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'South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut'

By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 2, 1999

  Movie Critic

'South Park'
The animated characters from the TV show "South Park" hit the big screen. (Paramount)

Trey Parker
George Clooney;
Minnie Driver;
Isaac Hayes;
Eric Idle;
Mike Judge;
Trey Parker;
Matt Stone
Running Time:
1 hour, 22 minutes
Contains a flood of creative profanity, a smattering of sacrilege, plus animated vomit, flatulence, surgery, warfare and nudity
Only those who have never seen the delightfully vulgar Comedy Central cartoon on which this feature-length satire of censorship and popular culture is based will be surprised by the torrential barrage of obscenity and crudely-drawn grotesquerie that greet the ear and eye. Far filthier and a good bit funnier than Trey Parker and Matt Stone's sophomoric cable TV show ever dared to be – and laced with lavish musical production numbers – "Bigger, Longer and Uncut" concerns the ludicrous societal aftermath of a few precocious kids sneaking into an adult movie ("Asses of Fire" by the flatulence-obsessed Canadian actors Terrance and Phillip).

Following the lead of the foul-mouthed toddler Cartman (the voice of Parker), the town of South Park is soon awash in verbal delinquency, causing irate mom Sheila Broflovski (Mary Kay Bergman) to organize a "Blame Canada" campaign. War is soon declared and, with the execution of Terrance and Phillip imminent, Satan and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse get ready to ride.

The list of Parker and Stone's targets is endlessly satisfying: the V-chip, Hollywood's Baldwin and Arquette dynasties, Brooke Shields, Bill Gates, Saddam Hussein, Barbra Streisand, George Burns, hypocrisy and racism. Yes, the lampooning is more broad than incisive, but under the bludgeoning of this blunt instrument very few sacred cows are left standing. What's more, the film could even be called educational since, if nothing else, you stand to learn a few new vocabulary words.

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