|SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT (1999)|
Mary Kay Bergman
|"Ok, now let's try to get an answer from someone who's not a complete retard... anyone?"|
|Time: 80 mins.|
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Academy Award nomination for Best Song.
I'm not a huge South Park fan, though I will watch it if I happen to be at home. The show has the dubious distinction, at least for me, of being one of the most cleverly funny and completely stupid shows on television all at the same time. The in-jokes, and pop culture references make it worthwhile enough for me to sit through the farting, vomiting and other bodily function humor. The same can be said for the show's feature debut, BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT. This is not the best film ever made, but it sure is damn funny at times. I found myself laughing despite myself, especially at the "Terrence & Phillip" movie musical sequence, which is the funnniest use of farting since BLAZING SADDLES. I also was constantly tickled by hearing Stan, Cartman, Kenny and Kyle swearing like longshoremen. I know it's childish, but I just couldn't help myself.
They discover this new way of speaking after they pay a homeless man to sneak them into the R-rated Terrence & Phillip movie. Of course they brag to their friends that they've seen the film, showing off by cursing up a blue streak. This makes all of the other children want to see the film, which they do. The boys get caught when they insult their teacher Mr. Garrison with their new vocabulary. When their parents discover that they learned this foul language from the Terrence and Phillip movie, the parents ban everything to do with the Canadian duo. Since the cursing continues, and it can't possibly be the parents own fault, they decide to blame Canada for exporting entertaintment that's polluting their children's minds. To make a statement and put an end to the problem once and for all, they kidnap Terrence and Phillip in order to execute them. This, of course, starts a massive war, which the boys must stop in order to save not only their favorite entertainers, but the world from Satan and Saddam Hussien. Don't ask.
There is so much going on in this film, that it gets bogged down trying to make everything fit together. The scenes with Saddam Hussien and Satan are funny initially, but by the end of the film are rather tired. One long scene would have made the point and still been funny. Though there was more than enough plot to keep the film going, I still got bored about two-thirds of the way through. The whole war with Canada thing got a little strident and over-the-top. We get the message, entertainment is not to blame, parents are in charge of their children, blah, blah, blah. This is supposed to be fun. The only thing funny during the latter part of the film were the musical numbers, which were brilliant throughout, and the v-chip implanted in Cartman. BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT was not a bad foray onto the big screen, it just needed a little more focus and a little less message.
I also find the film somewhat hypocritical because they are obviously marketing this very adult product to children who should definitely not be watching it. This is rated R for a reason. If you're a fan of the show, you'll probably really like this film. If you've never seen the show, buyer beware. This is not a film for the easily offended.