South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) – movie review

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut follows the classic characters from South Park as they venture to Canada on a mission to save Terrance & Phillip, two Canadian TV stars who have released a film with vigorous swearing, “corrupting” the children of South Park and causing Kyle’s mom to wage war on Canada.

There is also a B-story following a love-hate relationship between Saddam Hussein and Satan. The less said about that, the better.

This movie contains everything you would expect from a regular South Park episode except with one addition, songs. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a musical of sorts containing a full soundtrack of original material including the Oscar-nominated (I’m not making this up) Blame Canada as sung by Kyle’s mom (Mary Kay Bergman). 

This film really is just a South Park episode with songs and extended length. In fact, I think the title is perfect because it really is just a bigger, longer & uncut version of a South Park episode.

That being said, you’re view on South Park will entirely define your view on this movie. If you hate the show, you’ll hate the movie. If you love the show, you’ll love the movie.

Personally, my opinion on the show is half-loving and half-disappointed. Half of the time, South Park brilliantly satires topical issues that no one would dare touch and they do it in the most hilarious and clever fashion however the other half of the time, they’re just trying to create gags that feel childish. But thankfully, this movie places most of it’s humour in the former category.

The key topic that South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut touches on is the topic of South Park itself. The fictional show Terrance & Phillip is clearly (and has been noted by the creators as) a satire of the South Park show with it’s clunky animation and endless fart jokes, comments that have been received by creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

Matt Stone and Trey Parker sneakily throw in references to the fact that parents have complained to them that South Park is inappropriate for their children and they’re not wrong. South Park is indeed inappropriate for children, THAT’S WHY IT’S RATED FOR ADULTS.

The movie’s central plot begins when the main boys of South Park see the Terrance & Phillip movie when they’re not of the required age and become “corrupted” due to the excessive swearing. The parents of the children then proceed to blame the creators of the movie for it’s content rather than blame themselves for letting their children loose like that.

Speaking of controversy, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut also contains every other element that you should expect from the show.

The animation is exactly the same as in the show. No new special effects, no added character movement and no higher resolution. Exactly the same.

The voice talents are still quite impressive, from the originators of the show who voice 90% of the characters and from the guest stars (George Clooney, Brent Spiner and Eric Idle all make appearances).

And the structure is more or less the same as before; introduce problem, children attempt to solve problem, adults are the subjects of topical gags, problem is resolved, children say they learnt something.

Controversial as ever, Matt Stone & Trey Parker chose a perfect title for their film/hour-long South Park episode with it’s familiar animation, familiar characters with familiar voices, familiar structure, familiar outcry of hatred from parents and familiar gags.

In short terms, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is very familiar. It’s an hour-long South Park episode with some very catchy songs thrown in. If that excites you, watch this movie. If it doesn’t, steer clear, there is nothing to see here.

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