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America: The Motion Picture

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Animated historical satire has sex, language, violence.

Movie NR 2021 98 minutes
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This movie is bombastic, absurd, over the top, obnoxious, and often hilarious (for older teens and adults only, that is). America: The Motion Picture is an animated satirical reimagining of the American Revolution. It's a crass and overblown comedy in the vein of Team America: World Police. It's not exactly subtle, but then again, neither is the country that the movie is satirizing. While there are many dumb jokes one laughs at in spite of themselves, some thoughtful (and funny) satire emerges in the midst of all the gags and exaggerated, well, everything -- satire on White male privilege, fragility, xenophobia, racism, and sexism (then and now), assault weapons, and the many ways in which contemporary American society is divided along ideological lines. As David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap famously observed, "There's such a fine line between clever and stupid," and this movie successfully mines humor from both.

It doesn't always work. Sometimes, the jokes are so obvious, an eyeroll is the only proper reaction. For instance, to present Samuel Adams as a jacked-up party dude frat bro who brews his own beer isn't exactly a groundbreaking premise, even if the stupidity of Adams' character results in some of the funnier parts of the movie. There's also a play on words involving "blacksmith" that is so obvious, everyone should easily figure out where the joke is going the moment the word "blacksmith" is first uttered. But overall, for fans of this kind of dumb/smart, dry, satirical parodic humor, the chaotic energy and total absurdity of America: The Motion Picture carry it through, and provide some much-needed levity in these uncertain times.

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