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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (R)
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Well, first I want to mention that when I was creating this page, I used the initials of the title, spblu, at which point I thought to myself, "Wow, that works out great because the movie totally went blue." This is something that I don't think had ever occurred to me, and I suspect it's a complete coincidence and utterly meaningless. But I wanted to mention it anyway because it makes me feel clever, or something. Next, I need to mention that the movie is incredibly fucking offensive and totally fucking awesome. It came out in 1999, during the third season of the TV series South Park, on which it's based. I actually saw it in a theater, at the time, since 1999 was the year that I had the most opportunities to actually see movies in theaters. (If it had come out in any other year of my life, chances are I would have had to wait to see it on video.) Anyway, I finally watched it for the second time ever, on DVD, in 2015 (at which point there have been 18 seasons of the show, and it's not done yet).

So... it's a musical, and there are a bunch of really funny (and offensive) songs in the movie. I think the only one I actually remembered at all, in the fifteen years since I first saw the movie, was "Blame Canada," which was nominated for an Oscar (but lost). Anyway, um... Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny (and Kyle's adopted baby brother, Ike) all go to see the Terrance & Phillip movie "Asses of Fire," which is rated R (just like this movie, how meta!) Actually, the South Park movie itself is probably way more "mature" than the Terrance & Phillip movie, which is perhaps ironic. The main four kids start using all the foul language they'd heard in the movie, and soon most of the other kids in town go see the movie, and also start swearing. This causes trouble at school, and Kyle's mom (Sheila Broflovski) calls a PTA meeting about it. She blames Canada (since Terrance and Phillip are Canadian), and she starts a group called Mothers Against Canada (though the group includes fathers as well, and probably most of the adults in town whether they're parents or not). MAC gains a lot of power throughout the country, and President Clinton even makes Sheila "Secretary of Offense." And um, when Terrance and Phillip come to America to appear on Conan O'Brien, they're arrested. This leads to trouble between Canada and the U.S. at the United Nations, and eventually, war is declared.

Meanwhile, as usually happens in the TV series, Kenny dies. This time we actually see him descend to hell, in a sequence that's surprisingly badass. And while he's there, he finds out that Satan is in a homosexual relationship with Saddam Hussein (who had died in an earlier episode of the show, several years before he died in reality). Kenny also learns that there's some kind of prophecy that would allow Satan to come to Earth and rule the world after a series of signs had come to pass, the last of which was Terrance and Phillip being killed. And now that the U.S. is at war with Canada, MAC are planning a USO show that will conclude with their execution. Kenny appears to Cartman as a ghost, to warn him about this, though his friends didn't really believe him when he told them about it. But they want to prevent Terrance and Phillip's execution, anyway, so they plan a rescue mission. They get some help from a new kid named Gregory, who is apparently dating Wendy (the girl Stan likes). And Gregory tells them about another kid, called the Mole, who can help them with the mission. Another important plot point is MAC's plans to implant V-chips into all the children, to give them electric shocks whenever they swear; but the only one this happens to is Cartman (which I kind of consider ironic karmic justice).

Anyway... I'm leaving out lots of details, and I'm not gonna spoil how it all turns out. But South Park itself has always been a show that is very funny and very offensive and often provides social messages (in this case, censorship is bad). As much as the show does all that, the movie basically cranks it up to 11, then I would suggest that it more or less says "aw screw it" and cranks it up to 20. I also want to say... damn, this movie makes me nostalgic for the 90s, but in a really weird way... it's like, so many of the references are dated, and so many of them were unpleasant the first time around, in reality. (It's like how you can look back on bad times and go, "Ah, good times. Good times.") But it's also hella funny and clever and awesome. (And did I mention offensive?)

Oh... and on a personal note, this movie came out probably about a year after I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Sometime, years and years later (probably at least a few years before the second time I saw the movie), I was thinking of the song "Blame Canada," and I thought it might be fun to write a parody called "Blame Asperger's." I put it off because I was waiting til whenever I might get around to watching the movie again and writing a review. And now that I've done that... I'm kind of not feeling like writing the song parody. But I still might give it a try, someday. Or not. Probably a lot of people (whether neurotypicals or my fellow Aspergians) would find such a song wildly offensive... but I also think it would be amusing. And I think that duality would be entirely fitting, considering the source of the original song. Anyway, even if I never do get around to it... I at least had to mention the idea, here in my review of the movie.


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