A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut is a 1999 feature-length version of the popular animated series; this movie is much raunchier and more explicit than the TV series and anything else a child (or, for that matter, a parent) is likely to have seen. Strong language (often used by kids) is as rampant as the dark humor, and there are crass sexual references galore. Celebrities are bombed to death, are shot in the face, and commit suicide, and another celebrity is shown shooting ping-pong balls from her vagina. One character makes obscene and blasphemous remarks about God. Kids give a homeless man money for vodka in exchange for him posing as their "guardian" who lets them in to see an R-rated movie in a theater. The profanity and obscenity are taken to the utmost limit, and, as such, this is not something for kids.
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What's the story?
Art imitates life, as the plot of SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER, AND UNCUT has its quartet of third-graders sneaking into a Canadian R-rated movie and repeating the profanity they heard. This becomes so upsetting to the community that the U.S. declares war on Canada. One of the children gets a V-chip implanted in his head that shocks him when he says something inappropriate. And Kenny, killed once again, ends up in hell, where Satan and Saddam Hussein are homosexual lovers.
Is it any good?
Parents may think that nothing can be more outrageous than the South Park television show, with its macabre humor, strong language, and singing poop. They need to understand that this theatrical release is much, much more outrageous and inappropriate for kids. Clever -- but not for kids.
The movie has some sharp satire and genuine wit amid the over 100 uses of "f--k" and references to every kind of bodily function and singing sex organ. But any parent considering allowing a teen to see the movie should watch it first, as it is much raunchier and more explicit than anything else the child (or, for that matter, the parent) is likely to have seen.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the sharp satire and cleverness that are buried beneath the crass jokes. Are you able to appreciate the wittiness, or is it overwhelmed by crudeness?
How does this movie fit into a broader tradition of satire being used to ridicule the perceived shortcomings of society?
What are some other examples of satire, in movies, in books, and on TV shows?
Who is the intended audience? How do you know?
- In theaters: June 30, 1999
- On DVD or streaming: November 23, 1999
- Cast: Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker
- Director: Trey Parker
- Studio: Paramount Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 81 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: pervasive vulgar language and crude sexual humor, and for some violent images
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