This movie confirms that heavy-handed satire built on a foundation of predictable humor and cursing is still not something I find entertaining. Also, that puppets are a hit-or-miss humor tactic. There were a few genuinely funny, witty moments, because Matt Stone and Trey Parker are funny, witty guys, but this movie felt shallow to me. Their other work has a depth I just didn’t see here. I was bored by it.
Also, I’m not really part of their core audience: people who aren’t old enough to see the movie in the theatre. I have a feeling that the movie did exactly what they wanted it to, but parody should, in some way, offer more than the parodied form (Jerry Bruckheimer movies). Often, Team America: World Police was just miming in irony.
The puppeteering and set work was pretty cool, though.
MPAA Review: Graphic crude and sexual humor, violent images and strong language – all involving puppets.
Ad Exec Review: Putting the “F” back in Freedom; Freedom hangs by a thread.