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If someone had made a sequel to “Team America World Police,” it would have sucked. How about waiting 14 years and then doing a police procedural with pervy puppets and some human actors? That might not suck. And thus we have “The Happytime Murders” (2018). It’s terrible, awful, raunchy, funny, satirical – and oddly topical, if you catch the absurdist racial subtext – but it definitely doesn’t suck. If the premise doesn’t appeal to you, don’t watch it. If the hilarious shock of parody hardcore puppet sex hasn’t worn off in the years since “Team America,” come enjoy it all over again.

“Team America: World Police” is a terrible movie. Terrible in the same way your mom used to say “that’s terrible!” when your teenage brother would tell an off-color joke in front of her, even though you knew deep down she probably thought it was funny, too. This 2004 puppet film is an off-color kaleidoscope. It’s either brilliant or vulgar. Let’s call it brilliantly vulgar. The easily offended and politically hypersensitive won’t like it. It wields satire like a bludgeon as a group of American mercenaries battle terrorists. If you find hard-core puppet sex inappropriate, you especially may want to pass.