Team America: World Police

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Raunchy action comedy from South Park team isn't for kids.
  • R
  • 2004
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 43 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Sure, it's a parody, but absolutely nothing is sacred in this movie. Arabs are characterized as terrorists who have WMDs, Gary is in musical called Lease (a parody of Rent) which features a song about everybody having AIDS, and stereotyping goes to extremes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In this movie, leaders can't be trusted, and those speaking for peace are actually agents of destruction. Lots of stereotyping and mocking humor.

Violence

Gory and explicit puppet violence. Within the first five minutes, half of Paris is destroyed, while marionette people (including civilians) are gunned down with machine guns and bazookas; this theme continues throughout the movie. Characters are killed point blank and tortured, body parts go flying in explosions, there are numerous instances of decapitation, and someone is set on fire. An actor falls from a great heights and lands in an explosion of blood. Many threats of painful and explicit abusive acts. One male character forces another male character into a sexual encounter not because they're homosexual but as an expression of power.

Sex

The characters may be puppets, but in a few intense sexual scenes, nothing is left to the imagination. There are naked puppet bodies, explicit sex acts and references, bodily fluids, etc. The unrated version includes even more.

Language

Frequent use of very graphic language, including "c--k," "c--ksucker," "c--t," "f--k," "f---er," "motherf---er," "p---y," "s--t," "t-ts," "ass," "a--hole," "balls," "bastard," "bitch," "butt," " damn," "dammit," "goddamn," "hell," "jerk," "piss," "crap," "slut," "whore," "ho," and more.

Consumerism

Many Coca-Cola billboards, Morgan Stanley billboard, Levi's logo, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray, Grey Goose vodka.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Boswell always has a drink in hand, and he smokes. Characters celebrate with mixed cocktails. Gary get so drunk that he vomits violently over and over and over again, until he's lying in a pool of barf.

What parents need to know

Parents need to that although kids who watch South Park might be intrigued by this raunchy, over-the-top puppet action comedy from the show's creators, it's absolutely not age-appropriate for young viewers. The fact that all of the characters are marionettes -- and that all of the situations are played for comedy -- doesn't change the fact that the graphic violence and sex scenes are meant for adults only. Characters are shot, blown up, decapitated, sliced in half, and burned; in the sex scenes, they're shown fully naked engaged in very explicit acts. Plus, the language is vulgar to the extreme, there's drinking and smoking, and a fair bit of the humor relies on jokes that could be considered homophobic (for example, an organization based on the Screen Actors Guild is called the Film Actors Guild so it can have the initials F.A.G.).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynduns July 6, 2015

Much like Matt and Trey's other works, this is a brilliant satire that's more intelligent than most haters realize

First of all, this movie is for adults, parents. Never assume animation equals children all the time, alright? Secondly, this is a satirical take on how actio... Continue reading
Adult Written bytalfonso July 6, 2010

Watch Out for Gary's Excessive Barf-a-thon!

This movie is not only way out of line for kids, but the scene when Gary projectile vomits is more than repulsive. You better watch the whole movie on an empty... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byyourboi01 April 9, 2008

wasnt bad

south park movie is better than this
Teen, 15 years old Written bychildsplay176 April 9, 2008

Very funny, but not for kids (or anyone else, really...)

While I have to admit that I laughed my way through this movie, it is not for kids, or even people my age (I'm 15). The movie has a good moral, but the mor... Continue reading

What's the story?

Inspired by Thunderbirds, a 1960s British children's TV show, TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE follows the adventures of five all-American, good-looking heroes who are masters of everything from kick-boxing to rocket science and can toss off brave wisecracks while gunning down evil-doers. Their cool clubhouse inside Mount Rushmore has every kind of transportation and weapon system, as well as a swinging cocktail lounge. When one of the team is killed, team leader Spottswoode recruits an actor. Gary, star of the hit Broadway musical Lease (with the showstopping final number "Everyone Has AIDS!"), is brought on board because, apparently, the most important skill for fighting terrorism is acting ability. At first Gary says no, but there's something about saving the world -- or maybe just something about team member Lisa -- that makes him change his mind. Meanwhile, Kim Jong Il is plotting total world domination, and a bunch of Hollywood celebrities think they have the solution for world peace.

Is it any good?

South Park's creators have made a fabulously intricate puppet world here, with replicas of iconic monuments from Mount Rushmore and the Sphinx to the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal. And the duo takes such pleasure in being naughty that it makes their work more silly than smutty. In their best work, the outrageousness is in aid of a statement, a sharp attack, so that the four-letter words and cheerful bad taste transcend their schoolyard shock value to work as satire. But when there's no special point of view and they just decide to bash everyone on all sides, it runs out of steam quickly.

This latest venture would have made a hilarious 15-minute short, but at feature length it gets repetitive and tiresome. When the movie is good, it's very funny. But Stone and Parker go after everyone here -- people who want to fight terrorists, people who don't want to fight terrorists, people who are terrorists, and people who just have really, really inflated senses of their importance in the world. And so the satire is too scattershot to sustain the film.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what point the film is trying to make. Who is it really mocking? What are the filmmakers saying about celebrities who speak out on politics?

  • Would the impact of the movie's sex scenes and violent sequences be different if it was live action rather than animated with marionettes? Why or why not?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy and action

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