Netflix February 2016_day.15 – Team America: World Police (2004)

_I’ve often felt that I’m not a good communicator. When I talk, I understand myself, but I don’t seem to be able to communicate ideas to other people that well. And it’s hard for me to figure out what needs changing to communicate my thoughts and feelings. Too smart? Too dumb? Fundamental differences in mindsets? I don’t know. It’s hard to say. But it shakes my confidence, to the point whee I feel like I’m probably not even properly conveying the entire point of this intro.

Probably should’ve just cut it and led with the movie stuff.


“Potty-mouth puppets with high-tech gizmos kick terrorist butt, mercilessly mocking every Hollywood cliché in the book.”

Don’t fuck with Team America: World Police.

_I haven’t seen Team America before. For a long time, it was one of those movies where people would go “Team America was fucking awesome, huh?” and I’d go “Haven’t seen it,” and they’d go “Whaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuuutttttttttt?!?!?!?!” And then I’d just go *shrug*

_It’s great how Trey Parker and Matt Stone do all the voices in this, and it’s basically all “random South Park voices.” It’s basically like every nameless guy in South Park is the voice of Team America.

_I was actually…expecting this to be more vulgar. Sure, the puppet sex would’ve basically been porn if it was real people, and there was a lot of barf in that other scene, but I’d always heard “They get away with so much in this because they use puppets!” Those were the only two instances where that felt true.

Not that the parts with dismemberment and decapitations aren’t gory or anything. I just expected the movie to go farther than it did.

Though I suppose the actor impersonations would’ve been harder with real people. You got me, Team America. You got me.

_Nothing wrong with “America (Fuck Yeah)” but I think “Everyone Has AIDS” is the best song in the movie.

_For a long time, I didn’t really watch South Park. I watched it for the first season or two, then just kind of…stopped. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it. It just kinda happened. A year or so ago, I decided, “Well time to watch South Park on Hulu or something” and watched all of South Park on Hulu or something. It wasn’t until then that I found out what a huge influence on US pop culture that show was. This doesn’t have much to do with Team America, but it felt like an appropriate time to bring it up.


_Feel free to come on down tomorrow where we watch sports the best way we can: As a comedy movie. Major League. See you then~

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