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We have a sh!tload of TEAM AMERICA reviews! Seems Matt and Trey knocked it outta the park!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with an unbelievable stack of words praising the genius of Matt Stone and Trey Parker once again. I must admit that I read no more than the first couple of lines of each as TEAM AMERICA is one of my most anticipated flicks of the year (as I coded the below reviews I have the CANNNIBAL: THE MUSICAL and SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT soundtracks playing, with a special appearance by "Now You're A Man" from ORGAZMO... so, yeah... I'm a fan) and I refuse to spoil it. There were no sneaks in New Zealand, so I'm going to have to catch it opening weekend when I get back! Anyway, I'm gonna string a shitload of reviews down below. Many of them contain spoilers, I'm sure, so beware! Also, keep your eye on the site. That lazy and lucky bastard, Moriarty, got to sit down with Trey and Matt and has what is promised to be the best interview since Moses talked to God. hehe. Now on with it!

Hello, Harry

First-time writer, longtime fan. I just got back from seeing a sneak peek of Team America: World Police at the Charlottetown cinema.

In short, it's an awesome experience, one the most distinct films you're ever likely to see. It may be the funniest movie of the year, and certainly one of the most satirical.

Parker and Stone don't stray that far from their usual motifs (thankfully); this would probably work as an episode of South Park, puppets notwithstanding. I could even see it as a live action movie, although the entertainment factor wouldn't be as great. The puppets, which could have been (and to an extent, are) a gimmick, don't get old, and add to the movie greatly.

The plot is basic: Team America, the world's police, are trying to stop terrorists (all of whom fall under into one generic group, with mutual aims) from using WMDS to destroy the world. Kim Jong-Il is the one supplying the WMDS. They recruit Gary Johnston, a Broadway actor (currently starring in the musical "Lease" (parodying both "Grease" and "Rent") with the catchy title song of "Everyone has AIDS"). Gary has to act like a terrorist, to lead them to the source. Trouble is, Gary is haunted by the memories of the death of his brother (at the hands of gorillas) as a result of his acting.

The rest of the team are all also hilarious stereotypes:

- Lisa, the blonde psychiatrist, who is attracted to Gary, but burdened by the loss of fellow TA member Carson, who proposed to her moments before he was gunned down.

- Sarah, an "empath" who says things like "I sense you are confused"; as a Star Trek: TNG fan, I recognized the inspiration for the character easily.

- Joe, the All American, Scott Summers-type from Nebraska, who is in love with Sarah (who is in love with Gary, like Lisa).

- Chris, who provides the single-largest amount of the film's profanity, is a martial arts expert, and loathes actors because of an incident in his past.

- Spotswood, the old, cigarette-smoking boss, who would probably be played by Brian Dennehy or Brian Cox in a live action film.

TA:WP is chock full of references to other films. There are the usual suspects, like Star Wars and The Matrix, but also Kill Bill: Vol. 1, the "Conspiracy" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and several references to South Park.

Two of the most notable South Park references relate to Kim Jong-Il; first off, as you can tell from the trailers, he speaks exactly like the City Wok guy. He also uses Cartman's "you're breakin' my balls" line from the episode where Kenny died for real (temporarily).

Also like in South Park, there are "real" scenes hilariously interspersed with the scenes with the puppets; not to mention several awesome musical numbers.

The "theme" of the film is "America! Fuck Yeah!", which is played several times, in different tones; at one point, it's sung mournfully, after the archtypical scene where the Team falls out with each other.

Politically, the film savages both the Right and the Left (politically-active actors are hit especially hard). Whenever Team America goes on a mission to stop the bad guys, the demolish whole cities and blow up major landmarks, while cheerily and obliviously telling the locals that freedom has triumphed and they are safe (the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triumphe, the Pyramids, and the Sphinx are all blow up by Team America, provoking no reaction beyond "We missed"). On the other hand, people like Alec Baldwin and Michael Moore play right into Kim Jong-Il's hands, nearly allowing him to destroy the world. This whole philosophy is summed up by Gary in a speech that divides the world in Dicks, Pussies, and Assholes.

Ratings-wise, the MPAA was being its usual self with regard to the NC-17 rating. The amount of swearing in this movie obviously warrants an R, but the whole hubbub regarding the puppet sex scene is ludicrous (as the MPAA is wont to be); first off, the puppets have no genitilia, and second, they're PUPPETS.

There are many small details that amuse, such as during the scene where all world leaders assemble, and the Ugandan leader looks exactly like Idi Amin. And whenever a caption appears to identify what part of the world we're in (Cairo, North Korea, Panama) it comes complete with a readout showing exactly how far it is to America (my favourite was the Panama one, which said that Panama Canal, Central America, was X miles from Real America).

All in all, a great film, and one that should be seen by every person who can get into an R-rated movie, through legal or extralegal means.

I'm CaptainCanuck, and I rate it a 10 out of 10.

Next...

Harry,

Quick reaction here to a screening I attended of "Team America: World Police" earlier today in NYC.

Anyone who's been waiting to laugh their ass off like they did at "South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut" has something big to look forward to -- except maybe for Sean Penn, who's already pissed off at his portrayal here and is behaving like the crybaby F.A.G. that he is. This movie is absolute giddy, hysterical fun from beginning to end.

It's amazing how well it skewers each and every one of its targets and manages to weave so many briliant ideas and concepts into a cohesive storyline. No one is left unscathed, particularly liberal Hollywood. I can't wait to hear what the Alec Baldwins, Susan Sarandons, Tim Robbins and others have to say about their portrayals here. And who could guess that a movie starring marionettes could be perhaps the the most sexually explicit non-NC-17, non-X-rated film ever released by a Hollywood studio?

There are a few more lulls than I remember there being in "South Park" and the finale bore a certain resemblance to that movie, but overall this is Parker and Stone at the top of their game. If the rumored cut scenes are restored to the DVD, there's even more great stuff to look forward to. Can't wait to see the mainstream media's reviews on this one.

Chuck

And next...

Hey Harry, or Moriarty, or anyone at the AICN,

NivekJ1 here. Long time talkbacker, intermittent submitter. Don't got long, Venture Bros. about to come on (that show rules!). Anyway, Team America: World Police was amazing. Parker and Stone do a great job of lampooning not only the action genre but also the political climate in general. This was a real crowdpleaser at the AMC in Tallahassee, and this would have been a great summer flick.

The puppets were great looking, ridiculously moving (in more ways than one), and the songs were the best part of the movie, I shall give away nothing. Every comedy has a few dry spots, and so does Team America, but the highs are definitely worth it. This movie is to October 04 as to what School of Rock was to October 03: kick-ass. See this movie. I dare anyone not to laugh once during this movie.

Make that thrice.

PEACE,

NivekJ1

And then...

Yeah I know your getting a lot of them but here's my two cents.

OK caught my local sneak preview in the land of Capone. Honestly next to Anchorman and Dodgeball this is the funniest movie of the year.

The major thing to say is don't worry about the marrionettes. They become a after-thought after the first 30 minutes. However they are constantly the punchline in many jokes throughout the movie. I truly don't want to ruin anything but the first love seen is the only reason you need to see this movie.

The music is epic. Almost irreverent in it's beauty and structure. And for those south park fans be happy that a new extended cut of the montage song made the cut!

One last thing before I go, Team America's dick n pussy philosophy will rule my life forever.

No need to cover me up call me Andy.

And...

The theatre at the Century Stadium 12 was packed with mostly teens and 20-somethings for the sneak preview. At 45 I was one of the oldest guys there, but I was next to the youngest view...I'd say about seven years old. I don't know what she was there, but she seemed to enjoy it.

Of course, it's the wild all-puppet spoof of action movies, with an all-American group saving the world...if you look past the part that they leave a lot of damage behind.

The puppet sex.....even creepier than the real thing. Matt and Trey didn't hold back here. I can see why it took so long to earn an R rating...the MPAA wasn't sure if puppet sex is as bad as the real thing, anatomy-wise.

The plot....well, that's not important, but it does show the Team's struggles, and how it affects their ability to save the world. Who would have thought an argument on who's dating who would help their ability to shoot down enemy planes? Kim Jung-Il is totally evil, and yet you feel for him when he sings how lonely he is. Almost reminds me of Cartman.

I don't know if any of the actors who were skewered by the movie have had a chance to see it yet, but according to the Drudge Report, Sean Penn must have, and sent Matt and Trey a "drop dead you jerks" letter to them. Despite that, Alec Baldwin was especially skewered as a dupe to terrorists. Nothing funnier, though, than seeing Helen Hunt trying to beat TA member Sarah in a sword fight...except the downward spiral of newbie member Gary when something goes wrong.

But this movie borrows a bit from South Park. Just compare this film's climactic scenes to the ones in the South Park movie. The "montage song" from the South Park ep on Aspen gets new life in the movie. 

Three stars here, although I wish Trey and Matt pounced on a few right-wing dupes--Rush and Bill O'Reilly, for example.

Call me Eternal Watcher.

Poopie pants...

I saw a preview screening of Team America and I thought it was the funniest movie I have seen all year. The whole theater was constantly laughing. The jokes and gags were so crude and over the top. That is one of the main reasons I thought the movie was so hilarious.

Team America was not afraid to take risks. This movie did not hold anything back. I also think that the film was well executed. The jokes were perfectly timed for the most part and as a satire it worked really well.

I really like South Park (TV Show and movie) so I am used to the humor. Team America did not disappoint. I had high expectations going in and was overwhelmingly impressed when I left. I was surprised though that the movie was actually clever in the way that it mocked and poked fun at serious and pertinent world issues. This movie is not as stupid as some people might presume.

When the DVD is released I hope we can see the movie uncut that include the scenes that the MPAA forced to be removed to get an R rating. The scene in question (which provoked the biggest reaction) is already pretty risky so I wonder how the uncut version would play. Since the studio that would release the DVD is Paramount I doubt the uncut version would be released anytime in the foreseeable future though since they seem to have a policy on not releasing NC-17 movies on DVD.

I don't think anyone will get offended by this movie if they know what they're getting themselves into beforehand. If someone is prepared to view the movie and are familiar with the content, plot, concept and don't take the movie too seriously or unnecessarily read into it than I don't think there will be a problem.

The movie and filmmakers don't guard or protect anyone from their scathing derision or choose political affiliations. Team America has no partisan agenda and supports no cause. Everyone and everything is a target. That's what I enjoyed so much about it. The movie does not pull any of its punches. I commend the filmmakers for having the guts and courage to get this movie actually produced since the concept is rather bizarre.

So overall the movie is worth watching because it's genuinely funny and different than anything that is currently released at the moment. Team America was uproarious and hysterical so if someone wants to be entertained and have a good time then this movie is definitely worth your time and effort.

Call me Vinnie Vegas

Did I say I pooped my pants earlier?

Harry,

Long time reader, first time...ya know. Anyway, just wanted to say that I caught a sneak of TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE. You all know what happens in the film...what you don't know is how inventive this film really is. It could have easily become a "puppet movie". But it's so much more. Matt and Trey are so much better than that. They have constantly tried to make sure that South Park remains fresh, relevant, and above all, hilarious.

This is a movie that doesn't rely on the novelty of puppets to drive the film. Not that there hasn't been a whole lot of love put into it though. It has. And it makes you believe that world so much more.

But the real driving force of the film is how unsentimental it is. Nothing, and I REALLY mean nothing is sacred. Just put it this way: There is a scene where the puppet Gary is going through one of those soul searching montages with a sentimental song playing trying to decide if he should join Team America. And they actually have a shot of Gary at Arlington National Cemetary in DC. I don't mean a model...I mean, they actually took the puppet to the cemetary and shot him next to the gravestones. And it is hilarious.

I got to the movie early, and we snuck into and watched about 5 minutes of Taxi. Every so often you would hear a few audience members giggle. But not much. This movie had the entire theatre laughing, applauding, the works. Half the crowd stayed to listen to the credits (which has a reprise of every song played in the movie, and one original...definately worth sitting until the very, very end.

If you use me...call me M-Diddy.

Yeah... pooped my pants... ooohhhh...

Hey, harry. Caught the Sneak Preview of Team America: World Police tonight. In short, it was the SHIT. The brilliance that one would expect from a Trey Parker-Matt Stone send up of modern action flicks is totally present in this movie. Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kim Jong Il, and Matt Damon are among the many celebrities who're torn a new asshole over the course of the film. The action scenes are hilariously done, and the puppet sex scene is one of the funniest things committed to celluloid. If there are any problems with it, then it must be that there is a lack of polish to it. The lack of celebrity voice cameos and the surprisingly large amount of jokes that miss clue you in on the time pressure that the team was under. However, when the jokes hit, they hit HARD, and the refreshingly unbiased satire that attacks both sides, right and left, make this movie another work of genius by the "South Park Dudes."

Oh and if you post this... I am SANCHO!

He is not Sancho! Nor is Scott Baio Sancho...

hey harry,

Just got back from a Team America preview screening at Paramount (we were recruited off the street and the crowd seemed to be a blend of paramount staffers and critics) and this movie is the end of the world!

Let me try and give you a taste of this thing without giving anything away...

People were screaming and laughing from beginning to end - and some of the biggest laughs came from the songs (has anyone mentioned the fact that this is a full-on musical - people were singing their ways back to the parking lot afterwards) this is going to be huge!

And it is clearly the work of people who do not give a crap what anyone - Mulsims, Asians, Gays, Liberals, Particular Hollywood Celebrities- thinks about anything. The only consideration to what made it into this one was whether or not it was funny. And if some feathers get ruffled - too bad. I can only imagine what people are going to turn up to raise a stink!

On a technical level - the film is amazing - the sets, the puppets, but also really dramatic chiaroscuro lighting - the film is gorgeous as well as hilarious.

And the politics are going to surprise people - I don't know what you're expecting but I'd say this movie tilts more right than left (which coming from a recent exile from San Francisco was a real relief!) The philosophy expressed seems to be "in the war on terror you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs" though it's expressed in an astoundingly, hilariously vulgar speech.

Call me...

The Crimson Executioner

Quick, Choda-dog! Fetch another review!!!

Moriarty,

How goes it? Wicker Man here. Just rolled in from a great one-two punch of The Mooney Suzuki and "Team America: World Police." A good time was had by all. When I left the movie theater, they were giving away free tickets for the movie tomorrow night, which kind of sucked in a way. I don't think it's possible that this thing is being tweaked, since it's due for release in a week. Anyway, here's the sweet and lowdown.

With regards to the movie itself... I honestly don't know what to make of it. I loved the movie and thought it was hilarious, but it's a satire of action movies, not politics. Don't expect to see Dubya or Mr. Kerry in the movie. This is a satire of action movies that just happens to focus on the current state of global terrorism. Terrorists getting their just desserts, outspoken celebrities getting their just desserts, etc. etc. In a way, it's interesting that Kim Jong Il is the focus of this movie's world terrorism, considering how Mr. Kerry has been talking about the WMD threat of North Korea. I'm sure this was inadvertent to Parker and Stone as filmmakers, but in some loopy way it now seems to bring part of Kerry's ideology about North Korea into consciousness and thereby could have some small real-world political impact in a way the movie never intended (I'm not saying if that's good or bad, just pointing it out as an aside).

Essentially, the movie starts with an attempted terrorist attack in Paris, which is thwarted, but still manages to end with accidental massive destruction, anyway. One of the original members of Team America is killed, which leads the team to recruit as his replacement the great rising actor, Gary Johnston, currently appearing on Broadway in "Lease: The Musical." When he agrees to join the team to help get over a tragic incident in his childhood, the newly regrouped Team America heads to Egypt to thwart some other terrorists that are hiding out there. The mission leads to more averted terrorism, and more accidental destruction (all by the hands of our exuberant heroes). It isn't long before Hollywood (and Michael Moore) starts clamoring against the hotheaded Team America, and shortly thereafter the Tinseltown elite are naively recruited by Kim Jong Il into a peace plan which masks his scheme to use WMDs to equalize the world's suffering as a "Third World" Earth. Before they can stop him, however, Team America will have to put aside its squabbling and personal demons, including Gary's fear about whether or not he can outmatch his hero, Alec Baldwin, in order to save the world.

Overall, the gags are hilarious, made funnier by riffs on the clichéd situations and dialogue regurgitated in every action movie since "Die Hard." The sets, the puppetry, the cinematography (the last by Bill Pope) are all spectacular, but the songs are what stick out. "Team America, Fuck Yeah" and another one about how Ben Affleck sucked in "Pearl Harbor" are two of the standouts. Fear not, neither Affleck nor his pal Matt Damon fare well in this film. I think the savvy approach taken by Parker and Stone, and not just in their mainstay "South Park," is that they make everyone a target of their satire. I guess there's a logic to making fun of every single fucking person on the planet, because in a way, no one's really singled out when everyone's offended (take the "Lease: The Musical" song, "Everyone Has AIDS," for example, which is as comically appalling as it is unifying).

Lastly, I have to mention this. If that sex scene that's been mentioned so often before was really edited down, good lord! What was it like before?! They said something like three minutes was cut down to the roughly 40 seconds I saw tonight. Still, you can't complain when you see a puppet couple banging every which way in a major studio motion picture. That really is a thing of demented beauty.

"Team America: World Police" is a damn funny movie. It ain't all that deep, although there are some ideas within the gags that really do sort of have a resonance. Mostly, just laugh your fool heads off and leave it at that.

Another hot time in the old town tonight...

The Wicker Man  

Dammit Jim! We need another review!

Hey Harry and Puppet Masters,

Trey Parker and Matt Stone strike again with Team America: World Police. It?s absolutely hilarious. At one point, I kid you not, I laughed so long and hard that my gut literally got sore. Honest. Really, I?m not exaggerating. The audience applauded several times and was boisterous throughout.

The movie pops the bubbles of liberals and conservatives on skewers of satire. It drags in spots during the middle. Some plot contrivances could be ridiculed more. Of course, they deliberately throw in as many clichés as possible. But a few could be stretched to greater absurd lengths.

To very funny effect, the audience is constantly reminded they?re watching puppets. Several movie conventions loose their cinematic glory when puppetized. A shot from the Matrix movies comes specifically to mind.

Fingerprints of South Park comic techniques are all over to no surprise. Some jokes have lingered in my mind and I?ll find myself laughing out loud. Parker once again demonstrates his knack for writing memorable hysterical songs. Like South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut was in 1999, this will probably be the best musical done anywhere this year. Most sat through the entire credits listening to the songs again. There?s one not in the movie near the credits? end.

Run. Seek it out. I can only hope Team America becomes a colossal hit.

Side Note: The Ratings Debate For This Movie. How ridiculous is it to get bent out of shape over marionettes having sex? You can see the strings the whole time. Just who do the MPAA prudes think they?re protecting? Do they really think a 14 or 15 year old is going to be scarred for life by seeing puppets giving each other blowjobs or pissing on each other (things rumored to have been cut out)? They?re puppets for Christ?s sake. It?s especially ridiculous when some teenagers engage in such activities in their own bedrooms and car backseats. Someone needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Oh wait, I forgot, the MPAA board is paid and/or chosen to be culturally asleep. It?s another euphemism for which the word ?conservative? is employed.

-Psychedelic

10,000 reviews for me to edit by myself. For that you get the head, the tail... the whole damn thing!

Hey Moriarty.

I wanted to give you some thoughts on Team America, which I saw at a sneak preview last night at the ridiculously huge AMC Theater in Times Square. The ridiculously huge theater was in place partly because there were so many people that they had to move it to a theater with more seating, which definitely worked in everyone's favor.

Anyhow, the movie itself is pretty extraordinary. It is really tough for me to begin to even describe how much I liked it. If I had to break down my reactions, my love for the movie would be twofold. Firstly, I thought that it was the most anarchic, subversive, and ridiculously unprincipled film with a Hollywood movie studio logo in front of it. This movie has no message and no morality. It is, in its essence, two guys fucking a lot of shit up and making fun of absolutely every human and non-human target. They assail both American imperialism and the so-called Hollywood elite so viciously that it is impossible to discern what side they are on, mainly because there is no side. They just revel in the mockery, which is fine by me. Moreover, the film will probably bring in the guys' South Park humor to a wider audience, which I support. In fact, the funniest scene in the movie was probably two minutes of a puppet vomiting. I love that a lot of the humor unabashedly functions on this level.

Secondly, what I truly loved about the movie is how cinematic and artistic it was. Not only is it a totally devastating mockery of every single conceivable Hollywood cliche, but it is also made with such skill that it stands as a film on its own right. The last thing I expected was to come into the film and admire its craftsmanship, but it is truly extraordinary. The puppets and the sets are beautiful, and the cinematography makes you forget that you are watching a bunch of puppets. The jokes about the puppets are hilarious, but what is most amazing is that you truly end up taking the film seriously (in some strange way).

What the movie ends up being is an absolutely hilarious and devastating mockery of everyone that Parker and Stone can find (with the notable exception of Kerry and Bush) that is made with such care that it ends up transcending its silliness, and becomes a truly great film, at least in my opinion. I am slightly worried that if Kim Jong Il ever sees this film, he will probably end up attacking the United States, but let us hope that he only watches North Korean porn. But even if he does attack, we can feel safe with the motto from Team America: "Freedom isn't free, it costs a buck or five."

Call me Kusturica

You want more? It'll cost you about three fifty... Tree-fiddy!!!

I will keep it short, It was GREAT!......well not that short.

I went with my wife and friend, surprisingly the theater only had like 40 people in it. Possibly due to the lack of knowledge as anyone I talked to never heard of the screening. I will start by saying "Matt Damon", every time he said his name I almost cried it was so funny, I do not know why but it was. The entire film was amazing, it was comically and technically brilliant. I loved how serious the film was taken in an action film aspect. From Gary getting his first glimpse of Lisa, with the whole checking her out from head to toe. To the depression, drink my life away bar scene. All very well done. The score was good as well, perfectly capturing the emotions and actions on screen. The songs are hilarious, proving Parker is truly a genius. 

The story was well done, Trey and Matt took no sides. It will offend some with the extreme stereotypical fake (albeit funny as hell) Arabian and Korean languages and accents. My wife was laughing up until the Puppet Sex Scene, which she was total appalled by for some reason, after the film all she said was "what the hell did they cut out?" she don't care for that kinda stuff. So I say go see the film on the 15th (or later) something will make you laugh and or enjoy the movie. Possibly Kim Jong Il's Panthers (Ha-Ha) to the destruction of the amazing sets, or simply the accurate homage to Thunderbirds, something will appeal to you. The 12 year olds in front of me seemed to love it, however their mother kept looking over at them after every other scene.

Enjoy the movie and be glad we get to witness something this great, I did and can not wait to see it one or two more times. I personal hope it fares well as I want to see more films from the creators of South Park as they are so often referred as

stuntdriver!

Can't get enough? How about a taste of this! COCK-ROCKET!!!

Hello from the Great White North, I've sent a couple little things in the past, but nothing publishable... anyhoo, had the great pleasure of seeing TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE last night and here are my mostly spoiler-free thoughts. It may be brief, but I really don't want to give too much away.

Broadway actor Gary Johnston, star of the hit musical Lease, has been recruited by Team America, an elite organization devoted to destroying terror(and any famous landmarks that may be around)all over the world. Apparently there's a plot to set off some WMD and our hero must act like a terrorist to save the world! Comic hijinks ensue.

And comic they are... from the songs, to Kim Jong Il, to the lampooning of Hollywod liberals, to the puppet sex, which I can assure you is still plenty over the top and really makes you wonder what sort of horrifying debauchery was cut to make it an R... it is a vulgar, offensive, and utterly funny epic. The scene with Gary in the alleyway alone is worth the price of admission.

There are downsides. The jokes don't seem to come as fast as they did in South Park:BLU, but they hit their mark most of the time... and a couple of the scenes seemed to drag on, particularly the "Freedom Isn't Free" number.

Overall, it's a brutal satire which will no doubt cause much bitching and whining from Hollywood fags(wait until you see it, you'll get the joke), as Sean Penn has apparently already come out against it... but if you're not easily offended and you like a good laugh, you could certainly do worse this weekend. It's one of the funniest movies of the year, right up there with Shaun of the Dead and Anchorman.

El Fuego Out.

Phewwww... I'm wiped out. How about you? FUCK YEAH!





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  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:56 a.m. CST

    First?

    by theoneofblood

    Like I really care. Looking forward to this.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Celebrities -- damn them all for having political opinions.

    by SmarkJobber

    I mean, it's not like any of them know anything -- I heard that footage of Sean Penn in Iraq was green-screened like "Wag the Dog." You sure showed those asshole opinion-havers, Matt and Trey! Keep up the good work!

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:11 a.m. CST

    More puppets...

    by Human Worm Baby

    'nuff said.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Alec Baldwin

    by vikingkitty

    "When you see Alec Baldwin, you will see the ugliest of human nature."

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:47 a.m. CST

    F.A.G. work

    by vikingkitty

    "Some day, people will look at the work we actors have done, and say, 'Way to go, F.A.G.!'"

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:27 a.m. CST

    MPAA rating

    by Uncapie

    If you remember, Stone and Parker screwed with the MPAA on the South Park movie so that could have been the reason why they gave them the NC-17 rating on Team America just to give them a hard time. Also, as much as I like these guys, it just wasn't a good idea to wear dresses to the Academy Awards.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Gee whiz, Parker and Stone! Nobody escapes your fearless satire!

    by Fuck You Moses

    Hollywood liberals, Kim Jong Il, asians, terrorists, gays, cripples, rednecks - wow, there's no sacred cow left untouched here! I mean, I just don't know how these fellas have even made a living making fun of these many beloved icons! Maybe in their next movie they could focus on lawyers, used car salesmen, career politicians, murderers and rapists to finally tear down the last few golden calves of our civilization with your biting satire! And make sure to pad it out with that cutting-edge fart humor, too!

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:59 a.m. CST

    No seriously, Parker and Stone are fucking hypocrites of the wor

    by Fuck You Moses

    Their stance on celebrities and politics has consistently been a pose of flatulent disdain: "How dare Alec Baldwin talk about the Iraq War or the environment! An actor knows nothing of politics, for an actor is merely an actor, not a politician! It is an insult to our populist sensibilities to hear an actor opine on politics!" This despite the fact that nearly every episode of South Park has had some overly didactic lesson to teach on everything from war to gay rights to patriotism to tolerance, and that the positions Parker and Stone stake out are, to a one, either woefully misinformed or simply incoherent. The two of them are themselves celebrity political advocates - but they are, in fact, deeply stupid, underinformed celebrity political advocates. A fourteen-year-old with a couple hours of CSPAN would have a better knowledge base to work with than these two, who equate stem-cell research with the destruction of third-trimester fetuses and appear to believe that Republicans favor looser restrictions on free speech and marijuana legislation. "Team America" is the inane South Park gimmick writ large - easy targets from "both sides" that will date themselves in six months smacked at with all the precision and intelligence of a kindergarten food fight, animated with a cheap visual style that's intended to serve as one long joke for me to laugh at ("wow, they're puppets!"). This joke got old years ago. (And incidentally, I take the selection of Kim Jong Il as the Obvious Villain Of Choice this time around as a tacit admission that Parker and Stone now realize they were morons for thinking we should've gone to war with Saddam Hussein instead of stopping North Korea two years ago.)

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Does anyone have news on how it did in sneak previews this Satur

    by Mr. Profit

    Did it do poorly?

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Boo hoo

    by ScaryJim

    aww fucking boo hoo fuck you moses . Thats terrible that they didn't write a satire that was fiercely left or right wing . What bastards . Could it be that They have actually hit the nail right on the head that all in all it's pretty fucking pointless when you think about it . Everyone has an agenda , the public are all just pawns. Politics - it's that crazy game where you have to raise your influence over the world by manipulating your public into getting/keeping you in power - do you use fear or do you use compassion? It has the same goal whichever way you think about it . Nice one on them . And hopefully people from every political/religeous/whatever background can all laugh at themselves.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Trey & Matt & a little gi joe

    by geonosis

    Went to the sneak peak. INCREDIBLE!! The crowd loved every second. I loved every second. All I can say is that Trey & Matt have done it again. I'm sure everyone will enjoy the movie. Alright I am going to get somewhat off-topic since I'm not sure if a post i made the other day was too late for everyone to see. So heres what i wrote. It seems to be right on track with Team America, otherwise I wouldnt post about it: "I dont know if anyone else has bumped into this online yet, but someone sent me a link recently to a website called ravenstake.com where they have trailers for a film called "GI JOE: THE EPIC SAGA". I don't know what to make of it at this point, but it looks alot like what Trey and Matt have done with "TEAM AMERICA". The only difference I suppose is that these guys are using action figures. There is even sometype of terrorist theme involved where planes are flying into towers and even a cumshot from one of the joes!! Who knows what these guys are up to, but being an avid action figure collector, they sure caught my interest. This probably sounds like a plant, but whatever. Think what you want, it was on topic and thought I'd share."

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:22 a.m. CST

    what makes a man is it the power in his hand his quest for glory

    by cornstalkwalker

    I can't wait to see this flick.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 12:02 p.m. CST

    celebrities with political opinions

    by Super Person

    I think most people dislike celebrities who spout their personal political opinions almost solely out of jealousy... they have a platform to get their views out, while the rest of us can just spout off in a bar somewhere, or online, and no one will really listen to us anyway...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:56 p.m. CST

    The problem with celebrities...

    by Poacher

    ...isn't that they have opinions. Everyone has them. It's that they see their opinions as more important than anyone else's. Read Sean Penn's memo to Trey and Matt on drudgereport.com and tell me that guy doesn't have an inflated sense of self importance. I'm not sure why people feel the need to defend celebrities. They put their opinions out there, why shouldn't they be satirized? Some of you act like they shouldn't be criticized at all. On second thought, after reading Penn's memo, maybe he could use some help defending himself. "Hip cross-dressers"? Ooh...you cut them deep, I'm sure.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Moviemack & Moses - I gotta disagree and offer this:

    by Russman

    It's a joke. It's silly, childish and immature sometimes (often) but it's a joke. Yes, there's some satire involved too and in some of them there's a message too - and quite often the message is, "pull your head out of your ass, stop taking yourself so serously and look at what really matters." But I loved Team America, haven't laughed that hard since the South Park movie.

  • Yeah Matt and Trey are political and express their opinions. But they don't testify before congress or go on CNN, acting like experts. They express their opinions through satire and say, take it or leave it. They don't get all self important and indignant about it. Big ass difference.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Well

    by FluffyUnbound

    You do realize that every time someone OBJECTS to the use of F.A.G., it makes it funnier - right? Don't you understand? People aren't just laughing at the thing-in-itself. They are laughing at the thing-in-itself PLUS their unarticulated knowledge that you are out there being a tampon about it. Ever notice how pranks are funnier when the victim freaks out, than they are when the victim takes it well? Same principle. Sorry, that's just the way it works.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:53 p.m. CST

    "Anchorman" and "Dodgeball"?

    by memyself

    "Honestly next to Anchorman and Dodgeball this is the funniest movie of the year." You just gave me every reason I needed *not* to see this movie.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Why is it that the people reviewing this movie sound so oppresse

    by memyself

    Seriously, these reviewers are the real pussies around here. They talk like Matt and Trey rode in to "save" them from big bad liberal Hollywood. Did it occur to anyone that Matt and Trey also are celebrities using their bully pulpit to tell you what to think? Hmmm, I think that's called hypocrisy.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Wouldn't the title song of "Lease" be called..."Lease"?

    by minderbinder

    Hence, the title song?

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn

    by Jervis Tetch

    You don't have to be a Bush supporter to hate Sean Penn. Look, Penn is from a wealthy show biz family. He grew up in Malibu with a sense of privilege and became one of those humorless,insufferable types who likes to badmouth Hollywood and pass himself off as "pure." (It's amazing that he ever have the humor to play Spicoli.) He thought that then-wife Madonna and he were big stars when they made the bomb "Shanghai Surprise," and told the press so ("They'll come to see us together." Nobody did). Some years ago, he wrote another one of his famous memos screaming about not getting the use of a private studio jet ("Do you know how awful flying commercial is?") Outside of Spicoli and the lawyer in "Carlito's Way," his work is pretty much the same: method overacting. Robbins was way better than him in the overrated "Mystic River." When Penn does "deign" to write and direct a movie, you get the obvious method dreariness of "The Pledge" or "The Crossing Guard" (Nicholson works with Penn cuz he thinks its hip to do so.) No box office, no Oscar nominations for those two. And his memo to Trey and Matt is classic Penn: overbearing,haughty, humorless , not really about what it's about. (It's about Penn's famously thin skin.) He dares to hassle them for being "young"?? He's Barbra Streisand with muscles. People like Penn don't help Kerry's cause; they hurt it. That's what Matt and Trey are getting at with the hilarious "Team America."

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Ha ha ha ha ha

    by Hamish

    I ain't giving you no goddam tree fiddy!

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Saw it saturday, the funniest ovie I've seen all year. By far.

    by minderbinder

    First off, save your bitching until after you've seen the movie. Are they hypocritical? Of course. But that doesn't change the fact that the movie is fucking hilarious. I can't wait to hear the reactions to this movie. Here's my prediction: this movie will be loved and hated by both sides, who will claim that it supports or offends their side. It's a cinematic personality test, what you see comes more from your own mind than the movie itself. And people keep insisting that the hollywood stars shown in the movie will be pissed. I doubt it, I think many will laugh (especially matt damon), and some probably would have happily supplied their voices if asked. Did Penn really complain? I can't find it on drudge. Don't forget, the Bush administration has already made their objection to this movie public...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Sounds like this is going to suck

    by ejcarter9

    Haha. Just joking. I worship at Matt and Trey's feet (for less than minimum wage, I might add.)

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:47 p.m. CST

    I Saw This Last Saturday.

    by RedFive

    It is funny as sh*t,the sex scene is full on Action Figure Porno. The theme song "TEAM AMERICA...FUCK YEAH" is stuff of legend.Ive been singing it ever sinse I saw the damn thing. So it is what it is,a puppett movie with cussing,sh*t being blown up every 10 minutes and a sex scene that you'll wnat to see over and over again,and not too get off on,its just so funny.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Team America, FUCK YEAH!

    by Veraxus

    Went to one of the Saturday previews myself. All the claims are true, this is the best movie so far this year. Hands down. Period. I laughed so hard I almost puked. "He's so dedicated he was willing to put another man's cock into his mouth."

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Another review

    by Robert Evans

    http://www.livejournal.com/users/soccer_mom56 The LJ that Frank Darabont reads and writes in.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn's ridiculous letter

    by MooYork

    Hey all you who think Sean Penn's nasty gram to the duo is the greatest thing for democracy since the fall of the soviet empire - it was in response not to the movie, but to a Page Six bit about Matt and Trey disagreeing with the P Diddy Runs the City Rocks the Vote or Die campaign. Their stance was essentially "if you don't know what the heck is going on, don't place an uneducated vote"...this was the exact same stance Andy Rooney took on 60 Minutes a couple weeks back. How many of you complaining about Team America (which you haven't seen either) actually saw Andy Rooney's piece? More importantly, why doesn't Sean Penn threaten to take the old man around Baghdad, maybe Geraldo will come too

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Andy Rooney/60 Minutes link for Sean Penn and his followers

    by MooYork

    Sean Penn, terrorize this: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/09/23/60minutes/rooney/main645197.shtml

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7 p.m. CST

    Can not wait! Will I see another standing applause?

    by Audets70

    I crap you not, when I saw South Park Movie on opening night, I had never laughed that hard in my entire life. The Kyle's Moms a Bitch number got a standing ovation I swear. It was so loud with laugter, I had to see it again just to hear all the jokes I missed. It sounds like this movie will follow in that trend. I hope I can see it Friday, as Saturday Im going to see Michael Moore rant about how bad we all know W sucks!!!! RIP Chris Reeve, you were a childhood fav!

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:08 p.m. CST

    If I may add two words....

    by Russman

    Matt Damon

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9 p.m. CST

    Doesn't sound even-handed at all

    by cryptochrome

    I gotta say that for all the talk about Team America being an equal opportunity offender, it sure doesn't sound like it. From what I've heard the specific bashing of real people is confined exclusively to left wingers. And the non-specific bashing of right wingers sounds like the sort of thing the right wing would fail to even recognize as a shortcoming. I've heard more than one person advocate nuking france/china/north korea/the entire islamic world/evildoer-or-enemy-of-america-or-freedom-du-jour in all seriousness. The unconstrained destruction an arrogance claimed as a rip on the right wing would sound perfectly good to them. Surely M&T could have taken the time to pick a few shots at right wing screamers like O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Scarborough, or Coulter? Granted their main target is the entertainment industry rather than the media or politicians (and don't get me wrong, Bruckheimer will deserve everything he gets and more), but there are a number of right wing targets there too - such as Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

  • I mean honestly. Have the extreme leftists forgotten the fact that this movie pokes fun at the far right as well? Why do you feel that it's ok to make fun of the right wing, but it's not ok to make fun of the left wing? This double standard just makes you look uptight. I for one will see this movie, will probably love it, and will probably recommend it to my friends regardless of their ideaology. If you can't put your opinions aside for a movie, then you don't deserve to watch it, plain and simple.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Hey cryptochrome

    by MooYork

    Did you not understand "Blame Canada" either? That song clearly made fun of Americans, not Canadians, and anyone who could not figure that out has two problems 1) No sense of humor and 2) No ability to read between the lines... Do you need everything spelled out in fart and pee jokes and shooting up celebrities (half of which they are on good terms with), and are you really blind to the bigger picture when the sphynx topples?!?!!!! Cripes they're libertarians to boot...All I can say is I'd like to see your head explode trying to figure out The Aristocrats

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:39 p.m. CST

    F.Y. Moses

    by bunkyboo

    I find it ironic (as well as moronic) that someone as arrogant, high horsed, worldly, stiff and judgemental as you would use an ID that spews filth on one of the truly greatest and most Godly human beings that walked this earth. May you reap what you sow, pigeater.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Matt & Trey

    by WoodyStiffer

    I love their stuff on Southpark. But... what is their beef with politically active celebs? Maybe Matt & Trey could take a page out of Tim Robbins and Alec Baldwin's book and get off their asses and be politically active themselves. It's a courageous act to take. It's not easy to be in a public position (where your future income depends upon your "likeability") and have the balls to take a stance on a political issue. It's much easier to keep your mouth shut, collect your paycheck, not offend anyone, and just continue to make films/tv shows. Thumbs down to Trey and Matt for that idiotic stance.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:26 p.m. CST

    FUCKTARD RIGHT WINGERS

    by WoodyStiffer

    For all of your deluded right wingers who will talk about celebs in politics as left-leaning liberals... Yes, the majority of actors are liberal (higher IQ maybe?), but there are a number of celebs who campaign for the right as well: take Colin Quinn, Dennis Miller and Arnold Schwarzenegger for instance. As my previous post referenced... taking a political stance as a celebrity is a bold and courageous choice, no matter your ideology. Their livelihood is all about being popular with the general public. That's why Matt and Trey's parodying of these individuals is weird. Those two seemingly don't have the balls to make a difference, outside of their show, so they poke fun at others who have the courage to do so. Like I said before, it's just plain weird...

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 12:27 a.m. CST

    i've always thought it very ironic that sean penn and alec baldw

    by Toe Jam

    when, if numerous accounts are to be believed, they are actually two of the most sinister, cruel and even violent celebrities out there. it's pretty well documented that sean penn has a violent streak. madonna claimed he once tied her to a chair for several hours and then raped her (this is while they were married, natch). he also has applied to carry a concealed weapon in california. and let's not even get into the numerous run-ins with paparazzi, a few of which have ended with broken noses. as for alec baldwin, the less pleasant details that came out in the courtroom during his divorce from kim basinger can only lead one to the conclusion that he is a wife-beating, emotionally abusive sicko. what is my point? i don't have one. i'm a dyed-in-the-wool fucking liberal and i fucking loved this movie! some other talkbackers have pointed out that this movie only bashes the left but to think that is to miss the whole point of the movie. team america itself was the metaphor for the right and i dare say both sides were equally mocked in team america. both team america and f.a.g. were merely assigned "sides" for the purpose of the movie.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 3 a.m. CST

    republicanfilms.com

    by inthetrenches

    very cool! check this out: http://www.republicanfilms.com

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 3:58 a.m. CST

    michael moore worked with trey/matt

    by Ikaruga

    just a reminder, michael moore worked with trey/matt for Bowling for Columbine. They provided some commentary that supported Moore's premise, and also did the South Park-style animation sequence, I believe. I think the guy who sarcastically wrote about "sacred cows" is probably right though. If these guys are really libertarians, it makes perfect sense. I think 70% of white americans are Republican, and 90% of the wealth in America is in white america's hands. So it's best not to really criticise "them" on a fundamental level, so you can keep profits coming in. A libertarian is all about the bottom line. Make fun of other groups and you'll be OK. It's not like white Republicans are going to boycott their stuff on behalf of anyone but themselves. maybe it's like what Sideshow Bob said in the Simpsons: "Your guilty conscience forces you to vote liberal, but deep down inside you want a cold-hearted Republican to lower taxes, brutalise criminals, and rule you like a KING!"

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 8:25 a.m. CST

    So why did they throw in Liv Tyler, Helen Hunt, Sam Jax etc?

    by minderbinder

    I can see Sheen and company, but some of the celebs they threw in I don't get. Do they make political statements, or did Trey & Matt just run out of celebrities? And my one real complaint about the movie is that they did a shitty job with the celebrity voices, not to mention that it's LESS funny when the two of them try and do every voice in a movie. They are fine for one or two, but the stuff with other voice actors like Spottswoode was WAY funnier.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Actually Matt&Trey going to Iraq is a good idea

    by Mars1

    Yep, send them over there...give them hand puppets, a phrase book and a let them loose on Sadir City. Then when evrybody is on the ground laughing their a** off....

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Hey moviemack

    by J-Dizzle

    Just what exactly was wrong with that quote? (Besides the fact that you didn't like it)

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 10:31 p.m. CST

    puppet sex

    by jules durden

    the puppet sex would be a retarted reason to rate this NC-17

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 11:18 p.m. CST

    talk about a conundrum.

    by Dr Farragammo

    first off I love Matt & Trey. Everything they do is fucking hilarious. For me personally it doesn' t get any better than Cannibal The Musical. I'm looking forward to this film immensely. But like many of you I'm annoyed as hell by this don't vote if you don't know bullshit. You should encourage people TO know, not generate apathy. Personally I think their trying to get both sets of asses in the seats and a lame line like that is their excuse. Sure they can do the celebrity satire thing and I'm fine with that, NO one should take themselves too seriously. But I think Matt & Trey might be doing a little flipflopping of their own. Matt was in Bowling for Columbine, so did he have a negative experience with Moore? He certainly never mentioned it. The thing a lot of people don't get about Moore is he DOES have a sense of humor, otherwise his films would be dull and die at the box office. But somebody like Madonna certainly annoys even my liberal hackles. Bottom line: matt & trey can make fun of celebs for their views, but Penn has an equal right to call them out for being apathetic and ultimately copping out on weighing in on this years election. People call penn humorless but any guy when asked what he wants to see when he gets to heaven, answers " 2 hookers and an 8 ball" seems like a pretty funny guy to me. I just wish matt and trey would be more like bob and dave , but I'm not giving up on them just yet. Another weird thing. Remember the michael jackson episode of South park? When they were talking about OJ being framed? OJ?!!? That's not the same Matt & Trey I remember. They use to tear that guy (and rightfully so) a new asshole. I just found that fucking weird.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 6:06 a.m. CST

    "Hi, I once decided it was a good idea to marry Madonna...

    by stlfilmwire

    ... therefore, you need to respect my mind."

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Team American doesn't take sides! Shush up!

    by stlfilmwire

    These people hear about Penn and Sarandon being made fun of, and they automatically assume Trey and Matt are angry Republicans. Some of you have brains so small you can't seem to understand that there are people out there in the world that can disagree with both Democrats and Republicans. Remember, Trey and Matt even appeared in Bowling for Columbine. Real people don't take sides. A real person doesn't have a political agenda. They have kids, their country, and cans of Spaghetti O's and pork and beans in their kitchen cabinets.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Parker/Stone are not libertarians

    by Fuck You Moses

    Libertarians tend to be anti-war, and vitriolically anti-Iraq War in particular. The entire notion of a massive, government-funded project to preventively invade another country and forcibly change its governmental structure - to export democracy, essentially - is as anti-libertarian as you can get. What George Bush has done domestically in this country - between his budget, his Medicare bill, his unchecked expansion of the federal government, and the PATRIOT Act - has been a libertarian nightmare. Anyone who's been payng attention to libertarians for the last four years should know that they're far, far more pissed off at the Bush administration than the Left is right now. ****** Parker and Stone are pseudo-populists. Everyone they mock are obvious targets, long-ridiculed by many, if not most, Americans: liberal Hollywood activists, gays, rednecks, asians, dictators, environmental activists, anti-corporate activists, etc. A couple things are notable here: one is that Parker and Stone are very careful never to actually mock an actual idea - only its proponents. For example, they mock environmental activists, but not the idea of drinking clean water. There's a reason for this: Americans actually are very, very fond of the idea of drinking clean water. We don't want our kids drinking arsenic. But we've developed a lazy stereotype of the supporters of the Clean Water Act as being irritating college kids and old hippies. Parker and Stone pick up on this and use it to score some cheap, ideologically-free points. In general, this allows Parker and Stone to come off with a reputation for appearing "fearless" while in fact all they're doing it taking pot shots at targets any drunk in a bar complains about anyway, and with about as much nuance. I need "fearless satire" to tell me that Kim Jong Il is a bad bad man? **** There's a substantive critique of the movie's enjoyability here, which is this: if I go to see Team America, I'm going to see a movie which will date itself within a couple months (just like any South Park episode tends to do in a matter of weeks). For an article of humor to justify that level of immediacy, it has to be a particularly striking commentary on the present. It has to be good satire - not an insipid pander to the broadest possible base.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 3:13 p.m. CST

    So...they can't be libertarians because libertarians oppose the

    by minderbinder

    I don't get your point.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 3:51 p.m. CST

    You gotta remember...

    by ScullyToo

    From everything I have read about Parker and Stone, some of their targets are people or institutions that they have a personal beef with. "South Park:BLU"? MPAA, over the rating of "Orgazmo". Cartman's mom? Named after a woman that Trey was engaged to who cheated on him, so now every woman named Lianne (or in "Cannibal: The Musical", the horse) is a "slut". Michael Moore? Stone had a beef in regards to the interview he did with him because right after the interview they had the little "NRA/KKK Connection" cartoon, and people assumed that they were responsible for it because of where they put it in the movie. So some of their humor comes from genuine grievances they have with some of their targets.

  • Oct. 14, 2004, 12:22 a.m. CST

    On the Other Hand...

    by Jervis Tetch

    It is kinda funny how upset some from the left are getting about the "evil celebrities" in "Team America," because you could say that the satire is pretty much against THEIR political enemies on the right. Here you've got the celebs openly linking with Kim and creating a visual representation of the infamous "actors are a bunch of Communists" canard. It looks ridiculous. Whatever beefs we may have with Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin (who can be funny as hell), I don't think most of us think they're really Commies. So Trey and Matt are making fun of those who THINK that "actors are a bunch of Communists." I think the best way to look at "Team America" is as Matt/Trey put it: "We just wanted to fuck up a bunch of puppets. Just fuck them up bad." They certainly do. That, plus the sex, plus the superb vomiting scene, plus the "proof of loyalty" to Spottiswode (love the strings just hanging in mid-air during "the act"), plus the "kung fu" fight in the opening Paris sequence, plus Lisa trying -- but failing -- to reach the puppet heart of her beloved -- is the funny stuff and what the movie's about, IMHO. P.S. What's this about Jack Nicholson refusing to shake Alec Baldwin's hand when they met at a restaurant? Could it be that Jack was considering Alec's treatment of Jack's "Batman" co-star, Kim Basinger?

  • Oct. 14, 2004, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Well said Jervis!

    by DoctorWho?

    It doesn't matter if you think conservative or liberal...Sean Penn is just a dick.if he lived next door to you, you would consider him your "asshole neighbor".

  • Oct. 15, 2004, 2:09 a.m. CST

    User_Id

    by WoodyStiffer

    Good call dipshit. Sean Penn doesn't give a shit about the common man... he's going against Bush because... he wants to be rich... oh wait... um, well... Uh... I guess you'll have to inform me about your creative reason why he's not fighting for the majority. Good luck in finding that reason moron.

  • Oct. 15, 2004, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Ebert only gave it ONE star

    by KangarooGreg

    But we knew that would happen before he even wrote it, didn't we? Can't go making fun of his beloved liberal Hollywood! Way to toe the party line, Roger!

  • Oct. 15, 2004, 9:13 p.m. CST

    I give it three out of four stars. Maybe a little less, maybe 7

    by FluffyUnbound

    It's not as good as South Park: BLU, but then no comedy or musical since 1980 is as good as South Park: BLU. There are several individual moments that are hysterical, and you can DEFINITELY get a lot of satisfaction out of playing "guess the movie reference" [OK, in what movie does the line "It's basically like all the worst parts of the Bible" occur? And was it my imagination, or when Gary got depressed, did he go to the diner/bar from Superman II?] but there is also some material where the delivery just didn't work. The guy reading the I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. computer's lines was completely awkward and his stuff didn't work, for example. And the songs aren't as good as in BLU, with the possible exception of "Montage" and "You're Worthress, Arec Bardwin" which plays at the end of the credits. All in all, the film is not the second coming, but it's certainly funnier than any of that "American Pie" type shit, or whatever Jim Carrey is wasting our time with this year.

  • Oct. 15, 2004, 10:38 p.m. CST

    By the way, I don't see how it can be claimed that this movie do

    by FluffyUnbound

    The reviews all say that all sides take a beating, and I just don't think that's true. The Team America characters are mocked in a fairly good-natured way, but they all learn their lesson in the end, and all their conflicts are neatly and positively resolved. The members of F.A.G. are annihilated. Literally. It's difficult for me to see how anyone could think that a side hasn't been chosen here. And by the way, Ebert's review most certainly IS the result of his growing humorlessness. Since old Rog came back from cancer that last time he seems to be on a one-crotchety-man crusade against "nihilism". His sentimentalism grows by the day. He falls all over himself to praise crap like "The Notebook" probably because when you spend your day staring at your own mortality you just can't resist that old "looking back at life" moonshine. Given Mr. Ebert's screenwriting credits he really shouldn't be casting stones about anyone else's work being devoid of ennobling social values.

  • Oct. 15, 2004, 10:47 p.m. CST

    I love south park, BUT>....

    by Audets70

    This movie stunk! A c- at best. There was like 5 or 6 jokes in there, the rest was swearing and jokes about blowjobs and stupid ass humor that has been done to death on SP. The actors the bashed, fine and all, but it wasnt funny...at all! Maybe Matt Damon saying his own name gave me a chuckle, but the next 3 times.........not funny anymore. Seeing puppets get masacred not funny, as theyre just.....puppets? The songs werent that funny, and after being played over and over---lost their appeal. I still dont see how you can Bash everyone in a movie about a terrorism, and not even mention W 'jackass' Bush. How can you not bash the dumbest man in the USA??? Overall, do not see this flick! Waste of time. Im sure the 4 other people in the lonely theatre would agree, as they laughed LESS than me!

  • Oct. 15, 2004, 11:07 p.m. CST

    As Usual

    by monkeyboyjunior

    Even though Trey and Matt have taken great pains to point out fallibility and stupidity on both sides of the political fence in this movie it is, as usual, the liberals of the world who can't take a joke. This is why, though I often disagree with conseravtives, I could never, ever be a liberal. They are the very worst sort of Orwellian thought police...defiance is not tolerated. The liberal response to this movie will be another example of the liberal notion of 'tolerance.'

  • Oct. 16, 2004, 1:49 a.m. CST

    A+++

    by Moore_and_Harry

    Very funny movie. Crowd laughed, snickered and then cheered when F.A.G. members got what they had coming. I thought the tiger (kitten) attack was very funny with our marionettes heroes shaking in the corner...

  • Oct. 16, 2004, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Does anyone think,..........

    by Audets70

    Does anyone really think its funny to call someone a FAG anymore? I swear, no one in my theatre laughed at it, then they went and tried to rehash it like 10 more times. I swear..........Matt, Trey, Eminem are like the only adults that find that funny anymore.......I mean, I remember when I was 8 calling kids that, but Ive grown up since then Id think. And whats up with this, if you're liberal, you cant take a joke? The movie WAS NOT THAT FUNNY! It doesnt matter what side you are on. Im an independent and I thought the jokes mainly fell flat. It was like watching a movie made by 9 year olds, who think dirty cuss words and kiddie humor is the funniest thing ever. Plus a lot of the plot made NO sense, and all the celebs werent even used for that great of a cause. Half those celebs arent even the political whiners that the movie makes you think. Hunt, hawke, Damon, Tyler, Jackson.........I couldnt even tell you what party they side on(although if Matt&Trey are against them, they must be libs). The only one that sounded like him was Bladwin and none of them were funny. Only thing that made me laugh of all the celebs was Matt Damon saying his own name like a retarded child, the first time. The next 3 times it was stupid. ANd I know they hold a grudge against Michael Moore, but they could have parodied him better...........but like any dumb Bush backer, they resorted to fat jokes! This was not the funniest movie of the year and Im so let down that this site made this movie to be the next coming and it stunk. But then again, you all hyped up the bomb that was Sky Captain as well.......so I should learn my lesson. Also, Team America--------lets just say the trailer for Spongebob got a bigger laugh! Thats a bad sign in my book.

  • Oct. 16, 2004, 9:52 a.m. CST

    I'm a hardcore liberal, and I loved it.

    by minderbinder

    And why wouldn't I? The movie is hilarious and doesn't say anything that changes my point of view. The movie doesn't bash liberals, it bashes blowhard hollywood actors. And despite Penn's reaction (although his letter was supposedly written in reaction to a different subject), I wouldn't be surprised if most of the celebrities just laugh at the movie. After all, it doesn't really make any specific criticisms of them, mostly just calls them "fags" and pompous blowhards. I've been saying this since before the movie came out, people on both sides will interpret the movie however they want. Sure, the movie bashes the hollywood peaceniks, but you're on crack if you think the movie is patriotic or pro america. (I'll bet the movie does well overseas, since foreign audiences will love to see america being made fun of) The movie doesn't take a political side, if it has a point at all (which is debatable), I'd argue that it's against political extremism in either direction, specifically the oversimplication of issues into absolutes and sound bytes.

  • Oct. 16, 2004, 11:15 a.m. CST

    equal opportunities bashers?

    by Palmer Eldritch

    Seems to me this one is carefully set up to look like it's bashing everyone equally, but it doesn't bear much scrutiny. While political celebs are a fair target for satire the old one of anti war celebs are pro-dictators it a rather old and dull piece of slander directed at some real individuals, the target on the prowar right are a fictitious bunch, and the target seems to be Bruckheimer/Silver rather than Bush/Cheney or even Miller/O'Reilly. Plus, the charge against Team America is that they try to kill the terrorists yet destroy innocent bystanders and lay waste to a whole city (any Adam Warren could probably sue for infringement) but when theose innocent bystanders are French, and what we see is the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower getting totalled, I see Republican Hawks getting another free smile rather than feeling like they've been called. Why not stage that sequence in Sydney, London or (if Parker and Stone really had the balls) Madrid?

  • Oct. 16, 2004, 12:51 p.m. CST

    this film is good, not great

    by Rupee88

    Sure a lot of dumb teenagers and adults with low IQs will laugh at every joke, but for those who are more intelligent, this is only an above average film. I give it major points for being so different though and there a couple of very funny moments. Much of it was moderately clever but not particularly funny.

  • Oct. 16, 2004, 3:19 p.m. CST

    "Anyone who believes going to war in Iraq and deposing Sadaam Hu

    by minderbinder

    Just shows how little you've been paying attention, it's not Kerry's position that we should have left Hussein in power. He just thinks Bush did it in a shitty manner, he rushed in with no exit strategy. Which he did. And it's funny that you mention Iran and North Korea. To be honest, I agree with you, it was stupid to go after Iraq and ignore the other two. But that's Kerry's position as well, I guess you didn't watch the debates? Bush is the one who has let Iran and North Korea get more dangerous over the last four years, if you agree that he fucked up and something should have been done, why would you possibly vote for him? You're just not making any sense.

  • Oct. 16, 2004, 7:36 p.m. CST

    DRUDGE REPORT IS IDIOTIC TODAY - "TERROR PUPPET SHOW TOPPED BY S

    by NotchJohnson

    Matt Drudge can't do enough shilling for his GOP friends. Today, his headline is "TERROR PUPPET SHOW TOPPED BY SHARKS"......"Shark Tale" beat "Team America" at the box office Friday.......Drudge apparently can't read PER SCREEN AVERAGE FIGURES that well.....if he bothers to look again, he'll see that "Shark Tale" is about $1,400 per screen, and "Team America" is about $1,800 per screen. Also, factor in that family-friendly films do better *all day* on Fridays (early and matinee shows favor kids), and that the "hard R" for "Team America" automatically means less box office opportunity than other films. (Yes, "Matrix Reloaded" was an exception for the R rating....look at "Matrix Revolutions" to prove that)

  • Oct. 16, 2004, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I have to agree with Rupee88...clever, not funny

    by 9000rpm

    I thought it was going to be a lot funnier than it turned out to be. I respect its cleverness and 'look' but I've been recommending to people all day that it's probably a good rental. BTW: the liberal Hollywood loonies needed a lot more viscious skewering, too.

  • Oct. 17, 2004, 12:39 a.m. CST

    TEAM AMERICA TURNS TIDE FOR BUSH

    by Moore_and_Harry

    Bush hits, Kerry Slips http://www.realclearpolitics.com/Presidential_04/chart3way.html

  • Oct. 17, 2004, 3:53 p.m. CST

    NotchJohnson

    by Palmer Eldritch

    Per screen averages are one thing that shows if a small limited movieis doing well (for example a foreign film in selected cities) if they have a high per screen average it offsets an apparently low BO, the currentl winner on PSA winner is Motor Cycle Diaries, wqhich is at the tail end of it's run. If a film has a release of anything wider that 1000 screens, then PSAs mean less because it emans everyone in any given town over a certain size is guaranteedto be able to find a seat. Actually, buy sunday, Shall We Dance is beating TA:WP on PSA, not surprising as it is on fewer screens. Probably TA:WP numbers ARE distorted by kids under 17 buying tickets for SharkTale and sneaking in, but I can't believe it accounts totally for the drubbing it's taking at the box office at the hands of a three week old movie AND a two week old Sport movie I'd never heard of before this week. If the budget really was 32 million, then we're looking at flopperoo territory here. Its two biggest audiences are under 17 year olds who at the very least can't PAY to see the movie, and Middle American pro war conservatives who probably get turned off by the silliness of it and the purported sex, violence and swearing.

  • Oct. 17, 2004, 5:39 p.m. CST

    by WayOutWest

    Funny that TA's opening is 'disappointing' but Shall We Dance opens lower, costs more, and has much lower DVD potential, but its opening is 'solid': http://movies.yahoo.com/movies/feature/weekendboxofficer.html I'm sure some will say that the expectations were higher for TA - but I still think Yahoo! is showing the left lean. This is a very funny movie - with some slow points. And as far as the fun being poked at the Hollywood celebs - totally justifiied. If Sean Penn and his ilk gave 90% of their wealth away then I'd have some respect for them. But they want the taxpayers to fund programs to alleviate their guilt. Sorry, no thanks.

  • Oct. 17, 2004, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Trey and Matt just shit all over everything...

    by Batutta

    ...I guess that makes them assholes, huh?...As political satire I thought Team America was broad and obvious, but as a saitre on Hollywood action movies, it was brilliant. I haven't laughed as hard at anything as i did when Team America was attcked by Kim Jong Il's his "panthers".

  • Oct. 17, 2004, 7:55 p.m. CST

    This movie's hilarious

    by coen_fan

    Sure, this is a tasteless movie, but then again, so is Blazing Saddles, and everyone thinks that's a classic. And you've gotta admit, that big speech at the end with dicks, assholes and pussies is very clever. Immature, sure, but still clever.

  • Oct. 17, 2004, 10:21 p.m. CST

    TEAM TERROR caught in voter 2004 FRAUD

    by Moore_and_Harry

    TEAM AMERICA Jr. Team Member "MATT D" saves the day: http://www.drudgereport.com/dnc47.htm

  • Oct. 18, 2004, 1:23 a.m. CST

    lackluster boxoffice = backlash??

    by Dr Farragammo

    Well I was DEFNATELY gonna go see Team America until I heard Matt and Trey with their "no vote" quip. So I'll have my friend burn me a dvd of it as my little protest. Weird it opened at # 3 at $12,300,000. in these poltically minded times you think it would have trounced the lame ass competition. Methinks they've pissed off a significant part of their fan base by their dumbass remark. Hey Southpark was perfect for when it came out. I may lean to the left but I HATE PC rhetoric and find it takes the humanity out of speech and renders passion and ideals in a limpdick fashion. I LOVE Cannibal The Musical. And I'm sure this film is worth a chuckle or too. But it seems like they're being duplicitous about being even handedly dismissive in their film and it's hurting them in the wallet. See what makes satire funny is picking on the people in power. In the 90's we had our way so we got ridiculed and that's fine. but now that it's the other waythe satire meter should read accordingly. But I'm not judging it until I see it (unlike the majority of Michael Moore bashers). but I am judging matt and trey on being irresponsible and ill timed.

  • Oct. 18, 2004, 2:24 a.m. CST

    deeply disappointed

    by fatzombie

    I'm a big South Park fan(although I completely agree with an earlier poster that they completely pussed out with that boo-hoo poor Michael Jackson and O.J. episode) but i thought this movie sucked. Most of it is just a really shitty cliche action movie which the fact that it's done with puppets does not excuse. The novelty wears off real fast. Do a horribly cliche action movie moment with puppets once or twice and it's kind of funny but they crammed the whole movie with them. It was like they didn't want to expend any creative energy on writing anything funny so they just said "Do Top Gun shit and since it's puppets it'll be funny enough now excuse me while I go rollin dough." And puppets swearing is kind of funny at first but in a complete void of decent dialogue it loses all effect. Also, dragging all your own personal baggage and grudges into your movies can get seriously off-putting to audiences. Just ask Spike Lee. There are a couple of funny moments but really for the most part this film commits the ultimate movie sin of not being very funny. The songs only would have made it as B-sides on a weird Al album. As for the politics I did start to get that gnawing feeling in my gut like when I first realized that Dennis Miller had gone to the dark side to salvage his career. There's always a point to a joke and to weakly dismiss the politics of the movie as such while skewering Mel Gibson for his latant opinions on Jews in the Passion is a big old can of do as I say not what I do. And anyway who gives a shit. I'm voting for Bush. Listen to the people around you. You think there's any hope for mankind? I say flush it down! Bush '04!

  • Oct. 18, 2004, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Inside scoop

    by fatzombie

    Saying don't vote is a right wing tactic. Republicans always vote no matter what. Conservatives espouse the same message to encourage young(therefore generally more liberal)voters from registering. This along with the seemingly sympathetic portrait of right-wing policies in Team America have made people wonder. The fact is when Mat and Tre did "That's My Bush" in 2000 and tarred and feathered the whole Bush family they pissed off people in power. They were kidnapped in black vans and had a car battery hooked up to their nuts. Then they were reprogrammed like in Manchurian Candidate. Why do you think they were on Leno in the same show as Dennis Miller? They rode together in the same bulletproof SUV with micro chips in their brains. Soon we'll all have em. FREEDOM IS ON THE MARCH!

  • Oct. 18, 2004, 11:59 a.m. CST

    People are misreading this film.

    by Batutta

    The majority of people here think the movie is unbalanced in its depcition of the left, specifically left-wing celebrities, and I think it's because the attacks it levels at them are loud, out front and obvious, while it's satire of the war on terror and mindless, patriotic action movies is played straight, and therefore less easy to notice. But it was intended as satire. I mean, you can't think they were serious when they wrote "America, Fuck Yeah!". I think this films is like a political rorshack test. The right sees a rousing action film that gleefelly skewers the left. The left sees a jingoistic, unbalanced hate fest. People in the middle, who think both sides are a little nutty, see it for the deliriously funny spoof of action films and our current political climate. Consider me somewhere in the middle.

  • Oct. 18, 2004, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Not a Hit, But....

    by Jervis Tetch

    Seems like much ado about nothing now that Weekend One has yielded such a fairly minor opening gross. Remains to be seen if the movie will drop off altogether or "build and hold" week-to-week cult fans. Maybe the weak opening is because liberals boycotted, but the film was rated "R," and a hard-R at that. No child/preteen/early teen audiences. Few people over 25 probably cared about it and conservatives who might have cheered the liberal-bashing would not be liking the sex, language, and violence. That leaves a pretty shallow pool of ticket buyers. What this really ends up looking like is yet another Paramount underachiever. That studio needs to make some changes.

  • Oct. 18, 2004, 5:51 p.m. CST

    rottenapplehead, battuta

    by Dr Farragammo

    I don't have a problem giving both sides a good ribbing but I have a BIG problem saying don't vote if you don't know the issues when you should be saying Learn what the issues are and go out and vote for who you think represents the values closest to yours. That just pissed me off royally. I get supremely annoyed by anybody that encourages apathy, whether it's matt or trey, or my friend who says whoever wins, we lose. hell we don't have 2 great choices but until more people vote we'll never get the ones that we feel truly represent us (pick your partisan bottle or insert your mixed agenda here) hey rottenapplehead I was the one that mentioned the OJ/Jackson episode. I just thought that was was some severe back peddling on their part. Like your line about Dennis Miller turning to the dark side. So I'm assuming there's mucho satire in your vote bush quip. At least I hope!;-) however I just want to see it for the puppetry. I grew up on the thunderbirds/captain scarlet/stingray creations of Gerry Anderson and love the creepy energy they pulled off, and always dug those little miniature sets with all the extra details.. Did that live action version of Thunderbirds ever come out?? That looked like the biggest piece of shit I've seen in ages. It wasn't the story that made Thunderbirds cool it was the puppets! What a waste of Ben Kingsley.

  • Oct. 18, 2004, 5:58 p.m. CST

    TEAM TERROR caught in MOORE voter FRAUD

    by Moore_and_Harry

    Today A Team Terror member was caught "RED" handed in OHIO voter registration fraud. "The Paid me in CRACK COCAINE to register voters" ::: http://www.drudgereport.com/flash3.htm