Yep, Team America: World Police is packed like a sausage with bad jokes, and visual gags from bow to stern, from port to starboard, all the while skewering both the left wing, the right wing, the right breast, the left breast, the right thigh, the left thigh, and indeed, both drumsticks with impunity, forcing uncontrollable laughter. And, amazingly, like Parker and Stone's own South Park the idiocy is well planned out, and somehow, really quite brilliant. Team America: World Police is simultaneously one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen and one of the most brilliant... and it's definitely one of the funniest films I've ever seen!
Team America is a group of ultra Red White and Blue Anti-Terrorist Soldiers, just a little too clueless for safety. They usually end up doing more damage than than the bad guys as they grab the terrorists. The gang of four is missing one member since a terrorist attempt on Paris left Lisa's Lover a pile of so much Couscous! Enter Gary Johnston, Broadway Actor with a degree in World Language hand picked by team leader Spottswoode. Only he can infiltrate the Terrorist organizations and save the mother-effing-day, yeah!
And the multiple (though less than mobile) personalities of Sarah, Chris, Joe, and Lisa herself all have different ideas of what to think of the guy. Spottswoode likes him, the super-computer named I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. sort of likes him, and at the end of the day... we pretty much think he's a puppet!
While it's true that a great deal of the comedy herein is based around the idea that this is silly, goofy, profane fun surrounding puppets that "can't do shit", this is by far no one-joke movie! Happily, the puppets can do a few things with some technological advances animating their rubber faces into some real expressions, which only makes the whole thing funnier.
The satire never ends though as what originally feels like an indictment of the unilateral US policies morphs into a veritable festival of bitch-slaps to lefties like me. Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Michael Moore, Matt Damon, and many, many more are all slow roasted over the flame that Trey and Matt set under them. Michael Moore is given an especially short stick showing that Matt Stone's appearance in Bowling for Columbine was, by far, not an endorsement!
The real targets here are indeed the terrorists, and that Jackass Kim Jong-Il, who teams up with the mocked left-wing Film Actors Guild. It's not Terrorism that's made light of, its terrorists that get the spoof, and viva la satire.
There's an aggressive undertone to the whole thing, and even Trey Parker and Matt Stone have said that bringing kids to see this movie wouldn't be "too cool!" Make no mistake, this film is more profane than an Italian Sailor's sex diary and more violent than that behind the scenes look at One Day at a Time! But what about that infamous puppet-sex scene? Magnifique!
While it may sound like a goofy mess, it's a goofy mess with a hell of a Maestro at the baton! Parker and Stone with co-writer Pam Brady have proven again that they're the best at the intelligently crafted "Stupid Comedy". There may be no denying the stupid jokes and gags in the film, but it's a structured and multiple meaning stupidity that Mikey Myers has been trying with his Austin Powers franchise since the first film. It takes a Genius to spin stupid this brilliantly, though. What the hell do I mean? Go see the movie!
From the ridiculous plot to the Bruckheimer spoofs to the incredibly funny musical numbers (by Oscar Nominee Trey Parker), to the so funny and obvious SFX, Team America: World Police is the funniest adult-oriented puppet show I've ever seen, ahem, and is thus worth every bit of Four Stars out of Five. A divisive rating at best... and here, I wanted to be a uniter, not a divider. So anyway, Screw you guys! I'll see you in the next reel! No, No! Screw you... Next Reel!