Thursday, November 7, 2013

Team America: World Police (2004)

Director: Trey Parker
Writers:  Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Pam Brady
Cast:       Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ

A Broadway actor is hired by Team America, which acts as the World Police, to foil a terrorist plot by infiltrating into their group through impersonation.

It is a film which takes pot shot at almost everything. It will offend both liberals and conservatives in equal measure. The film came out in 2004 when US was at war against Iraq using terrorism as a pretext. At the beginning of the film it is this angle that is in focus but as it goes on it starts taking pot shots at the liberals with the Film Actor's Guild (F.A.G) headed by Alec Baldwin at the center. Kim Jong Il is the villain as he invites leaders of all the countries to a peace conference with the aid of F.A.G and plans to blow up several places simultaneously. But the Team America foils his plans thereby in a sense justifying America's usual responsibility as World Police.

In my opinion it is better to take this film as a satire and spoof on big Hollywood action films as it mocks its cliches and stereotypes. You have an outsider joining a group where one character is seriously pissed off at him. He wins over the others and do a successful mission but the team as a whole fucks up. Dejected he leaves the group and the team suffers as a result. He comes back to save the team and the whole world as everything comes down to a ticking countdown in the villain's den. If it sounds very much like a typical Hollywood action film, don't be surprised. The film is extremely funny and very much politically incorrect.

The film uses puppets and the studio mistakenly gave the go ahead thinking it will be cheaper compared to doing it live action style. The creators, who are also behind the South Park Series, justified why they left out George Bush from the film by pointing out that everyone else is already making fun of him.

I will end with the film's epic monologue at the end:
Gary Johnston: We're dicks! We're reckless, arrogant, stupid dicks. And the Film Actors Guild are pussies. And Kim Jong Il is an asshole. Pussies don't like dicks, because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks also fuck assholes: assholes that just want to shit on everything. Pussies may think they can deal with assholes their way. But the only thing that can fuck an asshole is a dick, with some balls. The problem with dicks is: they fuck too much or fuck when it isn't appropriate - and it takes a pussy to show them that. But sometimes, pussies can be so full of shit that they become assholes themselves... because pussies are an inch and half away from ass holes. I don't know much about this crazy, crazy world, but I do know this: If you don't let us fuck this asshole, we're going to have our dicks and pussies all covered in shit!

 Rating: 5/5