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..South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999)
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut is just plain
funny. It's hard to understand, everyone in the theater except you knows all the
characters the microsecond they appear on the screen, and you can only figure out half the
jokes. But that half is really, really funny.
Before the show even
started the guy in the row in front of us turned and said: "Remember. Kyle wears the
green and orange. Stan wears the blue and red. Kenny has an orange parka over his
"Right," said the girl sitting next to him, "And don't
forget Mr.Hanky. I love Mr. Hanky."
This is a cult
already. People were roaring with anticipation half an hour early. A DJ got up on the
stage and announced a contest for people who could sound like South Park characters. Grown
men and women ran up to the front and made total fools of themselves, as the audience
hooted or cheered their efforts. It can't be easy to imitate the voice of a South Park
character. They sound like Beavis before 25 years of Joe Camel, or Tom Waits as a toddler,
or Marge Simpson four octaves higher. But since their every other word starts with
f, m-f, or u-f (where u stands for uncle), understanding every word is not crucial.
South Park will be called
socially irresponsible, but it's no more so than The Simpsons. Both of these shows
say more about the true shape of the world than Sixty Minutes or Meet the Press.
The filmmakers have plenty of opinions on plenty of hot subjects and they voice them all.
There are telling
political undercurrents all through this picture. Perhaps the most obvious is the American
Army brass telling all the black soldiers to form a human shield so they can die and
protect the rest of the army. "Haven't you heard of the Emancipation
Proclamation?" asks Chef, the only recurring black South Park character. "Ah
don't listen to Hip Hop," says the General.
There are also
wonderful digs at V-Chips, the Sexual Revolution (The Devil is having an affair with
Saddam Hussein who only wants sex and doesn't like to cuddle), mothers, teachers, Jews,
Bill Gates, shock d-j's, and movies named Asses of Fire. Canada does not fair well
(the entire UN lines up to ridicule the Canadian delegation for saying "aboot"
instead of "about."), and it is amusing to notice that Hitler, Gandhi and George
Burns have all gone to hell.
But if you could
only use two words to describe South Park they would have to be f_rt and
f_ck. Poor Kenny, who dies in practically every South Park episode, blows
himself up here by lighting a f_rt. He then goes straight to hell which is where the
fun begins. The theme song from Asses of Fire has this chorus: "Shut your
F_cking Face, Uncle F_cker." It is sung many, many times, and even reprised in the
amazing finale along with many other songs that have little going for them except music,
lyrics, and that they are very, very funny.
Oh, and Kyle finds
the clitoris, which looks like an overgrown pillow and talks. Rationally there is no
reason that should be funny. But in the movie it is. Everything is. I don't know how they
did it. South Park, Bigger, Longer and Uncut works. Go see it and get ready