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Team America: World Police (2004)

  Directed by: Trey Parker
Written by: Pam Brady, Trey Parker, Matt Stone
Starring: Masasa, Kristen Miller, Daran Norris, Trey Parker, Matt Stone
Links: Team America: World Police on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"That's enough of that for a while now" - a review by pearly

I remember when South Park was cool. Everyone was watching it, and people had shot glasses with Cartman on them, and Chef ties and so on. All purchased from one of those terrible stores like What's New (if you're in Melbourne, you'll know what I mean), which I have vowed never to shop in again.

But most people went off South Park pretty quickly. And then, recently, it got a bit of a resurgence, and along with this new and fairly popular series, those two weird-looking guys who created it all have gone and released a satirical film which is nothing to do with South Park, except for the fact that Trey Parker and Matt Stone have to do with both of them. Team America: World Police is that film.

Whereas the characters in South Park are created via animation, Team America: World Police features marionette puppets who waddle their way through the scenes. The film is essentially a parody of the U.S. / Iraq war, but it becomes bigger than just that in the process. It pokes fun at everything from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats to Pearl Harbor (2001), and everyone from Ben Affleck to, um, Matt Damon. Ahem.

Team America are a group of five people, led by Spottswoode (Daran Norris), who set out to save the world from terrorists, no matter where they roam. In the process, they manage to unwittingly stuff up everything around them: in the opening scenes, whilst trying to gun down some terrorists in France, they destroy the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and many other dwellings and whatnot in Paris. Smiling, these World Police assure the crestfallen Parisians around them that their country is safe, and off they go on their merry way.

This paves the way for more of the same, along with other ridiculous side stories (like a love story which leads to much puppet sex) added in because... well, because they could.

The film contains many joke songs, the most memorable of which is the Team America theme song, which basically consists of repeated chants of "America! Fuck yeah! Coming again to save the motherfucking day yeah!", which is just a little bit too catchy given that it's not a totally appropriate song to get stuck in your head when you're in mixed company. My favourite, though, was a song called Montage which was probably the least relevant to the rest of the film (and was actually remixed from a similar song from South Park), but which made fun of this tried and true film technique.

Team America: World Police is quite a laff, but I can only stomach so much Parker/Stone at one time, as I find it gets repetitive very quickly. The Matt Damon joke, for example, was funny once. Even twice was pushing the bounds, but the four or five times it was used was most definitely overkill to my tastes. Regardless, in the immortal words of Moe Szyslak: "it's funny and it makes you think". Good, harmless fun.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 23 Dec 2004

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Reader comments

  1. Simply put - This is the funniest film of all time. Easily.

    Nothing has captured how the world views the 'American Way' so perfectly, it's parody of alomst everything Hollywood is spot-on. The songs are all master works.

    It's a work of untouchable Genius.

    The only scene that stopped the audience from constant spasms of laughter was a scene with corpses floating in a flood. Although the film had been distributed well before Dec26, so it's not supposed to be anything to do with the Tsunami. Could prob do with cutting for the DVD tho.

    I for one Can't wait to own it.

    Trey & Matt for president!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Peter on Sat 22 Jan 2005 02:26 #

  2. This sucked. This was not anywhere near South Park, and maybe it wasn't intended to be. The only really funny aspect of the movie was the soundtrack. That's it. If more people didn't know Trey and Matt had anything to do with this movie, it would've done terrible. AIDS,gay bashing,war...I don't get whats funny about it? South Park tackled real issues with toilet humor and satire. And at the end you felt some closure. After watching actors I like get blown up, hearing FAG every other second (why F.A.G. and not N.I.G.G.E.R.? Could it be Trey and Matt actually have their limits?)hearing a musical about AIDS (anyone who has actually worked with AIDS patients would immediately leave the theatre)....after all that and relavtively few laughs,I thought,"Ok, whats the point here,What are they going for?". There wasn't a point. This could've been a great movie but Matt and Trey ends up attacking the same people who are fans of them. They dont want us taking everything seriously but one must ask, whos pulling the strings? Maybe Matt and Trey are not as rebellious as they would have us to believe.

    Rating given: 4

    A comment from Orochi on Fri 11 Mar 2005 01:02 #

  3. i think this movie is great. p.s where do u download the theme song

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from jon on Thu 26 Jan 2006 23:02 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 8.00 (3 ratings)

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