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SOUTH PARK BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT

SYNOPSIS:
Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman weasle their way into a Canadian R rated movie which is heavy on fart jokes and foul language. The rest of the class follows and they all outrage their mums with what theyíve learnt. The outrage turns to anger and fear, leading to the formation of a vigilante group which sheets the blame home to Canada, and eventually to war. Things get so bad even the devil gets involved, in tandem with his partner, Saddam Hussein. The furore caused by the f word and its cousins claims many innocent victims and South Park is in danger of never being the same again.

"It runs for just 88 minutes but contains more ideas (and with 20 tracks, a lot more music) than three other movies put together. South Park is dark; itís subversive in its flagrant satirical attack on selective morality, deep seated social hypocrisy and the moral fibre of matriarchal America. (Itís the mothers whose fear of kids using f words starts the war, and thereís not a single frame or reference to anyoneís father.) Itís a film, in short, for all those who want to see American cinema shake up American insularity and ignorance. It is a radical film attacking censorship and will attract fear and loathing. And Ė from a different demographic - a squillion fans, who will relish the bravado and the editorial message. South Park oozes with creative juices (rather spicy ones) and the often misleadingly traditional musical styles are stapled to outrageously funny and vulgar lyrics, which sit within this musical conservatism, like anarchists on the benches of Parliament. All of this is entertainingly packaged in a fast paced movie with plenty of payoffs, and it manages to poke fun at the personification of evil with exceptional scalpels. It wonít wear your brain cells out, but it isnít a waste of time, either. Youíll cackle and guffaw your way through this redneck little mountain town and its folks, always a touch unsure if it is crossing the boundaries of bad taste or just slicing your liver. Itís a wicked razor."
Andrew L. Urban

"Vulgar and obscene, South Park Bigger Longer & Uncut is a biting, irreverent comment on society that will make you laugh till you squirm. It really sucks you in. The unbridled wit of Trey Parker and Matt Stone is fast, furious and very clever. Here is cool, hip adult satire, where absolutely nothing is sacred. The characters might look cute and innocent, but don't let looks fool you. It is blatantly crass, outright blasphemous, yet exudes an appealing naivete that is most compelling. The fans will go berserk; the uninitiated will wonder why they were slow to catch on. All your favourite characters are there, but this is not a longer version of the TV series. It's as though the rehearsal is over and opening night is here. Structured like a musical, Parker's cool, catchy songs will get your toes tapping, and you'll find yourself singing tunes whose lyrics would make a sailor blush. The musical segments are Broadway-style show stoppers taking their reference from musicals we know; I love the counsellor's hat and cane routine as he preaches rehabilitation to the foul-mouthed kids, and Satan's poignant ballad justifying how evil must be good (because without evil there is no good), is a surprise. Marc Shaiman's score is big and bold; this is a soundtrack that will go through the roof. South Park, with its cutting edge humour, takes over where The Simpsons left off, with all restraints pertaining to good taste thrown out the window. Beyond the profanities and toilet humour, there is a sharp wit; the more references you can tap into, the more you will get out of this innovative script. There's no chance you won't be offended somewhere along the way Ė possibly when you meet a sex-crazed Sadam Hussein who is having a gay relationship with larger-than-life Satan. Colourful, crude and zinging with laughs, South Park Bigger Longer & Uncut is not for children Ė it's for the child in you."
Louise Keller



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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0
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ANDREW L. URBAN
takes a walk in the park

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SOFCOM MOVIE TIMES

SOUTH PARK: BIGGER LONGER & UNCUT(MA)
(US)

VOICES: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes

DIRECTOR, CREATOR, PRODUCER: Trey Parker

PRODUCER, CREATOR, WRITER: Matt Stone

PRODUCERS: Scott Rudin, Adam Schroeder

SCRIPT: Pam Brady

ANIMATION DIRECTOR: Eric Stough

ANIMATION PRODUCER: Frank C. Agnone II

CINEMATOGRAPHER:

EDITOR: John H. Venzon

MUSIC: Marc Shaiman

SOUND DESIGN: Bruce Howell

RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 15, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE: January 30, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video







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