|Team America DVD, 2005,Uncensored/Unrated Special Collector's Edition|
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From the makers of South Park ~ Matt Stone & Trey Parker. Parker and Stone tell the story of a small group of heroic figures who span the globe protecting democracy and freedom against terrorism. Along the way, they destroy such famous international landmarks as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Sphinx in Egypt, and the Panama Canal. Meanwhile they are developing close relationships that lead from love to jealousy, and finally betrayal. Their primary mission is to stop North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's peace conference, which is a ruse to allow him to attack the rest of the world with his weapons of mass destruction. Team America must also take on F.A.G., the Film Actors Guild, which is supporting the peace conference, including such participants as Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, George Clooney, and other actors who have spoken out against the war in Iraq. Parker and Stone even blast FAHRENHEIT 9/11 director Michael Moore. Among the very funny/wrong songs in the film are "Everyone Has AIDS" (from the Broadway musical LEASE), "Only a Woman" (about homosexuality), and "I'm So Ronery" (Kim Jong Il's soaring solo). Despite having no actual humans in it, the movie earns its R rating with lots of blood, very adult language, and a steamy puppet sex scene, with almost every perverse sex act imaginable.
“Team America: World Police” is not for the easily offended, anyone who believes terrorism should never be the subject of a joke, people who get freaked out watching plastic actors with their strings visible (most of Hollywood's real plastic actors are pretty good at concealing their strings), any member of the ‘politically correct’ police, people who can’t stand the frequent use of the f-word, and those who can’t handle puppet porn. “Team America” has definitely earned its R/ NC-17 rating. This movie may feature cute little marionettes, but it’s absolutely not meant for kids.
Wrong, evil, offensive & irreverent... but if you can handle it, one of the FUNNIEST "puppet" movies ever!!
If you've read any of my reviews before, you probably know that I am proponent of collecting DVDs that will get reuse - for that reason comedy's tend to play a key role in my collection because, for some reason, I get good usage out of comedies (perhaps because I don't need to watch from start to finish each time?). Team America is a definitely collection adder because it has great re-watch-ability - in fact, its funnier the 2nd and 3rd time around.
Team America was created and written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone - now I've never been a Southpark fan, but this is fantastically funny stuff. Parker and Stone leave nothing unturned (pardon the pun) - whether its celebrities, politicians, religion, current events, etc - they poke fun at it. And usually in a hysterical, raunchy way. Besides the creators, the actors are a cast of string puppets which move so awkwardly that you cant help but laugh.
* The puppets in general - the herky-jerky motions and awkward movements are hilarious - making simple acts like walking and 'love-making' quite funny.
* The music and soundtrack are fantastic - from ballads about how terrible Ben Affleck and Pearl Harbor are to "Freedom isn't Free"... you'll be laughing
* A raunchy scene involving marionette sex
Buy. Watch. Laugh. But be warned - its not for those easily offended or grossed out!
If you're looking for highbrow cork-sniffing humor, just hit the back button right now. If coarse language offends you even in the slightest, then forget you ever heard about this movie and look for something with little kids and unicorns or flying ponies in it. This is a send up of Saturday morning action cartoons and also a great spoof of the entire Action Film genre. It is done by the same guys who do South Park as well as the SP movie so if you're into that, you'll crap yourself laughing at this.
The puppet-sex scene is so funny you'll probably be like me and have to pause it so you can catch your breath from laughing so hard. Boy, those puppets are really enthusiastic!!! I didn't expect this move to be this funny, but everything from the story line to the way things are filmed, sometimes WAY out of scale with the puppets makes it particularly hilarious. There are a lot of politically incorrect lines and situations so if you're som PC twit, you're really gonna hate this. And watch out for the giant man-eating panthers! LOL
I saw this movie on-demand (cable) before I bought it and just had to have a copy for when adults are over and want some really funny raunchy humor. I wish I'd seen it in theaters on a 40 foot screen and that says a lot because I'm really cheap on going to the movies.
If you can laugh at irony, aren't prim about profanity (even the theme song is full of it) and think South Park is even remotely funny at times you'll probably love this movie. If this review hasn't turned you completely off or if you're on the fence about it, just buy the damn thing. Definitely my favorite movie in the past few years. It's a friggin' hoot!
Anyone that grew up in the sixties with the original "Thunderbirds" marionette "cartoon"/show can appreciate this film. Once I saw the trailer I knew it was a spoof on marionettes. No one else seemed to get it. There are no holds barred on this film, it is a world wide satire on EVERYTHING!! They make fun of marionettes (some call them "puppets", but that is a misnomer), the U.S., Iraq, North Korea, actor-activists, you name it. If anyone has told you that it leans this way or that politically, they are mistaken, it is all over the place. No one is safe. This film is absolutely hilarious. Period. One warning though, DO NOT LET YOUR KIDS SEE THIS! It is filthy.
For anyone who watches this film and says that a certain demographic would not like it (children may like it, but still shouldn't watch it) just means that that person didn't "get it". It is also funny that people from other countries don't think that we in the U.S. would think it was funny. Just shows how they THINK that they know us and they don't know us at all! Most U.S. citizens do not fit into this stereotype shown in this film. It is a SATIRE! It is a parody! Someone (reviewers outside the U.S) is watching too many hollywood movies!
From the geniuses that bring us South Park comes 'Team America:World Police', one of the most hilarious (and unusual) films I've watched recently.
Visually, I'd be lying if I said 'Team America' was excellent, it isn't. It looks like a cross between thunderbirds and a crazy puppetfest. But for 'Team America' we can cast it aside because that's what makes it funny - we can laugh at all the poor movements of the characters that thunderbirds was known for.
You can't really describe the humour in 'Team America' very well. It's one of those comedies which you might find sends you un fits of laughter when you're not even sure why. The thing that stops 'Team America' from being higher rated is that it's deifnately for everybody. There will be some people who hate it just because they think it uses immature jokes. Though not one of the best comedies in the world I personally liked this. But if laughing at how cheap and poor the film looks and moves, laughing at something just because it's disgusting or over-exaggerated, or laughing at people making fun of other races (such as the evil Chinese bad guy in this case) - steer clear.