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Team America: World Police [DVD]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2005
This is an excellent film, but not if you are someone who is easily offended. However, there are many items in there you will telling everyone over and over and over again. From Start to finish you will not be able to leave your seat as you will be too busy laughing. Classic Comedy from Trey Parker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2013
The dvd contained many extras that came with the film but the bluray edition was devoid of any.How ridiculous to have excluded them.
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on 23 September 2011
I was never a fan of South Park, but this film is hilarious! The jokes are, as you had probably guess, are mostly about famous people and countries. The whole storyline itself is even based on a joke anout American Foreign Policy and America trying to "police the world". Even if you ignore the humour, the story is very interesting and at some points epic.
Team America is an elite team of American soldiers who fight terrorists around the globe. There are a few interesting plot points, such as the team falling apart, finding out that the terrorists are supplied with bombs by world leaders, being constently accused on excessive violence and property destruction, and their leader turning into an alcoholic.
There is also a lot of action and the directors and writers even said in a behind-the-scenes interview that if they didn;t destroy all the sets, the world just gather dust, so they destroyed most of them during the making of the film.
The film is, essentially, a cross between Thunderbirds and South Park, forming an epic and hilarious action-comedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2014
I don't know how they got away with making this film. Painstakingly produced to upset as many people as possible in the shortest period of time, this will have you rolling around your living room in fits of hysterical laughter! My favourite part is where the North Korean leader sings 'Rone-Ree'. A veritable mantlepiece (sic).
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2005
This film draws together much of the stuff that has been banged on about since 9-11. Islamic terrorism, something that breeds fear and therefore serves as an effective way of controlling the public. The only words you can make out from the muslim terrorist characters in the film are 'mohammed' and 'jihad'. Each time these characters appear they have their own musical motif (think snake charming), which contrasts with the American characters' theme (Team America F*** Yeah!). Its all brilliantly handled and well executed, and rather than picking at any one particular group - it satirises the present situation.
Some say that this results in the film failing to convey a clear 'message'. Why does that matter? This is a wry comment on the current political climate, not a lobbiest movie, and it comes with several scenes of memorable puppet sex. What else do you want?
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2005
This film took me very much by surprise. I have watched a few episodes of South Park, and I enjoyed them in parts - the crude animation is funny, and the humour is equally crude and usually just as funny, but sometimes I wondered what the point was. So when I put this film on, I expected it to be fairly similar; simple, in your face, very funny and probably lacking in any real substance. And that is exactly what I got. This film does have a political message, although its a fairly vague one. There is some character development, but only enough to fuel the jokes, and the story is quite interesting, but entirely unbelievable.
Forget all that though, because this film is absolutely hilarious from start to finish. For a start the film is filmed in supermarionation, and the puppets are superb - the movements are as simple and clumsy as you remember them from Thunderbirds, and the visual comedy is brilliantly exploited (The martial arts scenes, and the sex scene are particularly side-splitting). The puppets have very expressive faces, and when one gives another a dirty look, I challenge you not to laugh! The film is a great technical achievement, produced completely without computer animation, and the backdrops and set-pieces are spectacular and wonderfully detailed.
Almost all of the characters are total stereotypes. The members of Team America include the silent, moody martial arts expert and the all-american clean-cut quarterback type. All the terrorists are Arabs who carry bombs in suitcases, speak gibberish (very funny gibberish) and scowl at little children. Some characters are simply hilarious from the moment you see them, and keep on getting better and better - Kim Jong Il is a superb caricature, at once grotesque and totally believable. Some of the cameo roles are genius - Michael Moore makes an explosive appearance, and the scene with UN weapons inspector Hans Blix is a certified classic. "The Matrix" and "Kill Bill" both get blatantly spoofed here, along with "Pearl Harbor", "The Karate Kid" and doubtless many more that I missed.
The soundtrack is outstanding - Highlights include Kim Jong Il's ballad "I'm So Ronery", "America, F*** Yeah" and "Everyone Has Aids". Its all simple stuff, surprisingly to the point, and very very funny.
Team America: World Police is absolutely packed with wit and subversive humour, and the sight of puppets running, fighting, swearing, dancing and killing people never gets old. It does make a fairly valid point about the clumsiness and smugness of American foreign policy, and about the lack of knowledge some Americans have about the rest of the world, but it is fairly gentle satire, and everyone gets the same treatment. This is laugh out loud stuff from the start and highly recommended, but beware it is not for the faint-hearted, and definitely not for children.
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on 22 April 2010
Summed up hilariously in one line from the script. "We have no Intelligence... repeat... we have no Intelligence!"

This refers to the loss of their main computer (named Intelligence) but is a beautifully crafted, back-handed dig at what its all about. Total ineptitude of Americans... told by Americans. A rare joy !!

Even the Puppetry is purposefully inept, which will have your Chuckle-Muscles on Red Alert throughout... especially the poke in the eye in "the bedroom scene." It is all beautifully over-done, although I wish the aftermath of Gary's visit to the Bar had been radically under-done. I have to fast-forward through this section with each viewing... because I have a sensitive stomach I'm afraid.

Just as it says on the Tin (packaging) - one of the funniest things ever.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2006
What some reviewers seem to have missed when slating this film is that the "offensive stereotypes" and "propaganda" are there for a reason. They're there to point out how stupid and senseless the view that all Arabs as terrorists and America as a world police force really is. I didn't watch this film for a long time because I thought it'd be the kind of stupid, puerile humour that I usually hate, but it turns out that it's actually very very funny. Yes there's excessive swearing, but honestly what do you expect from the makes of South Park?
The puppetry is intentionally shoddy, the stereotypes intentionally exaggerated, the story intentionally ridiculous. And that's what makes it so good. The soundtrack is brilliant with some really funny lyrics, the special effects are great (mainly because they used genuine explosions instead of CGI) and it has the best goddamn acting I've ever seen.
Even if you hate South Park, give this one a try (rent it or something if you're not sure), because it really is very funny and highlights just how stupid the "war on terror" is.
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on 9 January 2012
Undoubtedly inspired by the Gerry Anderson titles, Thunderbirds/Fireball XL5 and Stingray, Team America: World Police uses similarly styled, but significantly more in your face, string puppets instead of the more up to date animation that Pixar and such studios have become famous for. Team America's mission is seek out evil terrorists and keep the world safe - apart from the inevitable "collateral damage".

As you would expect from Southpark's creators, there is plenty of adult humour to keep the film bouncing along. Nobody is safe from the satire. An enjoyable film for those with the slightest interest in the world view.
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The stereotypes, the bad animation (Supermarination) and the thin plot are all pure Gerry and Sylvia Anderson from when I was young.

I loved them all from Four Feather Falls to Space 2000.

When the puppets left it wasn't quite the same.

Team America brings the puppets back but with bad language, sex and political comment.

I think that it is from the people that made Southpark.

If you want high art do not buy this.

If you like entertaining well made low art with some adult stuff included it is only £5 and I consider it a good buy.
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