South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (2024)

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

A lot of the movie offended me. Some of it amazed me. It is too long and runs out of steam, but it serves as a signpost for our troubled times. Just for the information it contains about the way we live now, thoughtful and concerned people should see it. After all, everyone else will.

Roger Ebert, ending his review of the movie

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is The Movie of that famous cartoon about the foulmouthed kids that airs on Comedy Central, released in 1999. The four protagonists -- Cartman, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny -- sneak into a Sunday morning screening of "Asses Of Fire", a new film starring their favorite Canadian comedians Terrance and Phillip. The epic amounts of obscenity they take from the film cause all sorts of trouble; their parents go on the Moral Guardian warpath after learning about their sons' new linguistic skills, kidnapping Terrance and Phillip, starting a war between Canada and America, threatening to kill them live during a USO show, and inadvertently allowing Satan to rise up and cause The End of the World as We Know It. The film has a lot to offer.

Plus, it's a musical.

For such a vulgar, offensive movie (it holds the world record for most obscenities in an animated feature, with 399; at 599, the live-action champion is the Martin Scorcese film Casino), Uncut is notable for quite a few things. For one, it's one of the fastest TV-to-movie adaptations in the history of Hollywood, South Park having debuted two years before. For another, the song "Blame Canada" earned the film an Academy Award for Best Original Song (Disney's "Tarzan" won, but Matt Stone and Trey Parker didn't take it sitting down). Above all this, the movie is just laugh-out-loud funny and benefited by some terrific original tunes, like "Blame Canada", "Mountain Town", "Uncle f*cka", and "What Would Brian Boitano Do?"

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is the Trope Namer for:

  • La Résistance

Tropes used in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut include:

  • The Ace: Gregory.
  • Adam Westing: George Clooney has a cameo role as a doctor who attempts to save Kenny's life. It goes without saying that Kenny dies, but the kicker is that the doctors replaced his heart with a baked potato.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: "It's been 5 months since a pack of wild boars trampled Saddam Hussein to death, and the world is still glad to be rid of him".
  • Angry Mob Song: "Blame Canada" and "La Résistance".
  • Anti-Villain: For being the Prince of Darkness, Satan's actually a big softy.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "f*ck, sh*t, co*ck, ass, titt*es, boner, bitch, muff, puss*, c*nt, butthole, Barbra Streisand!!"
  • Award Bait Song: Parodied with "Eyes of a Child" by Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers. The one that actually got award nominations, "Blame Canada", is not much of an example.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Satan kills Saddam Hussein and pulls his demons back to Hell.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Sheila Broflovski, Saddam Hussein and Satan. Amazingly, Satan is the least evil of the three.
  • Blatant Lies: Subverted. In his Villain Song, Saddam only says he can change, not he will change. Big difference.
  • The Cake Is a Lie: Sorry if you came to La Résistance hoping for punch and pie.
  • Camp Gay: Of course played straight with Big Gay Al, but this trope deserves mentioning for the number "I'm Super, Thanks For Asking!"
  • Canada, Eh?
  • Chekhov's Gun: The V-chip.
  • Chuck Norris Facts: Replace Chuck Norris with Brian Boitano and you have the majority of the song "What Would Brian Boitano Do?"
  • Cluster F-Bomb: When Cartman's V-chip malfunctions near the climax, his newly-gained electrical powers are fueled by this trope.
    • You could make an argument for "Uncle f*cka". On a grander scale, the entire film.
  • Conspicuous CG: A few famous people Kenny passes by as he falls into Hell (among them Adolf Hitler, George Burns, and Mohandas Gandhi) are rendered as this. Although they're not people so much as demons.
  • Dark Reprise: The dying words of Ze Mole are one of "La Resistance".
  • Demoted to Dragon: Satan may be the chief entity of evil in the universe, but Saddam is clearly the one who wears the pants in their relationship.
  • Deus Ex Machina: The entire ending, full stop.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: How Ze Mole dies.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Satan finally has enough of Saddam's emotional abuse and impales him on a stalagmite. Not that it makes any difference - after all, where was he going to go, Detroit?
  • Driven to Suicide: Conan O'Brien, following his My God, What Have I Done? moment.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Mothers Against Canada (except Sheila) support war with Canada, but not if it means their children are in the middle of it. Sheila learned her lesson the hard way.
  • Fan Service: Kenny sees Heaven as being full of topless women. When he's finally allowed in, two of them adorn him as an angel.
    • Fan Disservice: At the end of Big Gay Al's song, he bares his naked genitals to the audience.
  • Flanderization: Sheila's Jerkass and Moral Guardian qualities are taken Up to Eleven here. She even crosses several Moral Event Horizons.
    • Terrance and Phillip swear much more harshly here than in the show.
    • The boys had a reputation for having filthy mouths before, but it's also taken Up to Eleven in the movie. Of course, it's all part of the plot.
  • Foreshadowing: During the "Quiet Mountain Town" number, a news report says that Saddam Hussein (who appears in Hell as Satan's lover) was killed 5 months ago by wild boars. There's also a line by Kenny's mom that predicts Kenny will end up in Hell (which happens after he dies).
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A chart on the hospital wall where Kenny dies lists several doctors assigned to different things; the doctor assigned to "Kill Bond" is No.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The working title for this movie was "South Park: All Hell Breaks Loose." When they showed the original trailer to the MPAA, however, it was only approved for "Restricted Audiences", because "Hell" wasn't a G-rated word. So they changed the title to its current form, which (despite the much racier innuendo) didn't contain any words that weren't G-rated, and thus their trailer was approved for "All audiences."
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ze Mole.
  • Go, Ye Heroes, Go and Die: "La Resistance" is a very inspiring song for everyone who hears and sings it... except Stan, Kyle and Cartman, who are the three people it's supposed to be inspiring.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck: Cartman is reduced to this, since the "V-Chip" installed in his head shocks him whenever he tries to swear.
    • What Mr. Mackey tries to teach the kids by singing "It's Easy, Mkay".
  • Heel Realization: Most of the Mothers Against Canada have one when they realize that they have endangered their own boys with their actions. Sheila's doesn't come until it's almost too late.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kenny is willing to sacrifice his immortal soul in order to hit the Reset Button on the Canadian-American war. For his selfless actions, he is admitted into heaven after all.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Kyle says, "God, your mom sucks, Cartman" after the boys find an Internet video of her doing German scat p*rn. But considering what a Complete Monster his own mother is in this film, it's definitely throwing stones in a glass house on Kyle's part.
    • To be fair, it's not as though Kyle approves of his mother's actions and calls her out on her Moral Guardians Knight Templar Parent nonsense. He just gets tired of Cartman making musical numbers dedicated to his mom.
      • Also, Cartman's mother was almost as big a part of the moral crusade as Kyle's mom was, meaning that Cartman's mom is guilty of all that and doing German scheiss videos.
    • There's also the chance Kyle may have been speaking literally.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: When Satan throws Saddam Hussein back into Hell, he lands with a sharp rock going through his torso.
  • Inferred Holocaust: "All Canadian-Americans are to report to one of these death camps right away. Did I say death camps? I meant happy camps!"
  • "I Want" Song: "Up There".
    • The bridge if "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" serves as this for Cartman, Kyle, and Stan.

Cartman: I want this V-chip out of me. It has stunted my vocabulary.
Kyle: And I just want my mom to stop fighting everyone.
Stan: For Wendy I'll be an activist too, 'cause that's what Brian Boitano'd do!

  • I Was Told There Would Be Punch and Pie: The kids' lure to get people to join La Résistance.
  • Killed Off for Real: Averted in that everyone who is killed in the war, including Ze Mole, Mr. Garrison, Terrance, and Phillip comes back to life thanks to the Reset Button.
  • Knight Templar: Mothers Against Canada, and Sheila Broflovski in particular.
  • La Résistance: Trope Namers.
  • Mama Bear: Sheila takes this trope way too far.
  • Memetic Badass: In-universe: Stan mentions that Brian Boitano did three salchows and a triple lutz blindfolded, can breathe fire, fought the Evil Robot King, built the Pyramids, and killed Kublai Khan.
  • Men Are from Mars: Spoofed. Satan and Saddam Hussein are in bed together, and while Saddam Hussein is waving dild*s suggestively at Satan, Satan is reading Saddam Is from Mars, Satan Is from Venus (a parody of that famous book) and bemoaning their inability to communicate.
  • The Mole: Christophe DeLorn, The Mole.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Conan O'Brien, after tricking Terrance and Phillip onto his show so that they could get arrested, has one of these moments, and ends up jumping out his studio window to his death.
    • Sheila when she finally does a Heel Face Turn... after triggering Armageddon by shooting Terrance and Phillip.
  • Oh Crap: Cartman's reaction to Sheila being right behind him after singing "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch".
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: The Mole, who despises God with a passion and isn't afraid to let Him know it.
  • Politically-Incorrect Villain: Kyle's mom is this when it comes to Canadians - despite the fact that her own adopted son is Canadian.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Ze Mole does this constantly.
  • Refuge in Audacity
  • Refuge in Vulgarity
  • Redemption Equals Death Kenny uses a wish granted to him by Satan to reset everything to before the war, restoring the lives of a lot of people in the process. The last shot of the movie is of Kenny soaring to Heaven, while two topless angels grant him wings and a halo.
  • Reset Button: After Kenny inspires Satan to kill Saddam Hussein (who he was getting sick of), Satan grants him a wish, which he uses to get everything back the way it was before the war. See "Deus Ex Machina".
  • The Reveal: With Kenny. See Hey, It's That Voice!
  • Right Behind Me: Kyle's mom is standing right behind Cartman while he's singing "The Villain Sucks" Song, which leads to him having the V-chip implanted in his head.
  • Shout Out: Cartman's malfunctioning V-chip powers wind up making him look like a Super Saiyan.
  • Sir Swearsalot: All four boys (Stan less than the others) become this after seeing Asses of Fire.
    • Terrance and Phillip cuss a lot more (and a lot harsher) in The Movie than they normally do in the show.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when Cartman's V-Chip malfunctions.
  • Shock and Awe: A malfunction in Cartman's V-Chip during the final battle allows him to shoot electricity from his body when he swears; the more profane, the more powerful.
  • The Stinger: Ike eats a rat in the attic.
  • Take That: Several. The most prominent example occurred outside the movie, when Phil Collins beat Matt Stone and Trey Parker for the Best Original Song Oscar (for his work in "Tarzan"). Matt and Trey retaliated in the season 4 episode "Timmy 2000", where the kids take ADD pills and become so listless they actually tolerate Collins' music.
    • Who knew that "Barbara Streisand" was the foulest word in the English language?
    • "Now now, Canada has apologized for Celine Dion on a number of occasions!"
  • Triumphant Reprise: The reprise of "Mountain Town" at the end.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Barbra Streisand, one of the many profanities said by Cartman while his V-Chip was malfunctioning.
  • Villainous Lament: "Up There."
  • Villain Song: "I Can Change", "Up There", and "Blame Canada" (sort of).
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch". Thanks, Cartman.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sheila.
  • We Have Reserves: In the invasion plans of Canada, black people are put into units best described as "bullet shield."
    • They are, in fact, explicitly christened "Operation Human Shield".
  • What's a Buttfor?: "For pooping, silly."
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After getting killed yet again, Kenny thinks he's going to heaven. He's wrong.

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