‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is feeling a bit squeezed

February 5, 2015 11:50 PM

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‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is feeling a bit squeezed

Maybe we shouldn’t have expected too much from “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” The irrepressible little yellow guy’s second feature comes at a point when his 16-year-old TV show sometimes shows its age. We always think fondly of our favorite undersea Pollyanna, but relatively recent episodes like “Bubble Buddy Returns” feel like the writers are grasping for fresh inspiration. We also wondered about Nickelodeon and its studio parent giving the film a low-profile February release, rather than, say, holiday-spotlight treatment, as they did with “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie” back in 2004.

At the same time, SpongeBob is an icon. He and Patrick Star, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and the rest have been good for hours and hours of genuinely timeless comedy. There’s always that hope that we’ll get more classic laughs from a new event episode — or in this case, something slightly bigger. A story ...

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