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Team America: weirdly, wickedly good

Team America: World Police was the strangest cinematic experience I've had since The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover.

I love the latter film, as my friends already know. I really enjoyed Team America. I actually think I like it better than Trey Parker and Matt Stone's previous screen effort, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut. (Yes, I know they've done other movies, but that's the best-known.) I thought SP dragged in certain spots and that some of the gags didn't work particularly well. While still not perfect, I thought the comedic timing, raunchy though it was, was much more precise in Team America.

I can't recall the last time I saw anything quite so irreverent. I'll give them this: everyone gets gored. I know there are friends of mine who may well be offended by this movie, and I can understand why. I'll readily admit there were some parts in it where my jaw was on the floor in "I can't believe they just did that" mode. I mean, you just don't put non-anatomically correct Barbie sex on the screen. You just don't. But they did.

However, I'm very, very grateful to live in a country where Trey and Matt can exist and make satirical statements that remind us not to take ourselves so seriously. And hey, Trey, if Hollywood kicks you out after this movie, you've surely got a career writing Broadway musicals. *smiles* However, if they do, they just don't appreciate their own bad boys.

It kind of has some of the silly sensibility of Airplane!, but much more foul-mouthed, outrageous, pointed, and . . . odd. It is truly sophomoric humor and yet, so often, they deliver the mot juste that deflates and skewers any sacred cow unfortunate enough to wander into their path. Additionally, the bit with various parts of Mount Rushmore opening seems very much a Monty Python homage.

And I'm afraid I can't stop humming "America! F***, Yeah!" and "Montage." Dangerously catchy, just like "Uncle F***a" from South Park.

Yes, it's profane. If you don't like South Park, you surely won't like this. I don't want to embarrass my parents, but yeah, I'm afraid David and I both laughed at this one. I know I probably shouldn't, but s'funny. Very funny.

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tagplazen
Oct. 15th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
I want to see this, those two are funnier than hell, did you ever see Canibal: The Musical? There's some great songs in that movie.

The South Park episode on Mormons had me dying, it was so spot on.
pointedview
Oct. 15th, 2004 09:32 am (UTC)
Haven't gotten to see that one yet, but I've heard of it, and some of their others, too. I want to see The Passion of the Jew. *snerk* I just saw that on DVD in Best Buy the other day, and burst out laughing. "Oh, they are SO bad!" I exclaimed affectionately, picking up the DVD and earning a dirty look from a rather prim woman beside me. :)
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