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"TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE"
(2004) (voices of Trey Parker, Matt Stone) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy *Extreme Extreme Minor Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None Moderate Extreme Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
*Extreme Moderate Mild Moderate *Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A Broadway actor joins an American commando unit in an attempt to stop terrorist activities around the world.
PLOT:
The terrorists of the world are up to no good once again, this time in Paris. Accordingly, Team America -- led by commander Spottswoode (voice of DARAN NORRIS) back in their secret Mount Rushmore headquarters -- arrives to take care of business.

There's Chris (voice of MATT STONE) the martial arts expert; Sarah (voice of MASASA) the empath; Lisa (voice of KRISTEN MILLER) the psychologist; Joe (voice of TREY PARKER) the former quarterback; and Carson who proposes to Lisa but is shot and killed by a presumably dead terrorist.

Realizing they need a replacement member who could successfully infiltrate the terrorists' ranks, the group offers the position to Broadway actor Gary Johnston (voice of TREY PARKER). He doesn't initially want the job, but after a trip to D.C. overwhelms him with patriotism, he agrees and sets out for the Middle East. Little does he or any of his comrades realize, however, that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il (voice of TREY PARKER) is the mastermind behind the terrorist activities and is plotting to use a bunch of liberal Hollywood actors such as Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn and others to do his dirty work.

With time counting down toward the unleashing of the dictator's terrorist plan, Gary and the others do what they can to stop it and him, all while dealing with various setbacks and obstacles that confront them.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the work of Trey Parker and Matt Stone (the guys behind "South Park"), they most likely will want to.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For graphic, crude & sexual humor, violent images & strong language, all involving puppets.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
It's debatable whether kids would view puppets in that sense, but here's a quick look at the characters' major characteristics.
  • GARY is a Broadway actor who joins the team to battle terrorism. He uses strong profanity, has sex with Lisa and performs oral sex on Spottswoode to prove his allegiance to and save his comrades.
  • LISA is the group's psychologist who's just lost her fiancÚ to a terrorist but ends up having sex with Gary not long after that.
  • SPOTTSWOODE is the group's leader who drinks, smokes, uses some profanity and makes Gary perform oral sex on him.
  • CHRIS is the martial arts expert who smokes, uses strong profanity and is distrustful of Gary.
  • SARAH is the team's empath who also has feelings for Gary.
  • JOE is the former quarterback who uses some profanity and likes Sarah, but never acts on that.
  • KIM JONG IL is the North Korean dictator and terrorist sponsor and planner who uses strong profanity and kills or has people killed.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated comedy. Profanity consists of at least 73 "f" words, while plenty of other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Sexually explicit dialogue is present, as is material featuring marionettes engaged in all sorts of sexual behavior (included straight and gay oral sex, and heterosexual intercourse in many positions, with graphic movement, although the dolls have no genitalia but marionette breasts are visible). Some real-life, scantly clad models are briefly seen in a billboard shot.

    Violence includes many scenes of marionettes being killed by various means (gunfire, explosions, other fighting, being attacked by house cats posing as panthers, etc. all played for comedy but with lots of related fake blood and gore) along with scenes of property destruction (all obviously involving fake sets). It's possible some of that material and the overall terrorist angle might be unsettling for some viewers, but it's all played for various styles of comedy.

    Various instances of crude humor are present (included a voluminous projectile vomiting scene), while various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes. Finally, some of the characters drink and/or smoke (one to the point of drunkenness and the above vomiting).

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Spottswoode has a drink.
  • Spottswoode has a drink in another scene.
  • Miscellaneous characters drink in a tavern.
  • Spottswoode tells everybody to return for debriefing and cocktails. We then see a scene set in their bar where lots of liquor bottles are on the wall and most if not all of the Team America members have drinks in their hands.
  • Gary drinks in a bar as do a few others. He later stumbles out, appearing quite drunk, and then does a long bit of voluminous, projectile vomiting (done to extreme for comedy).
  • Spottswoode holds a broken drink glass in his hand (after their headquarters is bombed).
  • Chris tells Gary that if there's a world left after they're done, he'd like to buy him a drink.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Viewers should note that the following is all played for comedy and features marionettes as the characters.
  • A presumably dead terrorist shoots one of the Team America members, mortally wounding him (with some bloody results). Other Team America members then blast the terrorist with gunfire, killing him (with bloody results). We then see an aerial view showing the dead Team America member with a pool of blood beneath him.
  • Kim Jong Il shoots his translator in the head, killing him (with bloody results).
  • A surgical procedure is performed on Gary's face to make him look Arabic and there's a little bit of related blood (such as on a surgical tray, etc.).
  • A terrorist is shot and blood splatters onto the windshield of a jeep that then runs over another character.
  • Chris threatens Gary and says that he'll drill "two holes in your d*ck" so that when he urinates it will shoot out in all directions.
  • We see a little blood in a jet's cockpit.
  • Gary drinks in a bar as do a few others. He later stumbles out, appearing quite drunk and then does a long bit of voluminous projectile vomiting (done to extreme for comedy). We then see him lying passed out in a huge pool of vomit.
  • A man goes on a diatribe about various types of people, including "d*cks," "p*ssies" and "assholes" and then talks about one "f*cking" the other and so on, resulting in a lot of graphic sexual talk as well as some scatological material. Later, Gary does the same with the same words while addressing a large group of people.
  • Some of the Team America members have varying amounts of blood on their faces.
  • Various actors open fire on various Team America members who return the fire. During this and other fighting, a character's head is blown off and another appears deflated and bloody from such impact.
  • An actress is shot many times, falls out a window and then lands on the street below in a bloody/gory plop.
  • Some housecats (presented in the film as panthers and looking huge next to the small marionettes) attack several of them representing famous actors. We see the cats pulling at bloody flesh on those marionettes including pulling one's head off.
  • An actress is cut in half and her top half falls away (with bloody results), while the top of an actor's head is cut off (with bloody results).
  • Various Team America members have varying degrees of blood on their faces.
  • Kim Jong Il shoots a famous actor dead, with bloody results and repeated shots of the man's head exploding.
  • A woman kicks a man who falls off a balcony and lands on the spire atop a German man's headdress, impaling the first man (with bloody results).
  • A cockroach comes out of a dead man's mouth and crawls away.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Some viewers will be offended by the ethnic stereotypes on display (all played for comedy and including heavily accented and mispronounced English dialogue as well as gibberish made to sound like foreign languages, etc.) or the political comedy that's present, including jabs at the U.S. causing more problems and damage around the world in the name of stopping terrorism (although both the left and right are skewered at other times).
  • Some viewers might not like comical references to the events of 911 (such as someone saying that an upcoming event will be like "911 times 100," prompting another person to do the math and state the result).
  • Some viewers might not like a Broadway musical number that has the line, "Everyone has AIDS."
  • The term "spades" is used.
  • The various terrorists, including Kim Jong Il, obviously have bad attitudes.
  • Chris doesn't like Gary and doesn't give him a break (because he doesn't like or trust actors).
  • With an actors organization, the Film Actors Guild, having the initials F.A.G., that term is verbally used many times (and is also seen written) when dealing with various liberal actors against Team America.
  • Some viewers might not like a joke where a man states (seriously) that he was raped by a character from the musical "Cats" when he was a boy and went backstage to meet the performers.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • It's possible that scenes listed under "Violence" as well as the material about and references to terrorists and weapons of mass destruction might be unnerving to some, but it's all played for comedy with nothing being realistic visually.
  • Kim Jong Il starts a five minute countdown before many weapons of mass destruction are set off all around the world.
  • A cockroach comes out of a dead man's mouth and crawls away.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Machine guns/Missiles/Grenades/Explosives/Swords: Used to threaten, wound or kill characters and/or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "A f*cking actor," "Just stay the f*ck away from me," "Get the f*ck out of here," "America, f*ck yeah" (the chorus of a song), "Smart ass m*therf*cker," "We f*cking did it," "You f*cking c*cksucker," "F*ck you," "You butt-f*cking piece of sh*t," "F*ck him," "Oh f*ck," "F*cking it up," "Why is everyone so f*cking stupid?" "You f*cking bum," "You're a butt-f*cking quitter," "What the f*ck are you doing here?" "Open your f*cking ears," "F*cking die," "Don't f*cking move," "You had me at d*ck's f*ck assholes," "F*cked up," "Oh sh*t," "Sh*tty," "Suck on my balls," "Surprise, c*ck-bags," "I'm a d*ck," "Hey terrorist, terrorize this" (said before shooting a bad guy), "Spades," "I'll pull a jihad on you," "Pissed off," "You're breaking my balls," "What the hell /happened," "Bastard," "You son of a bitch," "Sucked," "Giant socialist weasel," "Who the hell are you?" "Shut up," "You douche bag" and "Let's go, bitch."
  • With an actors organization, the Film Actors Guild, having the initials F.A.G., that term is verbally used many times (and is also seen written) when dealing with various liberal actors against Team America.
  • Kids may be enticed to play with dolls and other such toys differently (such as sexually) after seeing this film.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A moderate amount of suspenseful and ominous music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • Various songs contain an extreme amount of profanity (many "f" words, some "s" words) as well as phrases such as "Suck on my balls." A musical number is about everyone having AIDS (played for comedy), a song has scatologically related lyrics (using the "s" word) and another has a line about only a woman is allowed "to touch me there."
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 73 "f" words (14 used sexually, 7 used with "mother"), 13 "s" words, 23 slang terms using male genitals ("d*ck," "c*ck" and "c*cks*cker"), 15 using female genitals ("p*ssy"), 16 asses (2 used with "hole"), 8 hells, 2 damns, 1 S.O.B., 6 uses of "G-damn," 4 of "Jesus," 2 each of "Jesus Christ," "My God" and "Oh my God" and 1 use each of "Dear God," "God" and "Oh God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Viewers should note that the following is all played for comedy and features marionettes as the characters.
  • We see a classic-style statue in Paris that shows several nude figures in a non-explicit embrace (with one's bare butt seen).
  • We see a large billboard that shows two real female models who are scantly clad and in sexy poses.
  • After Spottswoode invites Gary into his limo to discuss what he wants with him, Gary (who thinks the man is in the movie business) states that he knows Spottswoode wants to put his finger inside him and that "if I go down on you" he'll get the movie part. Spottswoode then replies, "I'm not going to f*ck you in the mouth...Now suck my c*ck" (and then adds that he's just kidding).
  • A terrorist leader tells Gary (about his convictions, but also some sexual innuendo), "You have balls. I like balls."
  • Lisa tells Gary that if he promises never to die, "I'll make love to you right now." He enthusiastically makes that promise and we then see a sex scene montage featuring the two. It includes full marionette nudity for both (no genitals but we see her wooden or plastic but not exactly realistic breasts, as well as both of their butts) as well as graphic sexual movement in various positions (missionary, rear entry, her on top, other gymnastic styles) and scenes of oral sex (the 69 position as well as her head moving rhythmically at his crotch from an aerial view). It's all played for comedy rather than eroticism.
  • Sarah asks Lisa, "You slept with Gary?"
  • A man goes on a diatribe about various types of people, including "d*cks," "p*ssies" and "assholes" and then talks about one "f*cking" the other and so on, resulting in a lot of graphic sexual talk as well as some scatological material. Later, Gary does the same with the same words while addressing a large group of people.
  • Spottswoode reminds Gary of the first time they met when Gary thought Spottswoode wanted Gary to perform oral sex on him. He then says that he'll only trust Gary if he does that now, with Gary saying the man can't be serious, but he says he is. We hear him unzip and drop his pants and Gary looks down there. Spottswoode then pulls his pants up, but Gary reluctantly agrees to do so (to save the rest of the Team America members from certain death) and drops out of the camera shot, apparently performing the deed.
  • Spottswoode states that Gary proved his mettle "last night by sucking my c*ck."
  • Spottswoode makes additional sexual comments about Gary servicing him orally.
  • SMOKING
  • Spottswoode smokes more than 5 times, while Chris smokes several times.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Lisa's fiancÚ dies in front of her after being shot.
  • We hear that gorillas killed Gary's brother when he jumped into a zoo display to save Gary years ago.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Terrorism and terrorists.
  • The role of America in world affairs.
  • The film being an equal opportunity offender regarding its satire.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Viewers should note that the following is all played for comedy and features marionettes as the characters.
  • In the opening credits, the earth blows up (but this is symbolic rather than realistic).
  • Some terrorists open fire on Team America, with their members shooting back and killing two. Some hand to hand combat ensues (which looks goofy since it's done with marionettes that have limited mobility). One Team America member then fires a missile at a terrorist but misses and hits the Eiffel Tower that then collapses and crushes the Arc de Triomphe. Another missile blows up the Louvre (with the other two terrorists apparently being killed in both missile attempts).
  • A presumably dead terrorist shoots one of the Team America members, mortally wounding him (with some bloody results). Other Team America members then blast the terrorist with gunfire, killing him (with bloody results). We then see an aerial view showing the dead Team America member with a pool of blood beneath him.
  • Kim Jong Il shoots his translator in the head, killing him (with bloody results).
  • Some men hold guns on Gary (who's undercover) until he gives the proper password.
  • Terrorists in a jeep shoot back at some Team America members in a humvee. We then see one terrorist fly out of the jeep and smash onto the hood and into the windshield of the humvee. The Team America members then fire missiles that miss their targets but hit a pyramid and other ancient temples, destroying them. The jeep (filled with explosives) then tries to ram the humvee, but Lisa grabs Gary and saves him while the jeep goes over a ramp the humvee has produced and smashes into the Sphinx, exploding on impact (killing two characters in the jeep).
  • Sarah mows down many people in a tavern with a huge machine gun.
  • A terrorist is shot and blood splatters onto the windshield of a jeep that then runs over another character.
  • Kim Jong Il has a man stand in a certain spot on the floor. He then opens a trap door and the man falls into it. The next thing we see is that man sinking in a huge shark tank and then a shark attacking and shredding his marionette body.
  • We hear sounds of gorilla on "human" violence in a memory flashback.
  • Massive explosions rock the Panama Canal and the resultant massive floods sweep many characters away. We then see various dead marionettes floating in the flood water.
  • Lots of enemy aircraft arrive to do battle with the Team America members in jets and a helicopter. Several enemy craft crash into each other and explode, while Team America members shoot down more with machine gun fire and missiles and Chris shoots a submarine with a missile/torpedo, destroying it.
  • A protestor blows himself up, sending a massive explosion that heavily damages Team America headquarters and seemingly kills one member, but we later see him alive (wounded, but otherwise okay).
  • Joe bails out of his helicopter just before a missile hits and destroys it with an explosion.
  • Terrorist zap Chris with some electrodes attached to his body.
  • We see a montage of terrorist explosions around the world, resulting in many deaths.
  • During a montage, we see Joe being shocked by electrodes attached to his clothed crotch.
  • Gary shoots several terrorists dead.
  • Various actors open fire on various Team America members who return the fire. During this and other fighting, a character's head is blown off and another appears deflated and bloody from such impact.
  • An actress is shot many times, falls out a window and then lands on the street below in a bloody/gory plop.
  • Some housecats (presented in the film as panthers and looking huge next to the small marionettes) attack several of them representing famous actors. We see the cats pulling at bloody flesh on those marionettes including pulling one's head off.
  • Various characters strike or otherwise hit other characters, knocking some unconscious. One then pours gasoline on those who are knocked out.
  • More hand to hand combat breaks out between famous actors and Team America members, while one of the women battles an actress with a sword. The actress is then cut in half and her top half falls away (with bloody results), while the top of an actor's head is cut off (with bloody results).
  • A famous actor is set on fire and dies while engulfed in flames.
  • Kim Jong Il shoots a famous actor dead, with bloody results and repeated shots of the man's head exploding.
  • A woman kicks a man who falls off a balcony and lands on the spire atop a German man's headdress, impaling the first man (with bloody results).



  • Reviewed October 9, 2004 / Posted October 15, 2004

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