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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.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
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. 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.

The DVD retains - indeed, exploits - the crisp, amateurish colours of the cartoon, enhances the soundtrack (which is the creative engine of this big, long and uncut foray into excessive expletives) and generally enables you to offend your neighbours at will. You will be disappointed only in the fact that Trey and Co fail to appear in the commentary box, but perhaps they think the star of the release should be the movie itself. And true enough, what sort of commentary could you keep up for 90 minutes or so behind a cartoon?

The satirical tone seems to grow in inverse proportion to the shrinkage of the screen, and a whole lotta wild fun can be had here with scene jumps - if you're familiar with the material. The three teasers are exactly that so we won't tell you about them and the theatrical trailer is a hoot, a cheesy parody of all the worst excesses of pseudo earnest trailers for real movies. The video clip of What Would BB Do is another cool addition."

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


RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes

DVD RELEASE: March 2000

DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video

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