The Passion of the Jew
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
From the genius minds of Matt Stone and Trey Parker comes a spoof of Mel Gibson’s THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST in which Kenny, Cartman, Stan and Kyle all have different reactions to the movie and they are all hilarious. Kyle, being Jewish, is traumatized by what his people have done to the Son of God, Cartman becomes an anti-semite and wants to implement the “final solution”, and Kenny and Stan find no entertainment value in the film and go after Mel Gibson to try and get their ticket money back.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Even though I have not seen Mel Gibson’s THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST yet, I do know enough about it to be able to tell you that this South Park parody of the now epic film was perfect. Leave it to Matt and Trey to come up with this stuff. We start off when Cartman picks on Kyle for being Jewish and ostracizes him from their kid games as he believes Kyle’s people killed the Lord. Then, he invites Kyle to see the movie for himself, which Kyle does and it is so funny to see how poor Kyle gets affected by the sheer horror of the film. Having disliked the film entirely, Kenny and Stan go to Malibu to track down Mel Gibson so they can get a refund for the film. They find Mel, and he is nuts, really nuts! After the boys steal their money back from him, Mel goes even more crazy and follows them to try and get his money back. We’re talking about $18 and how much did the film make? That makes it especially funny. Seeing Mel go berserk here reminded me of his role in LETHAL WEAPON a bit, maybe that was done purposely. And of course, Cartman going anti-Jewish and dressing up like Hitler and getting an army of people to march through the streets spewing anti-Jewish propaganda is no surprise either. Cartman has always been radical. Twenty-two minutes of controversial humor that had me in stitches.
This DVD features two bonus episodes of a religious nature of which the first is entitled “Red Hot Catholic Love” and it’s about the molestation scandal of the priests in the Catholic Church. The parents of the South Park Elementary kids do not want to send their boys on a Christian Cruise for fear that the priests will molest their children. They even become atheists in the process. One priest from South Park makes it his mission to go to the Vatican and change the law that makes it all right for priests to have sex with young boys. The Martha Stewart spoof in this show is classic, and very gross as you’ll agree with me when you see it.
The second bonus episode entitled “Christian Rock Hard” features Cartman trying to make a fortune by selling a million Christian rock albums. The other boys download music from the internet for free and get taken in by the FBI. Metallica is featured prominently here, I wonder why? Especially Lars, you gotta love him. The other boys have a band named Moop which goes on strike to get people to stop downloading the internet music for free and then all these real live rock bands that we know join them in the strike, very cool idea, I think. The last line of this show is perfect, wait for it. These two episodes were as funny and entertaining as the main feature. The total running time for all three shows is one hour, an hour very well spent in my view.
If controversial themes of a religious nature offend you, well, what am I saying, if anything offended you...you wouldn’t be a South Park fan, like I am. It is good controversy though, the kind that has a social comment on society and makes you think, as it also makes you laugh. Very well done spoofs on very timely topics that we hear about on the news every day. If you like South Park, you’ll like this. If you liked Gibson’s THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST and would like to see a light-hearted parody of it, then get this DVD for your collection today.