Trey Parker as Gary Johnston/Joe/Hans Blix/Kim Jong Il/others (voice)
Matt Stone as Chris/others (voice)
Kristen Miller as Lisa (voice)
Masasa as Sarah (voice)
Daran Norris as Spottswoode (voice)
Phil Hendrie as I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. (voice)
The puppets. Now, these are very reminiscent of the old Thunderbird marionettes, but with modern twists. Seriously, about 20 minutes in, I forgot I was watching what amounts to a Jerry Bruckheimer puppet show. Their eyes, mouths and hair all function well and it is easy to forget you’re watching foam and string once the characters take over.
The lampoons. There are plenty of references to other films in Team America. From Star Wars to Die Hard and back again nothing is sacred. The real butt of many jokes in Team America center on the celebs themselves, most notably their penchant to get involved in politics – which most are simply unqualified to do. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Helen Hunt, Alec Baldwin and others all get skewered by Parker and Stone. Baldwin actually has a pivotal role in the film – though the real Alec Baldwin has no role in the film.
What Didn’t Work:
I noticed in the screening audience I saw the film with there were a number of young teenagers with their parents. Note to parents – don’t bring your 13-year old daughter to see Team America unless you either A) have taught them the ways of the world or B) want to teach them the ways of the world on the way out of the theater. This is not a kid’s movie. It is highly profane and fairly explicit even for puppets.
There is plenty I have not said about Team America in this review. I didn’t want to spoil some of the funnier plot points. If you’re looking for some mindless, adult fun, you could do worse that Team America. But if you go, be sure and stay through the credits to hear a song not in the film, but very important if you want to learn more about one of the film’s main characters!