Monday, January 31, 2005
Title: Team America
Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, Daran Norris, Phil Hendrie
Director: Trey Parker
Team America could be described as the South Park remix of Thunderbirds. The creators of South Park going all Gerry Anderson on us, as they take a crack at America and its position in the world today. Attacking the strong arm bully boy tactics as much as the loud mouthed left wing celebrity spokes models that criticise.
Team America are an elite anti-terrorist force, who recruit an actor to infiltrate enemy organisations. In the process they reveal an axis of evil that threatens the world, but in doing so they leave their own trail of destruction, which makes them less than popular around the world.
From the start, Team America is way over the top, making crude and excessive jokes from the get go. For all the politics and world events this film still comes from those South Park boys, and it shows, dick jokes reign supreme. Which is to say that Team America is wonderfully offensive throughout.
With the way that Team America attacks all sides it manages to cancel itself out politically, to some degree. But within all that Team America is actually also a clever spoof of cinema itself. The dialogue parodies romantic drama, the stunts provide commentary on action films, the song Montage focuses on narrative technique, while Pearl Harbour Sucked tells us that the film Pearl Harbour sucked!
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