by Ryan Arthur
It is, thankfully, a movie for the fans. It's brash, offensive, completely unapologetic, and, oh yes, a 14-song, full blown, musical. It's savagely funny, and wickedly smart. And odds are, if you have taste, you're gonna hate it.You know, if Time Magazine gave this thing a favorable review (and they did) then it's a strange state of affairs we're in, kids.
"Where's the clitoris? We've got to find the clitoris!"
So let's start there, then. Kids.
They'll see it. They probably shouldn't, but they probably will anyway. It was teens and up at my screening, one family of four, including one girl under ten. Her Dad enjoyed it more, I think. But on to the film.
I laughed, fairly constantly, for the opening hour. It all starts innnocently enough, as the kids try to sneak in to see the new Terrence & Phillip movie, "Asses Of Fire." But it's rated "R," and they can't get in. Yet, they do. Through the course of the movie, they learn swearwords that even I hadn't thought of. And they come out saying them, to each other and to their classmates. Soon, parents are up in arms and Kyle's mom decides to lay blame where blame is due: the Canadians (which is where T & P are from).
It turns into an all out war, with the U.S. declaring war on Canada, Canada bombing the Baldwin brothers (all of 'em), the U.S. threatening to execute Terrence & Phillip, and Satan and Saddam Hussein planning to take over the world. Only Eric, Stan and Kyle (and Kenny, who ends up in Hell) can stop the insanity.
And, as I said, in between are the musical numbers.
I laughed. I laughed in spite of it being so raunchy, and so offensive at times. No one escapes comment - Jews, African-Americans, Christians, everyone, basically. There's a message in there somewhere, noting the hypocrisy of being worried about kids and foul language, when parents should be worried about the violence. It's a free speech thing. Most people will miss it, though, because they're going to be laughing so hard.
I stress this: even if you're offended, you're going to laugh. You may hate yourself afterward, you may not even admit that you did it, but you'll laugh. Hard. All are catchy. Most are funny. A few have as much vulgarity as the movie itself (and believe me, that's a lot).
There are slams of popular culture, of Star Wars: Episode One (I was the only one in the theater who laughed at it), celebrities (note Winona Ryder's unusual talent with ping-pong balls) and, in the climax, an homage to Akira.
It's better than the show, because with all the swearing, it reminds you of The Spirit Of Christmas. Only longer.Fans (which I don't consider myself, since I've not seen the show in a year) will eat it up, prudes won't. You'll want to see it again for all the jokes that were missed due to the audience laughter drowning it out. It's worth every penny.
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originally posted: 07/01/99 16:53:40