This one wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be — your average episode of South Park has more biting satire. As expected, the music was hilarious (especially the Montage song), though probably not Oscar-caliber — although I didn’t believe “Blame Canada” was Oscar-caliber either, so who knows. The marionette work and the “special effects” were certainly intriguing, and it is obvious that an awful lot of work went into making this film, but in the end I found myself wishing that they had spent more time following their penchant for subtle intellectual humor, and less time on the crude locker-room humor. Note to Parker & Stone: curse words are a seasoning, and too much salt spoils the soup. I’ll rank this one behind Baseketball, South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut, and Cannibal: The Musical. It had its moments, but it just wasn’t up to par.
What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
-- Richard Harkness, The New York Times, 1960
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