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Team America - World Police Reviews

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Phil H

Super Reviewer

February 27, 2014
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.
Dan S

Super Reviewer

June 25, 2007
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.
blkbomb
blkbomb

Super Reviewer

September 2, 2012
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.
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

July 4, 2012
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.
TomBowler
TomBowler

Super Reviewer

August 1, 2009
Very, very funny but not quite as clever as the South Park boys could have done. Full review later.
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
LorenzoVonMatterhorn

Super Reviewer

October 29, 2011
"Freedom hangs by a thread"

Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.

REVIEW
Outstanding achievement by the Trey Parker/South Park school of film satire, using puppets to lampoon American foreign policy but attacking the far left as well as the right wing 'save the world from terrorism' gung-ho attitude. It might seem a tall order to keep the momentum going, but the fast pace, sharp wit and endless characters being lampooned rises to the challenge. The crack 'World Police' team (based on 'Thunderbirds are GO') follow information from a computer code-named 'Intelligence' that sometimes makes mistakes. As they hunt down real and suspected terrorists they manage an enormous amount of overkill in collateral damage, wreaking havoc on architectural wonders of the world. Their main enemies are coordinated not by Osama bin Laden (all Middle East terrorists look the same and speak a silly language made up of a few words like 'Lada, Lada, Jihad') but by the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.

Their other opponents are limp wrested leftists in the Hollywood community (Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Michael Moore etc) who mouth off inanities about world peace under the umbrella organisation the Film Actors Guild (FAG). Awful Hollywood movies (like Pearl Harbor) also get it in the neck. Includes lots of foul language and puppets having graphic sex, so avoid it if such things shock you.
DreamExtractor
DreamExtractor

Super Reviewer

February 28, 2011
Puppets creep the hell outta me. Team America: World Police is a funny and cool movie that is so idiotic and dumb that it was geniuses like Matt Stone and Trey Parker who did it. The plot says a lot about cliche action films and as I look back its actually a really funny story seeing how cliche and dumb it was. The voice acting was good, but there were so many old voices from South Park (a show Matt and Trey also created) so it was hard not to picture them in this. The action was actually pretty good, seeing as they are puppets, but just knowing they are puppets made it funnier. This movie was good, it wasn't as good as Matt and Treys South Park Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, but its still a very funny and original film, but those puppets creeped me out.
murphmann93
murphmann93

Super Reviewer

June 23, 2011
Funny at times. I didn't really understand it all that much but the songs and some of the scenes made me laugh out loud. A must see!
TheDudeLebowski65
TheDudeLebowski65

Super Reviewer

May 31, 2011
Trey Parker and Matt Stone were never exactly effective directors. The creators of South Park have made one great film (South Park, Bigger, Longer and Uncut) and one bad one (Orgazmo). With Team America: Worl Police they bring an interesting concept to their unique brand of humour. The premise is basically a more vulgar version of The popular 1960's TV show Thunderbirds. The result is a film that is crude, obscene and very funny. However this film is not for everyone. You can expect something from the creators of South Park to be totally off the wall, and Team America is most certainly that. However, theres a smart hidden under this veneer of vulgarities and obscenities and you have to admire Parker and Stone's idea behind the film. The humour here is very silly and crude, but if you're looking for a good laugh, you should check out this film. The film doesn't rival the South Park film, but Matt Stone & Trey Parker create something memorable here. The film has everything you'd expect from something created by the creators of South Park, crude, vulgar humour, memorable quotes and scenes and insane characters. This is one comedy that really delivers big laughs, but it's not a film for everyone. But to those who like this type of humour, you'll have a blast watching this.
Mark W

Super Reviewer

November 3, 2010
"I'll rip your fuckin' balls off and stuff them up your ass. So, the next time you shit, you'll shit all over your balls! Got it?" This quote pretty much sums up the level of humour from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's take on the conflict in the Middle East, with their usual offensive and riotously funny approach.
"Team America" are an anti-terrorist group who claim to be the "world police", bringing democracy and the American way to people 'less fortunate than them'. During a terrorist busting mission in France, one of their team is killed-in-action which results in the team's decision to replace him with an actor. Their intention being, to bring down the terrorist organisations and dictators with someone on their side who can infiltrate 'the baddies' using their acting chops.
More a pastiche of the old marionette puppet show "Thunderbirds" and several Hollywood blockbusters than a political satire. It's a bit overlong and doesn't always hit the mark but it's very hard to dismiss a film that has a recurrent song with lyrics like..."America, Fuck yeah! Lick my butt and suck on my balls". Profane but absolutely hilarious. It's ridicules everyone from the Taliban to North Korean dictator Kim-Jong Il and left wing politicised actors, namely Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Matt Damon among others, as well as the gung-ho destructive and ignorant nature of America. It doesn't take prisoners, any political or celebrity figure who CAN get the piss taken out of them, DO get the piss taken out of them and political correctness goes out the window from the get go.
The puppets are uproariously funny but this is definitely not for the easily offended. However, if you like your humour a little (or a lot) more risque, then this is for you. Fuck yeah!!!
CloudStrife84
CloudStrife84

Super Reviewer

July 3, 2007
Political satire at its best! It's sort of become a tradition now among me and my friends to see this about once a year, as it's one of extremely few films that we all love equally. And given the hilarious dialogue and incredibly catchy songs, maybe it's no wonder. If you ask me, you'd have to be a really boring and humorless prude not to like this movie. Just the fact that it bashes and makes fun of Michael Bay makes into a real winner.
Lady D

Super Reviewer

August 3, 2006
Totally un-pc and controversial too. A novelty film in the style of Thunderbirds puppets mixed with adult humour. It?s a watchable movie in that ?it offends everybody so it?s ok? kind of way.
Richard C

Super Reviewer

July 29, 2010
really funny. B+
YodaMasterJedi
YodaMasterJedi

Super Reviewer

March 29, 2007
"Team America: World Police" is a great sendoff to one of the most turbulent times in American history, and "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, both equal opportunity offenders, pull no strings (no pun intended) with this hilarious and blazingly satiric model of the United States and its supposed role in world affairs.

But again, what better way is there to remember the tumultuous reign of the U.S. and its War on Terror than to make a movie that satirizes the living hell out of both? Like their previous effort "South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut," they take chances that no other filmmaker in America is ever willing to take, and that is to be as crude and vulgar as humanly possible for 90 minutes straight.

Anyone expecting an anti-Bush treatise like "Fahrenheit 9/11" or a pro-Kerry ad campaign will be sorely mistaken. It's really best that liberals and conservatives both stay as far away from this movie as possible, as they both get their fair share of bashing. Parker and Stone have even said that anyone who thinks it should be used to sway votes is a "f**king idiot." America itself seems to be at the top of their hit list, or at least American bravado is.

As a casual fan of "South Park," I understand that Trey Parker and Matt Stone go to the extreme in making fun of American culture and lampooning people they don't like. Already they've gotten "fan" mail from Sean Penn, who is understandably upset over his portrayal in the film, as well as several other liberal celebrities who are portrayed as being backstabbing morons.

But I'm not really here to argue political bias in this film (George W. Bush has got to go come November 2nd, in case anyone wants to know), and the perfect satire has come to fuel the fire of the most important election in United States history.

"Team America: World Police" is hugely inspired by the "Thunderbirds" marionette cartoons that aired during the 1960s, and it shows us a TEAM of Americans that POLICE the WORLD. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has weapons of mass destruction and has implemented plans to use them. So Team America goes to work to foil his evil plans. In doing so, they lay waste to several world landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian pyramids.

"America" parades through virtually every action movie cliché imaginable, most notably from the films of producer Jerry Bruckheimer, whose "Pearl Harbor" (2001) gets lampooned the worst; they even hit "Top Gun" (1986).

There is no question that "Team America: World Police" is inspired and imaginative film-making, made by two creative geniuses who LOVE to push the envelope anywhere they can. Liberal Hollywood celebrities get some of the worst bashing here, with political gadfly Michael Moore playing the part of a hot dog-munching suicide bomber and Alec Baldwin as the leader of the Film Actors Guild (F.A.G., get it?). But conservatives aren't off the hook either, as their politics of U.S. intervention in every world affair is taken to ridiculous heights, hence the title "World Police."

"Team America: World Police" is a brilliant satire of our times, of course that doesn't make it safe from the detractors who claim that Parker and Stone are irresponsible morons. Indeed, there are smarter ways to approach such sensitive material, but Parker and Stone aren't intellectuals who are out to change the world, they're just two guys who like to fool around and make people laugh.
FilmFanatik
FilmFanatik

Super Reviewer

March 25, 2007
Incredibly funny and subversive.
Alice S

Super Reviewer

December 12, 2009
Amazing. Insane. Wiggedy-whack. I like how the pumas are black cats >^.^<
Cindy I

Super Reviewer

May 10, 2007
Technically excellent but typically crude send-up of the old puppet action series "Thunderbirds", courtesy of Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park infamy. It's the story of a group of "world police" who are ridding the world of terrorism one North Korean dictator at a time. If you're a Thunderbirds fan like I am, you'll recognize many of the elements and techniques. This isn't your parents Thunderbirds though. Nope. This is the 21st century, which means exploding bodies, decapitations, and a hilariously hardcore "puppet porn" sex scene. Lots of songs, some good (I Miss You Almost as Much as 'Pearl Harbor' Sucked", Montage) and some unnecessarily obscene (America...Fuck Yeah!). I could also have done without the extended drunken vomiting scene. But mostly entertaining. Why couldn't the live-action crap film "Thunderbirds" with Bill Paxton -- instead of puppets -- been like this!?!
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

September 15, 2009
A really clever idea poorly executed. Stone and Parker let their egos get the better of them. The stupid humour was unnecessary when they already had a very funny premise already. I laughed about three times, heavily, but only three times.
cosmo313
cosmo313

Super Reviewer

June 9, 2006
First of all: there need to be more movies with marionettes. Second of all: Bravo for the brilliant mix of wit, satire, outrageousness, and vulgarity. This is a quite hilarious and well done film, but not without it's flaws. This film is far longer than it needed to be. Making it a three part miniseries would have been awesome. Things become too stale after a while, but this is still a very spot on satire of Jerry Bruckheimer films (more than anything) and politics. I applaud all involved, especially since they decided to use puppets, but I think they went a little too overboard with the mockery, hence why things get really old really quick. That's probably my biggest complaint though, since, when I wasn't laughing out loud, I was still chuckling and smiling. Despite my gripes, I still really like this.
Chiefilms
Chiefilms

Super Reviewer

June 14, 2009
So original and brilliant, great plot, lines, marionettes, songs. Profane as expected but funny throughout the whole thing.
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