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Scott Ventura >> Movie Commentary >> July 1999 >> South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

Movie Commentary by Scott Ventura


Scott's Rating:
5 / 5
Times Seen:
Viewing Dates on Record:
July 1999, December 1999
IMDB Name:
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999)
Trey Parker
animated-feature, comedy, musical
MPAA Rating:
R for pervasive vulgar language and crude sexual humor, and for some violent images.


There's just so much that's shocking about this movie. I'm shocked that it didn't feel like an overgrown episode of "South Park". I'm shocked that the jokes don't wear thin during the runtime, even if it is only eighty minutes. I'm shocked that swearing can still be this funny considering the desensitization one would expect after two-plus seasons of the series. I'm shocked that the musical numbers were so good, although with Marc Shaiman behind it I shouldn't be. And lastly, I'm shocked that they did some fantastic special effects for the underworld scenes.


One of the joys of Kenny is that he can say just about anything. Everything he says is understood not by hearing him, but by working backwards from the response. Every time a character correctly understands what Kenny says, it gets a laugh because of the backwards construction of the joke. Now imagine a movie where all of the characters can say things you can't even comprehend. Terrence and Phillip's new movie is the catalyst that gets the kids spouting borderline-nonsensical epithets that had me howling. Even better, there are big production numbers that feature huge crowds swearing their heads off, too.


In stark contrast to the banjo- heavy music of the TV series, the Marc Shaiman score here is orchestral and magnificent. There wasn't a bit of music that wasn't great. Satan singing about living on the surface like the classic underdefined-identity Disney hero is hilarious. Mr. Mackey teaching kids not to swear with a song is delightful. Oh, and how could I forget a new, extended rendition of Cartman's song about Kyle's Mom. You know the one!

Credit Cookies

Don't stop watching when the credits start. There are still a few treats lurking. Listen to the lyrics of the closing song. You won't be as surprised anymore, but I think you'll still find it amusing. Failing that, there's a bonus scene with Ike after you think everything is done.

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