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Team America: World Police (15)
Directed by: Trey Parker
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

The latest film from Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the men behind South Park, is a response to how they have felt as Americans since George W. Bush took over in The White House, and as usual, controversy is never far from their work.

"Hey terrorists! Terrorise this!"
"Hey terrorists! Terrorise this!"

The idea for this film was born when Trey Parker stumbled across an episode of Jerry Anderson's Thunderbirds on TV, which he had never seen before and thought would be an ideal way to spoof generic action blockbuster movies.

Thus Team America is shot using state of the art puppets (or marionettes) with animatronic faces, instead of actors - but don't let that fool you into thinking this is a kids' film. While some of the humour is infantile to say the least, the themes, events and dialogue in this film are very adult indeed!

The result of all this, it must be said, is an incredibly funny film, that spoofs everything from musical theatre to Jerry Bruckheimer films, from George Clooney to America's anti-terrorist state of mind. The jokes and scenarios in the film are often juvenile, but that doesn't stop them being hilarious, and as usual with Matt and Trey's scripts, there are plenty of serious points to consider beneath the uproarious exterior.

The makers of South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut and my favourite comedy film, BASEketball have come up trumps again with another hysterical offering that should be seen by everyone who won't be offended by it - this is exactly how I like my political satire served!

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Length: 98 minutes
Certificate: 15
Official Site: http://www.teamamerica.com/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372588/
Release Date: 14th January 2005

Top Five Rating: 90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0% (90.0%)
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