Team America: World Police had a fair amount of big laughs, but it's not nearly as consistently enjoyable or as successfully satirical as "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Un-Cut".
To start Team America works best when it's parodying American action films (espeically Jerry Bruckheimer films (e.g: National Treasure (2004), Bad Boys II (2003), Bad Company (2002).) and simply, the puppets in general which are clearly lovingly crafted and perhaps creepily too life-like. This all goes fairly good with the nice 'clearly-written-bad-to-make-it-funnier' dialog of Team America.
This may have been better if it weren't so ponderous at times, as most of the Team America squadron members aren't memorable on their own. Perhaps as they are all too similar as puppets, it's not really clear. And of course, the things that plagues all of Trey's work is the juvenile need to offend, i'm not against gross-out humor, (see The Young Ones (TV Series), or the Monty Python and the Meaning of Life for my praise), but it's a hard art to master and keep fresh and smart. The closest we get in this film is to a hardcore puppet sex scene. While other topics such as Puppet vomit, to puppet gore fall under predictable on Trey Parker's standards. The rest of non-gross out humor in the film seems to fall astray to much repetition as the it's not sharp enough to be repeated several times with laughter coming from the audience (was the Film Actor's Guild funny the first time for anyone?). And on the other point, Trey Parker often try to add some celebrity tomato-throwing at people in their films and shows, but from what we see with Team America, it's hard to catch on what specifically offends the boys with Kim Jong-Il, Alec Baldwin, Michael Moore, and certain others, they just seem to lampoon for the sake of it without giving reasons why what they are doing is funny or why it makes sense.
So overall, Team America has it's moments, Trey and Matt know it does, but they seem to try and repeat them hoping they are funnier in repetition (they aren't) and they have their desire to shock us with poop jokes (no surprises, or shocks here), and they have surprisingly good puppetry ideas (hurray!).
So overall, we have a fairly average comedy. Let's see how we can show them up the next time boys.
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