South Park has stood the test of time and remains an edgy, hilarious adult cartoon. It has also been one of my favorite shows for some time now. The film counterpart to the show, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, just feels like an extended length episode. Which for previous South Park fans, is great!
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut stars everyone’s favorite foul mouthed children on a journey to save their favorite Canadian television stars Terrence and Philip. After the parents of South Park blame Terrence and Philip for corrupting the American youth, the U.S. government kidnaps and plans to execute them. It is now up to the children of South Park to save Terrence and Philip and to prevent World war 3.
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut plays out entirely like a musical, with many original songs sung throughout. I find this choice to be strange, but then again, the show is beyond strange so it makes sense. After only one viewing I’ve had many of the songs (like “Blame Canada” and “It’s Easy M’kay”) stuck in my head as I go about my day. All the songs were catchy, and they felt very well written for what they were. I get the feeling the songs were written around the script instead of the script around the songs, which is definitely a good choice on the filmmakers part. The soundtrack is definitely one of the best and most enjoyable aspects of South Park : Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, worth the viewing all on its own.
Something South Park always seems well prepared for is to deliver a simple and important message in a ridiculously overblown way. The message here involves how American parents are always ready to blame or censor somebody else for their child’s problems, when they should really be blaming themselves (and or the child). I think this is a good theme for a film that you don’t see very often. It works well with the style of South Park and their anti-censorship convictions.
I guess the one problem with the South Park movie is its humor, which some might deem as insulting and distasteful. This is a legitimate concern, as its viewership is severely decreased by having offensive humor so frequently scattered throughout your film. However since South Park knows its target audience and plays to it, you can’t really blame or discredit them. Therefore I consider this problem only a slight nitpick.
So while its overly offensive and gross style of humor is plenty to turn away many heads, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut has enough charm and laughs to satisfy its audience. All the original songs are clever and catchy, and the film hones in on an ever important message not often told. So if you can look past the naughty jokes, I think you will be able to get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
The Verdict: A-