Directed By Trey Parker
By: Eric Greenwood
Jokes about ‘uncle fuckers’ and Canadians are always funny. Being offended by South Park is just sad. Sure, there will be tons of lame organizations claiming that South Park will lead to another Columbine with its gratuitous violence, blind intolerance, and trash talking, but that’s exactly what Trey Parker and Matt Stone want. Plenty of films have pushed the MPAA’s buttons, but none has ever gone this far and gotten away with it. South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut is the ballsiest film I’ve ever seen.
There is no method to this film’s fury other than to completely offend the MPAA for slapping it with an NC-17 rating, which Parker and Stone managed to have shaved down to an R through hilarious circumstances. Apparently, the MPAA would get hung up on one word and send Parker and Stone back to the drawing board, and the guys would come back with thirty minutes of deplorable violence and language minus the one word that caused alarm. The joke is that the MPAA would let it slide. Parker and Stone just rubbed the board’s noses in filth to point out the absurdity of its requirements and stipulations, and they approved it.
Underneath the easy laughs, though, South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut has much more to offer. Trey Parker makes a mockery of the Disney machine with musical themes that are nothing short of amazing. Dance sequences and musical numbers that resemble showtunes tie the film together tightly. Plus, it’s hilarious to see these characters burst into song instead of their expected potty-mouthed rantings. The lyrics to the songs are undeniably clever while pushing the envelope of decency. You’ll be choking on your Twizzlers within seconds.
Even if you’re burned out on the series or unimpressed with Parker’s and Stone’s other forays into film (Orgazmo, Baseketball, Cannibal- The Musical), South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut will not disappoint. Watching this film really feels like the uncut version of the series. No bleeps or quick cuts- just pure anti-politically correct comedy. Just when parents thought they could breathe a sigh of relief as the hype died down, South Park returns meaner and nastier than ever.