Let me start by saying I think Bigger, Longer, and Uncut was genius.
Let me also say that South Park, the series, although inconsistent, is one of the rare shows on television that can make me laugh out loud.
But I just got done watching Team America: World Police on television, and it was horrible. It was offensive, boring, and stupid, but, most importantly, it was not funny. I can handle offensive, some of the funniest things are offensive to someone. But it was boring, stupid and I laughed out loud only once, in the montage scene. Other than that, it was literally painful to watch, since I really like Stone and Parker. But this was like watching Michaelangelo paint dogs playing poker, or Meryl Steep doing porn.
Am I getting too old? Am I missing something? Or was it really as bad as I think it is?
I pretty much felt the same way. Even the jokes that were vaguely funny the first time around were replayed, stretched, squeezed, beaten, lit afire, doused with acid, kicked, buried, dug up, run through the sewer system, and dried under a high school cafeteria heat lamp until they were about as amusing as a tax form. I didn’t even find it particularly offensive or outrageous, save for the extent of particularly unfunny bodily fluids humor; it was just dumb. South Park can be kind of dumb, too, but at least it manages enough humor and outrage to justify its running time.
But in fairness, the coworker I went to go see it with thought it was the funniest movie he’d seen all year. Of course, he also thought Goodfellas was boring and confusing so…it takes all kinds, I guess.
Oh god, how I loved this movie. Did you see the director’s cut? With that scene in all its glory? And did you not howl at Kim Jong-Il singing, “I’m So Ronery”? (The DVD extras have some fascinating information about the set design, btw.) Did you sit stonefaced during the vomiting-in-the-alley scene?
I still can’t see a fighter plane fly overhead without going, America: Fuck Yeah!
I agree completely with the original poster. I love the South Park Movie (and hope they make another one!) and more often than not I like or really like the South Park TV show. But I don’t think I laughed once at Team America. Awful.
I thought it was hilarious. I saw it with a very left wing friend and we were both in hysterics. The songs, the panthers, the face-off parody, the location tags: brilliant. Better than a lot of recent South Park, I.M.O.
“Who are you!?”
“I’m a terrorist. Anyone know of any terrorist attacks coming up? 'cause, uh, I’d really like to get in on that!”