Trey Parker and Matt Stone have a unique ability to blend the nuanced with the obvious, to mix cerebral humor with cheap sight gags and fart jokes. If this appeals to you (watch an episode of “South Park” if you are unsure), and you don’t mind having your sacred cows slaughtered and made into taco fillings, this film is a must-see –for repeated viewings.
Mad dictator Kim Jong Il plans to subvert Hollywood and become the megaproliferant of the stars. Who can stop him? Only Team America, a gang of ultra-right wing marionettes who think Rush Limbaugh is suspiciously liberal. But don’t fret, conservatives: Hollywood pinkos and Michael Moore take a beating, too. Nothing is sacred to Parker and Stone.
Puppets were a mad choice for a medium, but they are done hysterically. I don’t know what had me laughing more, the whiskey glass soldered to the team leader’s hand, or the thought of the splinters and friction fire from marionette sex!
The sound track alone makes this film worth it. “Freedom isn’t Free” could have been a real country hit and Kim singing “I’m so ronery” had my wife blowing her cola out her nose in the theater!
If you are straight-laced, have a poor sense of humor and can’t admit it, or can’t laugh at yourself, this may not be you’re film. If you’ve got a slightly warped sense of humor, you’ll love this!
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Anyone that grew up in the sixties with the original “Thunderbirds” marionette “cartoon”/show can appreciate this film. Once I saw the trailer I knew it was a spoof on marionettes. No one else seemed to get it. There are no holds barred on this film, it is a world wide satire on EVERYTHING!! They make fun of marionettes (some call them “puppets”, but that is a misnomer), the U.S., Iraq, North Korea, actor-activists, you name it. If anyone has told you that it leans this way or that politically, they are mistaken, it is all over the place. No one is safe. This film is absolutely hilarious. Period. One warning though, DO NOT LET YOUR KIDS SEE THIS! It is filthy.
I think it’s funny that people from other countries don’t think that we in the U.S. would think it was funny. Just shows how they THINK that they know us and they don’t know us at all! Most U.S. citizens do not fit into this stereotype. Someone is watching too many hollywood movies!
After I had dried my eyes from the tears of laughter; after the ‘theme song’ with its catchy headline (“America, f… yeah, got to save the m…..f…… world”) had finally stopped bouncing around in my head; after I managed to stop chuckling quietly, or not-so-quietly, occasioning my wife and daughters to look at me oddly and shaking their heads; after sleeping over it for a night…I finally asked myself whether it was really necessary to be quite as vulgar to get a point across: whatever that point may have been.
The answer, I decided, was ‘yes’, for, in its contrast with the piss-takes on the universe of Hollyweird movies and the merciless and welcome satire on the theme of actors-and-other-insignificants-turned activists, it makes a serious statement, more profound than any learned discussion is ever likely to produce (or me, writing this!). Tray Parker made it explicit it in an interview with 60 Minutes: “Society is our only hope”.
Indeed. And society consists of human beings, most of whom have a definite element of vulgarity. I wonder if it isn’t true to say that _everybody_ has a core of vulgarity, even if it’s covered up by the layers upon layers of thin and fragile veneer. American society evidences this vulgarity more openly than many others, though that isn’t an indication that it actually _is_ more vulgar than, say, some of those European nations, who consider themselves more ‘refined’ and ‘cultured’.
The final speech by the actor ‘Gary’, in front of an assembly of ‘world leaders’ captivated by the vapid utterances and platitudes of ‘Alec Baldwin’ (Parker-and-Stone’s satire is without mercy or fear) is a vulgar, graphic and utterly to-the-point summary of the essence of Amercian society, what it stands for and against; on those who stand against it; and on the fundamental substance of the ‘War on Terror’.
TA:WP not a movie for the faint-hearted, and it has a truly disturbing sequence (and I don’t mean the one with the puppets having sex, and at some length) that had the audience dead-silent. But Gary’s final verbal show-off against ‘Alec’, with its extensive and extended use of genital and anal metaphors, was a profoundly patriotic (and screamingly-funny) tirade that surely must go down as one of the most outrageous monologues in film history.