The typical Simpsons episode is 22 minutes long, and covers at least two major plot lines. Given the format, there was nothing new that could be done with the animation, and sustaining a single plot for seven times as long (the credits start rolling after 75 minutes) with characters we know that well and have that many limitations would seem to be pretty much impossible. If ever there was a movie to wait and see on DVD, this is it. I love "The Simpsons", but they really don't deserve the level of concentration watching a movie in a theater requires.
"No Reservations" is billed as a romantic comedy, and it really is not one. There are a few funny moments, but it is really a slice of life drama. The actors are engaging; the script is good; the story is decent. My only real complaint is that the idea that ANYONE cares that much about food makes my toes curl.