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I'm gonna try to get out fo working the evening shift, but I switched to it because a co-worker is takign the SAT saturday mornign and I needed to work the evening to make the schedule rearrangement work. It didn't bother me before, but now I wanna see this thing, so I'm gonna try to make it work!

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And from Sean Penn...


October 6, 2004


To Trey Parker and Matt Stone,


I remember a cordial hello when you guys were beginning to be famous guys around Hollywood at some party. I remember several times getting a few giggles out of your humor. I remember not being bothered as you traded on my name among others to appear witty, above it all, and likeable to your crowd. I never mind being of service, in satire and silliness.


I do mind when anybody who doesn't have a child, doesn't have a child at war, or isn't or won't be in harm's way themselves, is encouraging that there's "no shame in not voting" "if you don't know what you're talking about" (Mr. Stone) without mentioning the shame of not knowing what your talking about, and encouraging people to know. You guys are talented young guys but alas, primarily young guys. It's all well to joke about me or whomever you choose. Not so well, to encourage irresponsibility that will ultimately lead to the disembowelment, mutilation, exploitation, and death of innocent people throughout the world. The vote matters to them. No one's ignorance, indcluding a couple of hip cross-dressers, is an excuse.


All best, and a sincere fuck you,


Sean Penn


P.S. Take this as a personal invitation from me to you (you can ask Dennis Miller along for the ride as well) to escort you on a trip, which I took last Christmas. We'll fly to Amman, Jordan and I'll ride with you in a (?) 12 hours through the Sunni Triangle into Fallujah and Baghdad and I'll show you around. When we return, make all the fun you want.

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What Sean Penn might be refering to is the fact that part of the script revolves around Hollywood liberals. Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Michael Moore, Susan Surandon, all of them have puppets made of their likeness for this movie, and they are not portrayed the most flattering of lights.


Of maybe Sean's refering to something else.

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Saw this last night and laughed my ass off. Only criticism is that some of the best jokes I had already heard like 20 times in trailers on tv and radio but never mind.


There´s some quality songs in the film. Best are the Team America theme tune ("America, fuck yeah!") "I´m so ronery" sung by Kim Jong Il and the Montage song (which is actaully used in a previous South Park episode that takes place in Aspen).


The action scenes are killer with tonnes of blood and flying puppets. Brilliantly funny use of film cliches. Was slightly weirded out by the strangely arousing puppet-sex scene. Expect to see a whole new genre of web porn spring up soon.


Definitely need to see this film again, there´s always loads of stuff going on with quite intricate sets. I´m in awe of the effort it must have taken to make this film.


Also, the film has one of the funniest monologues ever about dicks, pussies and assholes. If I´d been drinking milk I surely would have squirted it out of my nose.


Rating out of 10: "Matt Damon" :D

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I loved it! I don't see why people go on about the political stuff so much cause this was more of a parody of American action movies than it was anything else, and I thought it was fuckin hilarious.


I think my favorite part had to be the puking scene.



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Oh my god, that movie was everythign I hoped for and more. I can't recall any movie I've seen where I was just giggling the whole time! Even in between jokes, the Brukheimer music was just continuously amusing. The songs were classic (The Pearl Harbor song and the Montage song were personnal favorites, but were all good). I'm gonna see this one many more times. Damn it was funny. Funny funy funny. I can't get over how damn funny it was! Funnier than the South Park movie. I think this is my favorite comedy of all time. I'll see if it holds up over multiple viewings like the South Park movie did, but my guess is it will.


It's a shame Stone and Parker have sworn off any more puppet movies, but this movie will live on forever in time.



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DVD came out last Tuesday. This movie isn't as funny on a small screen, obviously, because so much of the humor came form the granduer of the sets and stories set against the awkwardness of the marionettes, but it's mostly all still there.


OK, I know this movie was considerated a bit of a flop, barely squeaking into breaking even, but as of last year, the movie industry grosses more money on DVD than it does it theatrical ticket sales, and LOTS of movies now make more money in DVD sales than they ever did in theaters. This movie is an OBVIOUSLY candidate for a movie that could make a killing in DVD sales. That said, it deserved a 2 disc special edition with at least a COMMENTARY. A Stone/Parker DVD without commentary is like a Kevin Smith DVD without a commentary. It just begs the question "Why?" Like 90% of my DVDs have commentaries I'll never listen to, but this one I would have!


That said, I have no idea why this movie didn't make twice the money it did in theaters. Most of the time a great movie flops (Fight Club, Donnie Darko, Mallrats), it's because of a poorly funded or wholly misguided marketing campaign, but Team America was not poorly marketed.


1) There was heavy advertising for a $30M movie.


2) They made it a strong selling point that it was a movie by "The Creator's of South Park" (hence selling it directly to it's target audience)


3) It was pretty clear what the movie was about.


4) It was critically acclaimed (Rotten Tomatoes Rating 78% Certified Fresh).


5) They marketed it as being more 'Political' than it actually was, but for a mid October 2004 release, politics was on everybody's mind, so I can't see how that could have been a poor choice from a marketing stand-point.


So this movie's flop status really boggles my mind, but I wish the DVD had more special features.

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Yeah Matt and Trey are scumbags for that. Then again the mini-commentaries on the SP DVDs are great and the Cannibal! The Musical comentary is fucking great.


As for special features gimme some for biggerlongeranduncut before Team America. Bastards...Still gotta pick up the Orgazmo SE and see what the commentary on that's like.

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