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Team America: World Police [Nov. 22nd, 2004|11:12 pm]
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I think my favourite review soundbyte for Team America: World Police is this one: "If you're not a fan of naughtiness for naughtiness's sake, Team America is this week's must-miss movie."
The source? The Christian Science Monitor! So yeah, we'll be taking that review with a rather large grain of salt...

Actually, I'm surprised they sent a reviewer at all. Because if you know nothing else about Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it's that they are going to out-profane Tarantino and out-disgust the Farellys. And if you don't like it, well...Screw you, hippie!

Beyond the vomit jokes and the swearing, there is a lot of clever going on in this. No target is left undecimated. The liberals and the conservatives get a cheerful skewering...and of course, you can't get too irate about it. I mean, hey, they're just puppets, right?

Sure. Puppets with an R rating for, as the MPAA explained, "graphic, crude and sexual humor, violent images and strong language; all involving puppets."

The "actors" themselves, inspired by the 1960's show Thunderbirds are puppets - marionettes, in fact, with strings and all. And right when, perhaps, we forget about that...we get a mini-homage to The Matrix that reminds us we're watching a 21st Century Punch-and-Judy show.

The visual jokes are almost as funny as the movie. The streets of Paris are paved with crossants. Palm trees are made of money. Korean buildings are made of Chinese takeout boxes. There are little, subtle references to Star Wars (the original one), Jerry Maguire, James Bond, Kill Bill and more. And, above all else, beware of Kim Jong Il's deadly panthers! Now, usually I would get a little soapboxy about the way Asians are represented in this, with the "I'm So Ronerey" song and the careless mixing of Korean, Chinese and Japanese themes (although the writing is Korean, and I so wish I could read what it says)...but then, every group possible is represented just as badly. Besides, they're not really Asians...

The songs, are hilarious, as they were in the South Park movie. Apart from the above "I want" song, there's a sad "I miss you" song ("I miss you as much as Michael Bay missed the mark with Pearl Harbor..."), a montage song, and the rally cry "America! Fuck Yeah!" There's also a song about Alec Baldwin that runs of the end of the closing credits; it's not on the soundtrack, so don't leave early.

The only thing wrong is...well, it doesn't seem as funny somehow as it probably would have a month ago. Now it's just...scary.

Oh. And 911 times 2356 is 2146316, in case you were wondering.

[User Picture]From: johnnyg
2004-11-23 02:16 pm (UTC)
The Christian Science Monitor is a pretty well-respected paper isn't it?
Also, I've only ever seen those Chinese take-out boxes on TV and movies. I pine for Chinese take-out in little square boxes with foldy tops.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-11-23 02:46 pm (UTC)
Well, yes...I suppose the CSM is respected as a newspaper in general...but would you really expect a rave review from them of a movie that involves puppet sex, puppet projectile vomiting, and, worst of all, puppet profanity?

Not only that, but I've not noticed that many reviews on Rotten Tomatoes from them (nothing like the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle...hell, even the Sacramento Bee, etal). So for the CSM to have one featured on this particular film was amusingly incongruent.

You've never gotten take out in real Chinese takout boxes? What do they put it in?
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[User Picture]From: johnnyg
2004-11-23 02:53 pm (UTC)
Styrofoam. And sometimes aluminum plates.
Until I'm proven wrong, I plan to believe the square boxes are just a media invention, like 555 phone numbers.

I think the Christian Scientists are closer philosophically to Unitarians than to Bible Thumpers. I'lll bet they're all for puppet profanity.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-11-23 02:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, no...they exist, those paper boxes. I'll probably get one at lunch, in fact, since my plans fell through.
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