Ever on the lookout for new ways to offend, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone turned their scabrous talents to crafting a mind-bogglingly vulgar action-picture parody, cast entirely with 2-foot-tall marionettes designed to recall the herky-jerky, straight-arrow stars of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Thunderbirds TV series and feature films. The result is undeniably offensive and occasionally very funny, but the gags fall flat as often as they hit their mark. Based in their not-so-secret headquarters deep within Mount Rushmore, Team America is always at the ready, honor-bound to fight terrorism and protect truth, justice and the American way. Joe (voice of Parker), Chris (Stone), Sarah (Masasa) and Lisa (Kristen Miller) lose teammate Carson while battling terrorists in Paris (demolishing both the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre in the process), so their fearless leader, Mr. Spottswoode (Daran Norris), recruits Broadway actor Gary Johnston (also Parker) from the smash musical "Lease" to take his place. Unfortunately, Gary's presence disrupts the team's delicate chemistry and his first mission, infiltrating the terrorist underground in Egypt, is an unqualified disaster that sparks a devastating attack on the Panama Canal. Gary leaves the team and sinks into a morass of despair, while Spottswoode dispatches the others on an ill-fated mission to stop North Korean president Kim Jong II (Parker again), the evil mastermind who's about to launch a worldwide assault on civilization. Can Gary get his act together and make things right, or is the world as we know it doomed? Parker and Stone never pass up an opportunity to get a horrified laugh, whether they're voicing Kim Jong II as a cross between a stereotypical Chinese waiter and South Park's Cartman, taking rude jabs at activist actors Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Samuel L. Jackson, Helen Hunt and, especially, Alec Baldwin — all members of the Film Actor's Guild... you know, F.A.G. — or staging a marionette kama sutra sequence that nearly earned the film an NC-17 rating. Some of their satirical conceits are right on target, including the rousing theme song "America, F--- Yeah!" and sequences in which U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix meets his demise in a shark tank and Joe and Sarah are thrown to Kim Jong II's vicious panthers — actually a pair of pussycats. Others too numerous to list are just juvenile in the grossest possible way.
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- Released: 2004
- Rating: R
- Review: Ever on the lookout for new ways to offend, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone turned their scabrous talents to crafting a mind-bogglingly vulgar action-picture parody, cast entirely with 2-foot-tall marionettes designed to recall the herky-jer… (more)