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‘Good going, FAG’: The uneven, sporadically amusing satire of ‘Team America: World Police’

December 6, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Dec. 6, 2015

Team America: World Police is a sporadically amusing musical action-adventure movie spoof enacted with puppets by the creative team behind the ribald animated show South Park. If that sounds appealing to you, then by all means, make sure you watch this 2004 movie. (Actually, if that sounds appealing to you, then you probably watched this 2004 movie when it came out, or shortly thereafter.)

I’ve seen a few South Park episodes — enough to know that Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s creation is not exactly my thing. I find the show to be quite funny in parts, and there are a few episodes that I’ve really enjoyed, in particular “The Fellowship of the Lord of the Rings,” which is the episode with which I’m most familiar.

But South Park traffics heavily in coarse language, toilet humor and other vulgarities to an extent that makes me uncomfortable. (Call me a prude if you must.) That same tendency influences Team America: World Police, which I can’t recommend despite enjoying at times.

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