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Team America: World Police (2004)

Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, more...
Director: Trey Parker, Matt Stone
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Comedies, Cult, Political Satire, Animation, Marionation
Running Time: 98 min.

Synopsis
Directed by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Team America: World Police is a tongue-in-cheek but nonetheless politically biting send-up of the CGI-laden, big-budget action movies that have taken an almost exclusive hold over mainstream box offices, particularly during the summer months. Inspired by the Thunderbirds, a popular 1960s children's series, Team America: World Police uses similarly styled, but significantly more crass, marionette puppets in lieu of computer-generated images to breath life into an elite group of adventurers known as Team America. Their mission: to travel the world, root out its terrorists, and keep evil at bay. Aside from intentionally employing all of the hallmarks of standard action-adventure blockbuster formulas, from a prototypical hero to his communist arch-rival, the film also boasts the occasional musical number. The puppets were created by Norman Tempia along with Charles and Stephen Chiodo, the brothers behind the cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Team America: World Police is not based on Team America, a 1980s series from Marvel Comics, which followed a patriotic team of racecar drivers. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

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Forget shocking, it's just not funny by mason March 15, 2006 - 12:08 PM PST
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1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I like South Park more often than not, but my issue with Team America is that it's simply not funny. I didn't find anything in it shocking, except for the lengths they went to in order to try to shock. Unfortunately, everything in this movie is either boring or over the top in a "look at us, aren't we shocking?!" kind of way. No, guys, you're not shocking, you're just trying too hard. It would have been much better had they put more effort into making an entertaining story than in trying to shock.

Yes, it's a parody of stupid action flicks, but the problem there is that those flicks are dumb, and Team America doesn't really do anything to improve on them. Poking fun at something requires more than just parroting the target, which is really all this does. Sadly for the makers, the fact that they used puppets doesn't do any more than point out that puppets are not, in fact, any more interesting than real actors, no matter what you make them do.

Too bad, it could have been pretty fun, had they put the effort where it belonged.

Take One for the Team by BrodiesGirl July 24, 2005 - 4:35 AM PDT
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4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
**Before I even start, I feel I should mention that the movie requires a sense of humor rich in toilet jokes as well as the ability to make fun of both the Republicans and Democrats. Basically, if you enjoy 'The Daily Show,' 'South Park,' as well as shocking or offensive humor, there is a good chance you will enjoy this movie.**

With Thunderbirds-like puppets and a theme song titled "America, F*** Yeah," the creators of South Park attack the Iraq War and the whole jumbled bag of crap that came with it. This includes all of the politicians involved, all of the ridiculous liberal Hollywood stars such as Tim Robbins and Sean Penn, the completely absurd stereotyping of people from the Middle East, and some extremely graphic puppet sex.

The movie is structured exactly like a horribly formulaic action flick, and uses every opportunity to poke fun at those cheese-fests, too. The strength of Team America relies on lowbrow humor and South Park's "omigod they didnt just say that!!!" humor. Unfortunately, the movie loses its puppet novelty fairly quickly and is not able to maintain the bust-a-gut humor I think was achieved with South Park: The Movie.

Over all, I thought the movie was entertaining and worth the rental. Days later, I still giggle when I sing the theme song in my head.


Over the top and proud of it. by Moriarty June 20, 2005 - 6:47 AM PDT
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5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I'm going to start by saying if you don't think South Park is even a little bit funny, this isn't your movie. This movie goes so joyfully over the top that more than once I thought, I can't believe they just did that, while laughing out loud. The movie skewers every action movie cliche out there and at the same time pokes fun at our current political climate. Both sides of the political debate become the victims of this movies vicious humor.
I'm not going to lie to you, while there is some very clever humor, most of the jokes go for the low brow, including one of the most graphic sex scenes I have ever witnessed. Given that it was between two marionetts, you begin to get an idea of the twisted genius of Matt Parker and Trey Stone.
This movie is most certainly not for everybody. If four letter words and puppet sex offends you, maybe you should look elsewhere. But if you're looking for something a little bit different, a little bit daring, and totally irreverent, give this one a try. But put the kids to bed first.




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