I've never laughed at the South Park cartoon, neither at the original shorts on the web nor the Comedy Central show. In fact, it goes beyond me not laughing -- I actively dislike almost everything about it. Of course, when South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut
came out and got such good reviews, I was surprised. But then skeptical again, because a lot of people like the show, and I disagree with a lot of people. Still, I had friends tell me they also weren't fond of the show, but enjoyed the movie. They said it was much smarter, funnier, more subversive and satirical than the TV show, and I should give it a shot. But I never did. Then my new roommate moves in and she's got a DVD of SP: BL&U, and I figure I'd better at least check it out, since it's right there. So in I went with an open mind, but still you'd think there's no way I would find it funny.
And you'd be right. It's not funny. It's not that subversive or satirical, merely obvious and impotent. The music isn't amusing, the gleeful profanity isn't shockingly delicious, and the animation isn't endearingly amateurish. The whole enterprise is a bore and a half-assed hack job. I'll never see what people see in South Park. Its commentary on Hollywood and censorship seem to be as predictable and out-dated as the "skewering satire" of the Hollywood machine in Mulholland Dr.
Even the Clockwork Orange
homage was dull. Uninspired. I should have trusted my gut.