is a half-naked man putting on lipstick and a couple shooting up heroin, respectively.
  • Oh, Crap!: Martin reacts this way when, after being used by the bullies for a ketchup patting sound effect, the next scene has Marge beating a steak with a mallet.
  • Reality Ensues: When Chalmers and Skinner sleigh down a hill, they crash through a church and come out with several brides between them. After Chalmers asks if this is real, one of the women replies that it's not and that both of them have in fact crashed their sled and are lying unconscious in a snow embankment, which they are currently located.
  • Shout-Out: Lisa's camera has "My Little Sony" written on it.
  • The Stinger: The first part of the credits has an extra scene with Skinner and Chalmers.
  • Take That!:
  • Too Dumb to Live: The other Sundance Festival judges who were deliberately told not to gasp too much due to their high altitude did anyway in reaction to Lisa's film. They are then seen being loaded into ambulances with a few of them dying as a result.
  • Vanity Plate: Skinner and Chalmers create one of their own, "Chalmskinn Productions", which has the set up of the Paramount logo and the music of the DreamWorks logo.

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