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Team America - World Police (2004)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 193
Fresh: 148 | Rotten: 45

Team America will either offend you or leave you in stitches. It'll probably do both.

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 12

Team America will either offend you or leave you in stitches. It'll probably do both.

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Directed by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Team America: World Police is a tongue-in-cheek but nonetheless politically biting send-up of the CGI-laden, big-budget action movies that have taken an almost exclusive hold over mainstream box offices, particularly during the summer months. Inspired by the Thunderbirds, a popular 1960s children's series, Team America: World Police uses similarly styled, but significantly more crass, marionette puppets in lieu of computer-generated

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Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Pam Brady

May 17, 2005

$32.7M

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All Critics (206) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (148) | Rotten (45) | DVD (36)

Juvenile in the worst sense: confused and frightened by the adult world, and begging to be protected.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (4)
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The first work from Parker and Stone that I'd describe as a failure of nerve.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comments (2)
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I thought it was pretty clever.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (3)
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Team America is at once grandiose and tacky, elaborate and deflationary.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Profane and sometimes bitingly funny.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Team America is not as funny as the South Park movie, and some of its juvenile humor falls flat. But when Team America works, it falls squarely into the category of guilty pleasure.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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The jarhead action, intentionally crappy parody songs, mélange of terrorist gibberish and semi-sensible anatomical analogies for foreign policy all let "Team America" rowdily resurrect the Zucker Brothers' spirit of peerless, puerile genre satire.

October 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Raunchy action comedy from South Park team isn't for kids.

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (16)
Common Sense Media

Putting the fun back into misanthrope

July 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinemania

When it's not beating us over the head with "clever political satire", it can be a fun film.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Geniuses of satire Matt Stone and Trey Parker bring more laughs to the big screen after their wildly funny 1999 movie "South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut" with a cast of square-jawed marionettes fighting terror by way of North Korea's Kim Jong II in a re

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

As usual, heart and soul have been poured into an enterprise that Parker and Stone want you to think they just knocked off after a night of smoking weed.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

...hurt by Parker and Stone's reliance on speechifying and heavy-handed diatribes...

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (3)
Reel Film Reviews

Bottom line: nice puppetry, crappy movie.

January 11, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (12)
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So what if the political satire is as thin as wax paper?...In the end, the gleeful action, absurd silliness and crude pleasures outweigh the film's weaknesses.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: www.kcactive.com

Mass chaos one instant and a tender love moment the next...the perfect roast of Bay/Bruckheimer!

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

[Parker and Stone's] merciless mockery of Hollywood action clichés, particularly those found in Jerry Bruckheimer's productions, couldn't be more accurate.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The year's smartest, most impressive comedy.

February 24, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

What marks Parker and Stone as satirists rather than shock jocks is their perceptive analysis of the world's craziness.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The puppets are extremely impressive and the fact that the strings are constantly visible is used to brilliant comedic effect, particularly during one of the film's crudest scenes.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

"Will have you howling with laughter, unable to stop even to catch breath."

January 9, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

The funniest movie of the year!

December 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

A hilariously irreverent look at post-9/11 America.

December 16, 2004

The result seems almost as hypocritical as many of the movie's targets, which ultimately defeats the movie's intentions.

November 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

The marionettes run interference with our Hollywood-formula comfort zones -- forcing a fresh look at the hateful stupidity we take for granted every weekend at the multiplex.

November 8, 2004
Philadelphia Weekly

Why puppets? The form meets function.

November 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Flak Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Team America - World Police

The films title says it all really, a sharp satirical play on the fact that the rest of the globe kinda thinks the US wants to police the world. Business as usual for the South Park creators as they present this biting mockery of a comedy that does one of two things...homage the use of marionettes whilst also taking the piss, and literately taking the piss out of American foreign policy.

The whole film is a complete send up of your bog standard action flick porn, all the obligatory cliches and stereotypes packed into a smart satire of American politics that naturally revolves around the Middle East. Its all very straight forward, a team of super anti-terrorist soldiers (ala Tom Cruise in 'Mission: Impossible') do battle with terrorist threats on a daily basis. During one mission they get captured and must be rescued by the newbie of the team who is unsure of himself, that's virtually it.

The first thing that is so funny about this film is the fact its all been created with puppets, yes puppets, just like Thunderbirds. Puppet action heroes doing everything your regular cookie cutter Hollywood action flick does. The film has the visual style of a cool kids show combined with a kids toy line. All the main vehicles of Team America are slick hi-tech super awesome looking power models emblazoned with a red white and blue paint job to nail the Stars n Stripes motif home. The team are decked out in natty SWAT-like uniforms with shades headsets and of course lots of big guns, whilst their base is a typical Bond-esque setup within Mount Rushmore with lots of flashy tech stuff, a big intelligent talking computer and their very own Nick Fury/Professor X type leader. All the bad guys look exactly as you would expect from a satirizing angle of Middle Eastern terrorists, lots of facial hair and rags. Oh and you can see the strings attached to the puppets too further enhancing the laughs.

Despite the film looking like a toy merchandise wet dream it is of course a full on adult adventure. This is the amazingly amusing thing about it all, its children's puppets swearing, having rampant sex and being killed in gruesome ways. Just as South Park is funny because its a naughty cartoon this works on the same level. The violence and visual obscenities are created at a puppet level so its never really shocking because its all being done with puppets and its simply more acceptable. A puppet being blown apart or eaten alive by sharks doesn't really shock because we all know its a children's toy, had it been live action it would be pretty horrific.

The other main funny bone tickler is the quite brutal mockery of famous stars, Middle Eastern folk, world leaders and of course the action genre. In between all the hyper action flick mockery various real actors get ripped on pretty well along with the Screen Actors Guild which has been hilariously renamed the Film Actors Guild. I loved the ultra liberal portrayal of this celebrity group, the way they are all made out to be enemies of Team America because they want peace and unity with the Middle East. They blame Team America for unnecessary killings, destruction, racism etc...and are blind to Kim Jong-il's plans...oh and the fact almost all of them get killed horribly. Talking of Kim Jong, what a way to go down in movie history! via Trey Parker's gut busting rendition (piss taking) in that completely racist voice he does so well, fantastic!.

It is completely brilliant how Team America go into missions destroying anything and everything in their path to take down one or two terrorists. The way they blow up half of Cairo and its ancient treasures, Paris with its landmarks and are completely oblivious to the ruin because in the end they got their intended targets, so its all good. Collateral damage at its finest Hoorah!!!.

Even though the film can't escape its South Park routes, because its all Trey and Stone, that doesn't hinder it. Yeah all the voices are familiar, the satire isn't exactly new, 'Derkaderkastan' or the term 'Derka' has popped up in various South Park episodes I believe as speech for Africans and Middle Eastern folk, all foreign people simply speak the same kind of gibberish much like they do in certain South Park episodes, there are the odd risque musical numbers etc...At the same time there are some really edgy moments that seem truly un-PC but its so funny. When Gary infiltrates the terrorist headquarters at the start the puppet has a simple bath towel on his head! then inside the terrorist bar its all made out like the Mos Eisley cantina from 'A New Hope', simple but totally effective.

This film is so darn accurate in its analysis of US foreign policies and left wing activism I'm amazed it managed to surface. It virtually mocks everything about America and it all holds up to this day, I imagine it must make some Americans cringe. Next to that the action genre is an easy target but its still skewed perfectly here, right down to the last cheesy cliche. Funny thing is the film also looks terrific and really is a genuine homage to the use of marionettes. Everything looks so rich in detail its actually a shame the content will inevitably upset many in Hollywood, meaning the craftsman involved probably won't get the recognition they deserve, that's irony for you.
February 27, 2014
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

A clever, vulgar, unique comedy from the minds of the South Park creators concerning a team of police whose mission is to protect the world from any threats, including dictators like Kim Jong-Il, who wish to destroy the world with nuclear weapons. Although "admirable" might not be the best word to describe the film, it's really impressive that these guys were able to pull off a film using nothing but marionette puppets, which speaks to their passion as I'm sure this was no easy task filming scenes. They have no problem poking fun at their own creation, with some hilarious fight scenes and spurts of violence that are side-splittingly finny. If you like "South Park", you should like this film easily. If you can't stand these guys sense of humor, then stay away from this as well. I think "South Park" is one of the best shows of all-time, so I naturally ended up enjoying this movie.
December 1, 2012
Dan Schultz

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Joe: Shit! I've got five terrorists going southeast on Bakalakadaka Street! 

"Freedom Hangs By A Thread."

Basically, Team America is exactly what you would expect from the team behind South Park. It's raunchy, it's politically incorrect, and it's funny. Still there seemed to be something missing from the formula that made this just another comedy, instead of something truly memorable and amazing like South Park. By no means is this a bad movie, and I could see how one could easily fall in love with it. I just couldn't.

Team America is a police agency that polices the world stopping terrorists in distant lands. A new comer to the agency is Gary, an actor. The group soon finds themselves outmatched when Kim Jong Il teams up with Alec Baldwin and the rest of the F.A.G. organization. 

The movie has some extremely funny moments. It also features probably the funniest sex scene in the history of filmmaking. The movie is made with marionettes, so there's a lot of jokes aimed from that direction. I wouldn't call it a one joke comedy, but one of its jokes(the marionettes) doesn't work for as long as we would hope. Still, there's enough of the other stuff going on to keep the movie watchable and entertaining.

I have to admit that I'm slightly disappointed in the end result of Team America, but still it's a worthwhile and funny little marionette fueled film. Lovers of South Park need to give it a chance because the comedy will be right to their taste. Parker and Stone are smart enough to make this a satire that actually works on that basis. Sure, it's stupid, but that's what makes it funny. It could have been better, but as it is, it's not bad.
September 2, 2012
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Melvin White

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Though it isn't as funny as 'South Park', 'Team America' still has some decent laughs. Ultimately, this film you will love or hate. Love if from its comical moments, or hate it for its extreme levels of offending almost every type of person. Although some jokes with certain celebrities was clever, the jokes on Kim Jong Il stood out; both in a good and bad way. I enjoyed it, but did found the 'Everyone has AIDS' song was taking it way too far.
July 9, 2012
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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    1. Kim Jong II: You are worthress, Arec Barrwin!
    – Submitted by Kondwani D (17 months ago)
    1. Gary: I will never die.
    – Submitted by Daniel R (18 months ago)
    1. Kim Jong II: I'm so ronery.
    – Submitted by Jamey B (23 months ago)
    1. Kim Jong II: It will be 911 times 2356.
    2. Chris: My God, that's... I don't even know what that is!
    3. Kim Jong II: Nobody does!
    – Submitted by Jacob I (2 years ago)
    1. Spottswoode: Remember! There is no 'I' in team America!
    2. I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E.: Yes there is.
    – Submitted by Nick D (2 years ago)
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