First off, I never would have thought that a Comedy Central TV show featuring animated eight-year olds who curse like I used to (I still do, who am I kidding?), is transformed into a 94 minute movie with abundant musical numbers and (gasp!) an Oscar-nominated song performed by Robin Williams at said awards ceremony. Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone created a dazzling, hilarious, and unpredictable movie, filled with musical numbers, and vocal cameos from George Clooney, Dave Foley and Eric Idle, …o name a few.
To mirror a situation not unlike what probably happened to this film in real life, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Eric sneak into the R-rated, Terrance and Phillip feature film vehicle “Asses of Fire.” After the 3 hour run time, the boys come out with a streak of blue as big as Cartman’s ass, with profane gems like “testicle shitting rectal wart” and “donkey raping shit eater.” And since kids will imitate ANYTHING they see in the movies or on TV, they try to imitate a stunt where you can light a fart on fire. The stunt leads to tragic results (if you’re unsure who may have perished doing the stunt, you haven’t watched the show), and Kyle’s Mom is so offended by what happens, she rallies the town around a campaign (which gains national momentum) to blame Terrance and Phillip, and on a larger scale, to blame Canada as a whole. After boycotts and diplomatic negotiations falter, the ante is upped when Terrance and Phillip are arrested for indecency on the Conan O’Brien show. The Canadians are forced to respond they only way they know how; by carpet bombing the vaunted Baldwin and Arquette acting families. The tensions eventually lead to a return to Earth by Satan, along with everyone’s favorite dictator (and Satan’s manipulating love interest) Saddam Hussein.
It’s South Park, you’re either gonna love it or hate it, there really isn’t a neutral stance on it. Suffice to say, this humble reviewer thought it was pretty funny and was a great take on the existing TV product that was there.
the soundtrack actually has some speaker panning in some scenes that surprised me all the more, but most of what you’re going to hear is in front of you, from Cartman’s problems with the V-Chip to the Bill Gates’ rapid entrance and exit in the film. I even thought I heard the subwoofer pipe in during the remixed version of “Uncle Fucker.” I didn’t get any response from the rear speakers during the USO show, so while the soundtrack can be a bit spotty, it does the job.
The colors in the film are very well done, and the construction paper look ensures that it’s as good as it’s going to look.
I understand the boys had quite a bit of trouble in getting the movie made, which is probably the reason for a huge lack of extra material here, two trailers and the teaser are the only things you’re going to find.
Fans of South Park should have no reservations in picking up Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The audio and video quality is decent enough, and the content alone make it one to have in your library. An open note to Warner, get cracking and put out the rest of the seasons post haste!
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