Team America: World Police (7/10)
by Tony Medley
I don’t like
cartoons and I don’t like puppets in movies, so I wasn’t expecting
much for this. In fact, I didn’t even attend a screening, but I did go
and, what a surprise!
the story. It’s the characters and POV that count. This attacks Alec
Baldwin, and his leftwing Hollywood actor buddies, and also pokes fun at
America’s new penchant for trying to solve all the world’s ills.
Created by the folks
responsible for South Park, the team is comprised of Joe, a
football player and natural born leader, Sarah, a top empath from
Berkeley’s School of the Clairvoyant, Chris a martial arts expert,
Lisa a top Princeton psychology major, and Gary, an actor (“because
that’s all spying is”). They are run by Spottswoode, their mentor.
They are all Americans with their headquarters in caves at Mount
Rushmore, and they view their task as policing the world.
On the other side
are Kim Jong Il, the North Korean dictator, and his dupes from the Film
Actor’s Guild (FAG), led by Baldwin, Jenine
Garafalo, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, and many others from the Hollywood
left. The good guys vs. the bad guys. This is a rollicking, politically
incorrect movie that everyone can like. I saw it with a friend who’s
slightly to the left of Lenin and she liked it as much as I did.
Although it can get a bit
wearing on me to watch puppets, this is so well written and so tongue in
cheek, that it was a pleasure.
October 23, 2004