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Team America: World Police Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    I know this sounds like great fun, and some of it is, but there's nowhere near enough good stuff to fill the 114-minute running time.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    There is no room for subtlety. Aiming a rude, foul-mouthed political satire everywhere -- left, right and center -- Trey Parker and Matt Stone blow up a good deal of the world, not to mention the egos of many Hollywood personalities

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    When Team America works, it falls squarely into the category of guilty pleasure.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    I was amused more or less throughout by the ingeniously designed and executed stunt that is Team America.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Raunchy action comedy from South Park team isn't for kids.

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.).

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    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.

  • rolemodels true0

    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.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    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 false5

    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 false5

    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 false0

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

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and 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.