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Mini-Review: Team America: World Police (2004)

Team America: World Police (2004)

Starring Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, Masasa Moyo, Daran Norris, Maurice LaMarche, Jeremy Shada, Fred Tatasciore

Directed by Trey Parker

Expectations: High.

There’s a lot to like here, but a whole lot more to be bored by. I would have loved this if it was a short film, even a series of shorts. At about 100 minutes, it just seems to never end. The first thirty minutes are great and honestly the rest of the movie is probably just as good, but there is a fatigue that sets in and I could only laugh at the same basic jokes so much.

My favorite part was a line in one of the songs, “I miss you as much as Michael Bay missed the mark on Pearl Harbor.” If nothing else, I’m glad that somewhere out there a song with this lyric exists. The other songs are also good, especially Kim Jong Il’s “I’m so Ronrey” but by the point it comes on in the film, I was so sick of the joke about how Asians have a hard time with R’s and L’s that it lessened the impact. The film is also lampooning the action film genre, and while it does a good job, for me it fell into the same traps as the films they were making fun of. For instance, the overly dramatic scenes with swelling music and heart-felt dialogue were just as boring as they are in big-budget action films. These scenes just weren’t funny enough for me and there’s a ton of them. The whole Alec Baldwin and his acting group, F.A.G., wasn’t funny either, bringing my least favorite parts of South Park to puppet form. Look they’re in a group called Fag, it’s like they’re saying they’re all fags! C’mon, you can do better than that.

The film is impeccably well made though. The production values are off the chart and the sets are lavish and fantastic. I still love the idea behind the whole thing, but I just wish that the script was smarter. I really should have known better when dealing with Parker & Stone, but hope got the better of me and my expectations were ultimately built up way too high.

If you’d like to read more positive takes on this film, you can click these links here to head over to Cut the Crap or Dan the Man’s websites where there is no shortage of love for this one.

June 27, 2010 - Posted by | 2000s, Action, Comedy, Mini-Reviews, Movie Reviews, Rating: 1 & 1/2 Stars | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Ah come on, it’s all in good fun 🙂 I had a great time watching this and I thought it was one of the most hilarious movie made in the 2000’s. Durka Durka Muhammad Jihad?

    Comment by Castor | June 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Sorry to disappoint. The terrorists all saying Durka Durka was amusing the first couple of times but it gets so repetitive.

      Comment by Silver Emulsion | June 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. Its fun, but not as hilarious as I was expecting.

    Comment by CMrok93 | June 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Oh really? After reading your review I thought you liked it quite a bit.

      Comment by Silver Emulsion | June 27, 2010 | Reply

  3. Good review. I’m not a fan of Team American either. There are some very funny moments but I’ve never thought it comes together too well as a feature length movie.

    Comment by Dan (Top10Films) | June 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Totally agree. Good elements but not as good as it could be as a whole. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

      Comment by Silver Emulsion | June 27, 2010 | Reply

  4. I loved the movie. It’s hard not to if you’re a big SP fan. Durka Durka is still funny to me 6 years later.

    Comment by Adam | June 27, 2010 | Reply

    • I feel the same way about South Park that I do this movie. I enjoy a lot of it, but I usually end up disappointed because after a certain point they just keep hammering the same jokes for the remainder of the running time. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

      Comment by Silver Emulsion | June 27, 2010 | Reply

  5. My expectations weren’t too high; it started off great, but by the end, I was bored. Your review had me laughing, remembering the good parts. The long drawn out sex scene not being one od them….yep, a lot of those scenes were way too long.

    Comment by Laura | July 7, 2010 | Reply

  6. I felt the same way. This was funny up to a point but some of the jokes did wear themselves out

    Comment by dangerousmeredith | September 23, 2010 | Reply

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