Rating: R (but toeing the line of NC-17) for puppet violence, crude language, and graphic puppet sex
Run Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
on the war path to put an end to global terrorism? Only from the fertile minds of
The world at large takes an uneasy stance against WP’s tactics, but they fight on undeterred, determined to wipe terrorism from the face of the earth. Head honcho Mr. Spottswoode (voice of Daran Norris) recruits Gary Johnston (Trey Parker), a top gun actor currently bringing down the house in the Broadway musical “Lease”, to go undercover in Durkadurkastan and expose the malevolent plot-of-the-moment.
While designing their ambitious mission the team encounters a number of awkward hurdles, most notably a suspicious alliance between North Korea’s wicked Kim Jong Il (Parker again) and the angry celebrity members of F.A.G. (Film Actor’s Guild) who are joining forces at a Global Peace Conference to allegedly put a stop to the WP’s reckless disregard of engagement propriety by means of unnecessary violence.
goes badly awry, resulting in typical Team
At the risk of sounding like a cynic, it’s a relief to be offered the opportunity to laugh at terrorism. Stone and Parker stick it to evil nations with a politically incorrect vengeance, poking fun at foreign languages (“Durka durka sherpa sherpa”), exaggerated appearances, and gross racial stereotypes. The marionettes themselves are a hoot, their novel appearance made all the more amusing by wink-and-nudge references to their flexile limitations.
wears thin in the third act, replete with repetitious dialogue and plot constraints.
Stone and Parker’s implacable positions on contemporary political issues are
blithely whitewashed with heavy-handed gore and hardy-har ballads poking fun at
Nevertheless a shout out to the bad boys of comedy for a film that’s lewd and crude and brimming with attitude.