Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1999. Scott Rudin Productions, South Park Studios, Comedy Central, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Pam Brady, based on the television series South Park by Trey Parker, Matt Stone. Produced by Trey Parker, Matt Stone. Music by Marc Shaiman. Production Design by J.C. Wegman. Film Editing by John Venzon.
Cartman, Stan, Kyle and perpetual murder victim Kenny cuss up an electrical storm in this brilliantly hilarious spoof of both Hollywood movie musicals and the self-sanctifying moral indignation that frequently overpowers North Americans. When Canadian comic pranksters Terrance and Phillip release their classic film ‘Asses of Fire’ to theatres across the country, all the children of peace-loving South Park go to see it and come out swearing up a storm in mimicry of their beloved heroes. Naturally, the parents must look to see who is to blame for the fact that their children are not learning enough at home to resist the overpowering effects of the motion picture industry: why not blame Canada! Sheila Browlowski, Kyle’s hyperactive mother, convinces the government to take a stand against Canada and start a full-fledged war for the undue influence they’ve had on their innocent children. Little do they know they are no match for the powerful duo of Satan and his lover Saddam Hussein, the hell-abiding couple who are planning to take over the planet. The political skewering that Trey Parker and Matt Stone are so good at on their television show is even better here, and all their targets are struck with perfect aim. To boot, there’s a fantastic musical score by Parker and composer Marc Shaiman, which includes the classic songs ‘Uncle Fucka’, ‘M’Kay’ and Hussein singing to Satan ‘I Can Change!’ Marvelous film, and make no mistake about it, the songs really are good.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Original Song (“Blame Canada”)