Team America: World Police
Team America: World Police is a 2004 comedy film, written by and starring South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. It satirizes several subjects, including classic "Supermarionation" TV shows such as Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, the 1982 film Megaforce, and the George W. Bush presidency.
Team America, a military force designed to combat terrorism around the world, suffers a PR disaster when a mission to Paris results in them causing more damage than the terrorists they were trying to stop. Realizing they need a stealthier approach, team leader Spottswoode recruits an actor named Gary Johnston to infiltrate terrorist cells. Meanwhile, the supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-il is secretly plotting with several terrorists to start World War III, and using liberal celebrities from the Film Actor's Guild (F.A.G.) to distract the world while he sets his plan in motion.
Why it Rocks
- Very impressive model and puppetry work.
- Great soundtrack, most notably the film's theme song, "America, F*ck Yeah!".
- Good action sequences, especially considering that they're done with puppets.
- The "puppet sex" scene is just so over-the-top stupid it's hilarious.
- Despite the obviously wacky and silly nature of the film, most of the Team America members actually have well-developed backstories, and undergo character growth during the story.
- Makes fun of a lot of 80s action movie cliches.
- Skewers both George W. Bush's handling of the War on Terror (especially the invasion of Iraq) and the liberal celebrities who repeatedly criticized him in equal measure, and makes good arguments against the positions of both.
- Kim Jong-il is, like Saddam Hussein on South Park, a great example of how to really made fun of an insane real-life dictator and a psychopath.
- The "dicks, pussies and assholes" speech, which says that pussies (liberals) cannot be trusted to stand up to assholes (terrorists and dictators), and that only dicks (conservatives/libertarians) are really capable of defending the world, albeit pussies are still needed to keep them in check. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the speech's political message, the way it's delivered is still incredibly funny.
- The film's overall message about you ultimately need to defend yourself even if it makes you look like a jerk is still a relevant one today.
- Despite being a puppet movie, the special effects are spectacular, due to puppetry allowing it to be done with a lower budget than usual.
- The film does feel a little dated in certain ways, most notably by using Kim Jong-il as the main villain; his son Kim Jong-un has since succeeded him following his death, and proved a far more reckless and unpredictable leader than his father ever was, making the film's depiction actually seem kinda mild by comparison.
- The film's troubled production and underwhelming box office caused Parker and Stone to swear never to make another movie again.
- Not for the easily offended because it can be offensive to some North Koreans or North Korean citizens who escaped from North Korea getting away with their escape living in different countries such as the United Kingdom for instance.