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Team America: World Police (2004) Movie Review


Movie Name: Team America: World Police

Directed By: Trey Parker

Produced By: Scott Rudin, Trey Parker, Matt Stone

Release Date: October 15, 2004

Budget: $32 million

Box Office: $51 million

Introduction

I remember when I first saw the previews for this movie, I thought that it would be such a stupid movie. The movie was created in the same style as the Thunderbirds. In case that you are too young to remember the Thunderbirds, here is a taste of one of the episodes.

Thunderbirds Sample Episode

Let us see if this movie still holds up.

Story

The main gist of the story is that you have this organization anti-terrorist squad called Team America. Team America recruits an actor by the name of Gary Johnston. The idea is for him to use his acting skills to infiltrate the terrorist group in order to stop them.

In the background Kim Jong-Il is supplying weapons of mass destructions to the world. Basically Team America get together and tries to defeat the terrorists.

Team America Trailer

Bottomline

I remember I went to see this at the movie theatre at the time. I thought that this would be the stupidest movie of all time. Yeah it had puppets and it was created by the makers of South Park, but I did not think much of it.

However, when I came out of the movie, I had completely changed my tune. I loved it. everything from the main theme song to the dialog. This was an awesome movie.

Once you listen to the Team America theme song, it will stay stuck in your head for days. Yeah the song is stupid but it is also very funny. Here is the theme for your listening pleasure.

Team America Theme

There are a few scenes that i still remember and love to this day. For example, that scene when Gary is down on his luck and he pukes his head off. That whole scene in the bar with the speech and the alley is awesome. Here is part of the scene.

Another scene that always stuck with me is the sex scene. Seeing 2 puppets having sex is surprisingly amusing.

I could have mentioned many more scenes that made me laugh but I think you get the picture. This was a movie where I did not expect much from it and I walked out laughing very hard.

Has it aged well? To be honest, I think that it has. You can change the characters around and you would still have a good movie. I know that a second movie would never be created. One of the main reasons is that Trey and Matt hated working with the puppets. They did not like their limited movements and such. They even claimed that it was one of the lowest points in their careers.

I liked it as it was refreshing to see this kind of animation at the time. In a day and age where CGI has taken over everything, seeing this, even today, is very enjoyable.

I think you owe it to yourself to watch it at least once in your lifetime. Just like South Park, do not watch if you get offended easily. 404 Political Correctness not found. Surprisingly, even after 14 years, this movie is still very relevant and would still be funny. Just that I would think that a movie like this would be harder to make nowadays.

What do you think? Did you like the movie. Let us know.

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