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Guilty Pleasures – Team America: World Police

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Puppets have always been popular, but lately, there’s been a resurgence, with several projects on the way creating brand new oppurtunities for people to shove their hands up a fuzzy rectum.

It’s a small genre, but when it comes to the best film to ever star inanimate objects on a string, that honour belongs to Team America. Hell yeah!

Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.

Only from the minds of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, could such a ludicrous idea become not only possible, but brilliant as well. The duo set a high bar for themselves, then raised it even further when they decided to work with specially designed puppets, but the results were genius.

It wasn’t only terrorism that got a scathing mouthful of criticism as well, but the entire world that was subjected to their brand of comedy, as they lampooned everyone from the UN to out of touch Hollywood actors butting in where they weren’t needed.

But the real star of the show, was the music. Some classic gems include the late Kim Jong-Il giving his reindition of “Lonely”, while the rest of the world learnt that freedom wasn’t free, a paradox that somehow made sense.

And then there were the puppets. A few inches of wood and facial mechanics, handled by the deft hands of some skilled artists, and you truly did believe that MATT DAMON was mentally deficient, although my favourite was the Sean Penn puppet that confused fantasy with reality.

Sly, vulgar and filled with all kinds of violence and oral sex acts, Team America is one of the few films that actually became real. After all, is Kim Jong-Il, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi alive today?

I didn’t think so!

Last Updated: August 15, 2012

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