Team America: World Police



Raunchy action comedy from South Park team isn't for kids.
  • Review Date: May 16, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.).

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 Trey Parker and Matt Stone have created 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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:October 15, 2004
DVD release date:May 17, 2005
Cast:Kristen Miller, Matt Stone, Trey Parker
Director:Trey Parker
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:graphic, crude and sexual humor, violent images and strong language; all involving puppets

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Adult Written byage 10+ October 16, 2011


This movie is just plain not for kids!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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 action movies take themselves too seriously and all of the cliches associated with them, and I feel this film does a very good job. A big part of this is due to the fact that, well, Matt and Trey don't hold back. They literally did everything you could do with this concept. There's jokes about how the lead female in an action film usually exists partly to be the lead male's love interest (The song 'Only a Woman' really emphasizes this) they make fun of how the lead male is usually just the typical unlikely good-looking hero and that the casting of said male is usually just based on acting ability and not whether or not he'll make a convincing hero. I guess the one downside to this, well, two downsides that make this a bit weaker than the South Park movie is that, well, in South Park, the characters were interesting. Here, they just exist to fill certain roles and be walking jokes. The second issue is that, well, because of the puppet animation (Which does add to the visual humor, by the way), stuff that I could stomach in South Park looks a lot more gross here, like a scene where Lisa poops on Gary and, probably the most grotesque of all, Gary's barf-a-thon. I was laughing the whole time, but I also wanted to look away from the screen. I dunno, something about seeing that in the form of cardboard in South Park is just a lot easier to stomach, at least for me. Still, complaints aside, this is genius satire and I admire it for just how shameless it is.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 stomach just because of that moment!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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