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Leave it to Trey Parker and Matt Stone to make the one politically conservative film every Michael Moore fan under the age of 30 just can’t wait to see. Inspired by the “Supermarionation” of the ’60s TV show Thunderbirds—and perhaps in part by the wooden acting of Hollywood’s A-list—the director and co-writer, respectively, of Team America: World Police cast their latest entirely with blinking-eyed, moving-mouthed puppets. The plot, such as it is, concerns the superherolike security force Team America, which, after thwarting a group of WMD-toting terrorists who plan to destroy Paris, learns that an even bigger scheme is under way. Naturally, the squad recruits Broadway actor Gary Johnston, fresh off a successful turn in Lease: The Musical, to “act” his way into the terrorist organization. But soon Alec Baldwin, president of the Film Actors Guild (yes, it’s an acronym), organizes a protest against Team America and its tactics, unwittingly playing into the hands of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, who is planning “9/11 times 1,000.” That’s My Bush! with a lot more ’splosions? Not quite. Despite their avowed preference for being universally offensive, Parker and Stone seem to spend most of their time here proving the existence of South Park Republicans. Dubya & Co. are conspicuously absent, and the most prominent bashings are given to liberal Hollywood actors, in the form of marionette likenesses (but most certainly not the voices or cooperation) of Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, and others. As always, it’s difficult to tell exactly how far the filmmakers’ satire extends, but they do seem to take a grotesque delight in skewering their targets—in some cases literally—and the film’s final message is surprisingly pro-Amuhrican. True, there are a few essentially nonpartisan laughs, from the way Team America Bruckheimers half the City of Lights while saving it, to the now nearly legendary marionette sex scene, to Kim’s tender performance of, ahem, “I’m So Ronery.” But Team America suggests that Parker and Stone have a talent for more than just pissing off nearly everyone: They’re also pretty good at getting an audience to think it’s thumbing its nose at the Man as it swallows the Man’s ideology.—Jason Powell