I did like it better when Parker and Stone stopped doing the media blitz like everyone else. Its ok, though, if they keep producing funny ass South Park episodes and movies like Team America.
Why should the movie have a message or take a political stance? I thank them for providing me with less than two hours of silly dumb guy comedy.
"When did they pass a law that says the people who make my sandwich have to be wearing gloves? I'm not comfortable with this. I don't want glove residue all over my food; it's not sanitary. Who knows where these gloves have been?" - George Carlin
Originally posted by Roger Ebert's reviewOpposing Team America is the Film Actors' Guild, or F.A.G., ho, ho, with puppets representing Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn (who has written an angry letter to Parker and Stone about their comments, in Rolling Stone, that there is “no shame” in not voting). No real point is made about the actors' activism; they exist in the movie essentially to be ridiculed for existing at all, I guess.
He's mad becauise the filmmakers didn't flesh out why these people have rallied against the war? How much time should they have taken? No real point is made about their activism....amazing...
Originally posted by more from the reviewThe White House gets a free pass, since the movie seems to think Team America makes its own policies without political direction.
The White House gets a free pass...evidently the filmmakers should've spent some part of the move explaining once again what Ebert feels are mistakes the administration has made in the war on terrorism.
Originally posted by more from the reviewAt a time when the world is in crisis and the country faces an important election, the response of Parker, Stone and company is to sneer at both sides -- indeed, at anyone who takes the current world situation seriously. They may be right that some of us are puppets, but they're wrong that all of us are fools, and dead wrong that it doesn't matter.
What does this have to do with the price of tea in China? Why does the fact that an election is coming up have anything to do with a review of a damn movie?
After reading his non-review opinion pieces and his review of Moore's picture, and now his skewing of the reasoning of THIS film, it's pretty obvious that Ebert has decided to agendize his job...
Okay, I finally got around to seeing the movie, and the song that is the best...well, nobody has mentioned it yet in this thread.
It is the tune set to the pro-America country songs by artists such as Alan Jackson and Toby Keith. Just the end of that song ("Freeeeedom...costs only a dollar fiiiivvvvve") made me cry I was laughing so hard. I also hope that the soundtrack features longer versions of the songs as the Pearl Harbor/Affleck song was too short.
Overall, I was very impressed by the movie and I laughed a ton. It doesn't quite measure up to the South Park movie, but it is a fun time.
Oh, and I agree wholeheartedly with Eddie Famous about Ebert and his veering into political debates. Roger was unfair to Team America: World Police.
RORY: So, is this party Grandma's having going to be a big deal? LORELAI: Not really. The government will close that day. Flags will fly at half-mast. Barbra Streisand will give her final concert...again. RORY: Uh-huh. LORELAI: Now, the Pope has previous plans, but he's trying to get out of them. However, Elvis and Jim Morrison are coming and they're bringing chips.
Just saw the movie tonight. I loved it. Dunno what else to say about it. If anybody went to see it looking for some kind of commentary other than, "Hollywood is stupid" then you'll be sorely disappointed. It also doesn't stand as well on its own unless you go into it realizing that the movie is parodying big budget action flicks, mainly because in order to properly parody, it also had to include parts that make those big budget action movies such dreck in the first place.
Good, good movie though. The puke scene was hilarious. The use of the "Movie Soundtrack" in that scene and others was awesome, and it amused me that those types of background pieces can still evoke the proper emotional response even if I'm only watching a puppet blow chunks.
Granted, NBC is picking and choosing its battles with this (i.e. first-runs vs. reruns), but if it can hold its own against other popular first-run 8 p.m. shows, *maybe* NBC has a good drain stopper for ratings for the time being.