FUNNIEST FILM OF THE YEAR!
I'll get right to the point, Trey
Parker and Matt Stone's Team America: World Police is the funniest film I've
seen this year, and one of the more hilarious movies I've ever seen, period!
Who'd have thought that a send-up of action movies that cleverly satirizes both
America's military cock-swinging and the liberal Hollywood masses that hate it
equally well, with puppets, could work so well? The guy that was running
the Press screening in Sacramento I attended chuckled after it was over, aware
of my non-stop yukking throughout the film, and said, "Well, I know what YOU
thought of the movie!"
Of course, if you like South
Park, you'll without a doubt love the film. But if you can appreciate a
good laugh (or tons of them) you'll find something to love about Team America,
too. Taking the cue from the 60s puppet adventure shows (that used the
process) Team America manages to pull off an
action packed comedy completely devoid of actual people. It's a funny
throwback to see marionettes dangling on strings giving better performances than
the human cast of The Day After Tomorrow did. Just as Parker and Stone are
able to breathe life into shoddy construction paper cutouts in South Park,
there's brilliant humor and biting commentary with these goofy puppets, as well.
The story involves a team of
super-cops who all purport to have special talents to fight terrorism, but when
they get into the thick of things, those talents pretty much mean blowing the
fuck out of everything standing, living or dead. In the opening sequence,
while trying to shoot a few terrorists in Paris (who use authentic language like
"Dirka dirka dirka, Mohammad Jihad!"), manage to destroy The Eiffel Tower, Arc
de Triumph, and just about everything else. It's a not so subtle jab at
America's own real-life "Don't worry, we'll save you" attitude.
But unlike Fahrenheit 9/11, which
relentlessly attacks our conservative leadership, the liberal "pussies" in the
acting community are fair game as well. A virtual who's who of today's
hottest actors band together to use their talents to bring peace to the world in
their own fashion. And that means becoming unwitting pawns of North
Korea's mad dictator Kim Jon Il in the process. I'd love to be at the
premieres watching the reactions of Matt Damon, Helen Hunt, Tim Robbins, and
Susan Sarandon (who are just a handful of the Hollywood elite within) as their
puppet doppelgangers make them look like idiots.
It certainly brings up a good
point as to why the media gives actors so much of a voice when it comes to
speaking out about current events. As if they have more to say about the
war than you or I. Many folks seem to think this is a misguided
liberal-bashing movie (including Sean Penn, who isn't spared in this film), but
I think they aren't used to a mainstream film that attacks BOTH sides. If
you've seen South Park, you know Parker and Stone are equal opportunity
The jokes never stop coming.
I won't tell you about any of them, because they're brilliant and sometimes
surprising. Some of them are ridiculously over the top and repulsive, but
you're bound to find 10 or 20 things to laugh out loud at, no matter what level
your humor sinks to.
And the underappreciated
songwriting talents of Trey Parker click on all cylinders throughout the movie.
From Kim Jong Il singing, "I'm So Ronery" to the team's anthem, "America, FUCK
YEAH!" the tunes are clever and side splitting. It's a shame that the
soundtrack doesn't come out until November 2nd, cause I'd love to buy it right
Anyway, believe me with this one,
folks! I'm ready to see it again! Let me know what you think!
FIVE out of FIVE MARTINI GLASSES
WATCH FOR THE TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE
SOUNDTRACK COMING NOVEMBER 2nd!