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Team America: World Police (2004)

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Details Release Date: Oct 15, 2004; Rated: R; Length: 98 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Trey Parker and Matt Stone; Distributor: Paramount Pictures; More

Five years after ''South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut,'' Trey Parker and Matt Stone are launching their sophomore film effort...involving, uh, marionettes who kick ass and, uh...let Stone explain: ''We wanted to f--- up some puppets. The whole idea behind the movie is just f---ing killing puppets.'' Thus, the duo has made an R-rated, all-marionette action flick about a group of superagent types that takes satiric jabs at conservatives and liberals (and has already spawned a Drudge Report worrying that it mocks the war on terror).

Along the way, Parker and Stone experienced some tangles: First, Paramount got nervous about financing an R-rated puppet movie...so the directors sacrificed their up-front fees. Then the filmmakers discovered the limitations of their actors (''Puppets can't do s---,'' says Parker), which caused scheduling overruns and budget increases...which forced the two to give up their back-end deal. ''So we're just total bitches now,'' Parker says. But they'll have the film to show for their pains, right? Concludes Parker: ''If that sucks, then I just f---ed myself harder than anyone.''

WHAT'S AT STAKE Four-word recap: R-rated puppet movie.

Originally posted Aug 10, 2004 Published in issue #779-780 Aug 20, 2004 Order article reprints