Team America: World Police is the latest from Matt Stone and Trey Parker, better known as the guys behind South Park. Except, this time,
instead of crappy animation, there are puppets. Puppets that do horrible, unspeakable things...
Team America will get the most attention because of its crude and offensive humor. No one is left unscathed (especially not celebrities).
However, Stone and Parker don't mean to offend as much as they mean to make the audience laugh their asses off. And they succeed, big
Team America will inevitably draw comparisons to the very funny South Park movie. Admittedly, the South Park film had better songs, but
Team America is a better overall movie. The film is able to maintain a consistent flow of very funny material throughout its entire running
The film opens with a slap in the face to a bad Bruckheimer action film, and by the end is basically about killing as many activist celebrities
as possible (very gruesomely I might add).
A lot has been made of whether the movie is pro-war or anti-war. Honestly, if you have seen South Park you know what to expect. Parker
and Stone make fun of everyone and everything. No matter what your political views you should find Team America very funny (except if you
love celebrities, or are Sean Penn or Roger Ebert).
I won't go into detail about the specific jokes because I hate asshole critics that do that. Let's just say there are numerous jokes you will be
referencing long after you walk out of the theater.
As for the puppets themselves, they are a little creepy, but surprisingly expressive. After a while you don't even notice the awkward
motions... or the strings.
Team America also gets a fitting score by Harry Gregson-Williams, which strikes a great balance of cliché action movie cues, and genuinely
Team America is not without a few clunkers though. The much talked about puppet sex scene isn't very funny, and some of the jokes are too
far over the top. Also, as I said earlier, the songs are good, but nowhere near the quality of the ones in South Park: B, L, and U. However,
these are really just small criticisms. Fans of South Park will love this movie, and there are a hell of a lot of South Park fans. Fuck yeah, this
movie is recommended!
* * * 1/2
(out of four)
Directed by: Trey Parker
Written by: Trey Parker & Matt Stone & Pam Brady
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, Masasa
Moyo, Daran Norris, Phil Hendrie, Maurice LaMarche
Cinematography by: Bill Pope
Music by: Harry Gregson-Williams
Released: October 15, 2004; 98 Minutes