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South Park: Bigger, Longer... (1999)
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Review Date: June 28, 1999
Director: Trey Parker
Writer: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Pam Brady
Producers: Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Actors:
Trey Parker as Eric Cartman/various
Matt Stone as Kenny/various
Plot:
The gang from South Park attempt to save two Canadian foul-mouthed comedians who are set to be executed by the United States of America, after its declaration of war on Canada. Unbeknownst to everyone except for the kids (Their dead friend Kenny returned as a ghost to tell them this bit of news), the successful execution will lead to the rise of Satan and Saddam Hussein from hell, and to their domination of the world. Simple enough?
Critique:
This movie is rude, crude, racist, sexist, homophobic, cheesily animated, and pretty much offensive in every which way that you could possibly imagine...it's also fuckin' hilarious!!! Before I saw this film, I had never really sat through an entire episode of the "South Park" TV show. Not because I didn't want to or anything, I just don't watch a lot of television. Now as much as this film is probably geared more towards the true fans of the show, I was still able to enjoy all of its disgusting, over-the-edge, offensive-to-everyone, humor. This movie is definitely made for people who are NOT tied to any politically correct soapbox. In fact, that was the one thing that I really dug about this comedy more than any of the other THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY-type films that have been cropping up of late. It didn't ease up near the end, or pretend to be emotional at any point, or apologize for anything that it stood for. It was nasty, raunchy, and just plain ol' American-Joe funny to me. No holds barred!

Being Canadian myself, I must say that I was probably a little biased by the hilarious depiction of our country and its circumstances within the story. "Canada...kill them before they kill us!", read one T-shirt in the movie. Pretty funny. There were also a lot of "smaller jokes" which may slip you by if you're not paying close attention (Listen closely near the end, when one of the African-American soldiers sounds peculiarly like one Jar-Jar character from THE PHANTOM MENACE...nice touch, guys!). The one thing that might've been improved on in this film, is the matter of musical numbers that scattered its length. Most of them were pretty funny, but they didn't need to have every single character break out in song at some point of the movie. Then again, it was a small price to pay for an overall enjoyable time at the theatre of movies. Just make sure that you leave your "thinking cap" home for this one, switch off all of your politically correct electrodes, and get ready to be entertained by a bunch of immature kids with filthy mouths, fucked-up thoughts and the balls to pull it all off. Of course I am speaking of the two men behind this raunchy production: Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
(c) 2016 Berge Garabedian
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