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Team America: World Police 2004

Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love...

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As bad as america´s politics
MAAAATT DAAAAAAAAMON
And i thought South park,family guy etc was stupid...
Just saw this again & it gets funnier every time I see it.. It might seem rather offensive at times but I don't offend easy & I'd rather look at the comedic aspect of what it is & that it is simply just a movie..
America F*** Yeah
I don't know if anybody remembers a show called the Thunderbirds, but this movie is what it is a take off from. Total marionettes. Would be cool if there were some links to that old show. Every time I think of the one scene where she leaves/gives him a present, so warm and loving, and thoughtful, I cringe and LMAO. A classic scene not soon forgot.
Not my kind of movie but I still finished it. Laughed a bit too.
Good movie. I'd see it again, but not anytime soon. It had some really good laughs in it where I thought I wasn't going to be able to control my bladder. But then there was the rest of it...full of *groannnn*. "Did they really just say/do that?" ran through my head quite a bit. A scene involving vomit comes to mind. All in all, it was a pretty good movie but not nearly the caliber of Bigger, Longer and Uncut.
Where do you begin?? Once upon a time in puppet land lived a team, made up of American Police hero's...... ok thats where the story starts.

I liked this movie, would I tell you to take your kids to see this, no way. I was offended by a few things that happened, but really what do you expect by going to see a film by the South Park creators. So to you guys, thanks for a great movie.
"Remember, there's no I in Team America!"
"uhhhh....Yes there is"

Team America: World Police is an absolute Riot. From F.A.G to Intelligence, even to crazy puppet sex, you know that this movie rocks! The lyrics are hysterical, the action intense, and the Gihad, well, Gihadish. In team america, Jim Kong IL is preparing to launch one of the biggest attacks with WMDs in the world, but not if team america can help it. They recruit Gary, the best actor there is to help take on the Koreans and the Drikidrikstani's. I reccomend this movie to EVERYONE! It kicks butt. I don't reccomend it to Micheal Moore Lovers or bush supporters, which almost makes no sense, bu thats about how much sense what I just said makes...ahah....okay. This movie is not for kids what so ever, but by far one of the funniest movies I have ever seen :fresh:

The thing that keeps coming up in all the descriptions of Team America: World Police is how "offensive" and "outrageous" it is. Trey Parker and Matt Stone have built a virtual empire out of being hilariously tasteless, so that TA:WP would be described as such isn't much of a shock. And, in fact, the movie features puppet sex, vomiting, decapitations, rabidly racist caricatures, blow jobs and a prolonged AIDS joke*, but, strangely, all of it is so gleefully done that it never once comes off as offensive.

Maybe it's me. Maybe my exposure to the likes of Meet the Feebles (which features puppet sex, vomiting, decapitations, rabidly racist caricatures, blows jobs and a prolonged AIDS joke, but done in a much grimier, less tongue-in-cheek fashion) or the astonishingly repugnant Let My Puppets Come has dulled me to outrageous gross-out humor involving non-humans. Maybe I've just been watching too much hentai.

There's a good chance, of course, that the restrictive R-rating made Team America: World Police a much cleaner film, but from what I've read, it doesn't sound that much more explicit. (The MPAA were apparently just too turned on by the genital-free puppet humping.) Most of the film's comedy comes from gross-out humor, often in the form of just plain swearing, including one funny running gag involving one team member coming up with increasingly ludicrous methods of torturing his teammate.

Not all of it, of course. A fair share simply comes from mocking the action/adventure film format, with endless explosions (usually involving international monuments), goofily terrible dialogue (though only marginally worse than that of Attack of the Clones) and typical plot twists (our hero leaves the team... but comes back when they need him most!). In this mode, the film almost takes on a Zucker sensibility--the puppets are certainly just as good at delivering stonefaced dialogue as Robert Hays. The fact that all of the characters are played by puppets is referenced relatively subtely, with motions that show the limitations of the format, and the joke is never overplayed to the point of redundancy.

Some folks are calling this a "satire," which presumably means that they noticed it was about war in America and made fun of a bunch of left-wing celebrities, but I wouldn't give it that much c... redit. The jabs at the likes of Alec Baldwin and Tim Robbins are so blunt that they're too idiotic to even take seriously--it's more like Parker and Stone took a random target that hadn't been crucified and shot for it. (I can say "John Ashcroft is a big ugly doody-head," but that doesn't make this review satire.) It's main reason for being is to make a gross-out comedy with lots of explosions, and looking deeping than that (check out the Kansas City Star review, which compares it to Dr. Strangelove!?) is strictly for the same people desperately trying to figure out the political subtleties of Legally Blonde 2.

It's partially because of that that I can't really give Team America a higher grade. It's also, while very funny, pretty dependent on the audience not seeing the jokes coming. Characters don't really have story arcs as much as they do jumping from cliche scene to cliche scene in service of the plot, so there's no real reason to watch for subtleties in the film. I could watch it again, but I don't see myself coming back to this in the same way I did South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut or Cannibal: The Musical, which I can still enjoy despite having seen them countless times.

Certainly Team America: World Police is a lot of fun, and features the best patriotic theme song in film history, but it's not brilliant. It's just a fun time, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that.

* -- (to be fair, Team America's isn't really an AIDS joke, it's a Rent joke. And Rent deserves to be ridiculed.)
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