The South Park series spent the better part of three years raising people’s eyebrows as a group of third-grade boys defied every rule in the book. But, despite the swear words and crass humour, Trey Parker and Matt Stone brought South Park to the silver screen, pushing the limits even further. Thus South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut hit our screens in 1999.
In a fitting plot, the film begins with Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny scoring tickets to the most shocking film in town – Terrence and Phillip: Asses of Fire – where the block-headed television comedians proceed to pull all of the stunts they were never allowed to in their regular television show. Terrence and Phillip are essentially given the keys to take their dirty humour to even greater levels – much like the creators of South Park.
The film proceeds to see the four boys develop even filthier mouths than they began with, sparking outrage from the town’s parental figures. The parents of South Park proceed to wage war on the entirety of Canada and demand the deaths of the two television stars. Kenny is (obviously) killed, sent to hell, and discovers Satan and Saddam Hussein (both gay of course) plotting their return to wreak havoc on earth. All in a day’s work really for Stone and Parker, but the feature film length certainly allowed them to let the storyline live to its full potential.
As expected we are faced with ridiculous swear words, religious jibes and profanity. What you might not expect is for it to be one of the most well-written and enjoyable musicals of all time. With inspiration taken from a handful of popular Broadway shows, the South Park movie hits all the right notes and delivers some really catchy tunes. The best part is that the ‘musical factor’ doesn’t in any way damage the film as it has done with many other television shows that have wandered down the musical path.
Tunes aside, the film also doesn’t feel too lengthy. You won’t find yourself wishing the film could condense the good bits into a half-hour episode because it’s genuinely funny from start to finish – if you’re into that sort of thing.
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut makes the cut as one of the filthiest films on the video store shelves with plenty of hilarity to boot.
I give the film four sexual innuendos out of five.
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut will run until April 21st on fetchtv Movie Box.
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