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Team America


Overview - Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the masterminds behind SOUTH PARK, turn their attention to marionettes and politics in the riotous spoof TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE. Combining the puppetry of the mid-1960s series THUNDERBIRDS with action/disaster flicks produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (TOP GUN, ARMAGEDDON, PEARL HARBOR), Parker and Stone tell the story of a small group of heroic figures who span the globe protecting democracy and freedom against terrorism.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the masterminds behind SOUTH PARK, turn their attention to marionettes and politics in the riotous spoof TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE. Combining the puppetry of the mid-1960s series THUNDERBIRDS with action/disaster flicks produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (TOP GUN, ARMAGEDDON, PEARL HARBOR), 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. All the while they are developing close relationships that lead to love, jealousy, and 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 (but did not agree to be spoofed in the film). Parker and Stone reserve a special message for FAHRENHEIT 9/11 director Michael Moore, and even former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix shows up. Among the very funny--and very dirty--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.

Cast List

Matt Stone - Co-creator of "South Park" animated series
Pam Brady - Screenwriter, TEAM AMERICA (2004)
Trey Parker - Co-creator of "South Park" animated series
Juan Schwartz - Co-creator of "South Park" animated series
Scott Rudin - Producer/Executive
Harry Gregson-Williams - Composer, SPY GAME (2001)
Bill Pope - Director of photography, BOUND/THE MATRIX
Kristen Miller
Scott Aversano - Executive Producer, SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003)
Joe Viskocil - Hollywood Special Effects artist
Maurice LaMarche - Voice actor, INSPECTOR GADGET'S LAST CASE (2002)
Karen Patch - Costume Designer, YOU, ME AND DUPREE (2006)
Daran Norris - Voice, COWBOY BEBOP (2002)

 
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  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929489886
  • Rating: R (MPAA)

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Politics
Puppets
Terrorism
War
Satire
Political
Police
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Crime
Terrorists
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Reviews:
"Of course Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone are joking -- what else is new? -- but like most good jokers, they also mean exactly what they say." - 10/15/2004 New York Times, p.E12


"[A] gleeful, politically incorrect melange of mischief and mockery..." - 10/15/2004 USA Today, p.4E


"[O]utrageously, gut-bustingly hilarious....It's also a ruthlessly clever musical..." - 11/11/2004 Rolling Stone, p.115


"[A]s a comedy, TEAM AMERICA is at its funniest when it plays things straight, mimicking the cheesy dialogue and corny, cliché-ridden plot mechanics of the action genre." - 01/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.36-68


"[Stone and Parker are] indisputably the funniest film-makers currently working in the world today." - 02/01/2005 Uncut, p.99


Ranked #9 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "Extravagantly tasteless....Sending up everything from liberal Hollywood to America's war on terror and 1980s high-concept action movies." - 01/01/2006 Uncut, p.82-83

 
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