The upcoming South Park flick might be subtitled Bigger, Longer and Uncut , but don't believe the hype.
Sure the big-screen spin on Comedy Central's potty-mouthed 'toon might be bigger and longer than the tube version, but it's not quite as unexpurgated as the South Park brain trust, cocreators Matt Stone and Trey Parker , intended.
The duo had to re-edit the film at least three times to avoid a box-office killing NC-17 rating from the prudes at the Motion Picture Association of America. Parker and Stone purportedly snipped some two minutes of footage from Bigger, Longer and Uncut to secure the more audience-friendly R-rating.
Unspooling June 30, Bigger, Longer and Uncut is an animated musical featuring our terrible tyke heroes waging war on censorship (natch) and Canada. George Clooney and Minnie Driver provide some of the celebrity cameos.
As far as movie musicals go, however, Bigger, Longer and Uncut won't be confused with Sound of Music anytime soon. A quick spin of the soundtrack (to be released Tuesday) reveals obscenity-laden ditties like "Uncle Fucka" and "Kyle's Mom's a Bitch" alongside the genuinely funny "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" and the Les Miz -skewering "La Resistance." (Which begs the question, will the South Park faithful get a song that parodies Broadway bombast?)
But to hear Parker and Stone spin it, the plot was secondary to the film's true purpose--vendetta. Seems the pair still harbors a grudge against the MPAA; they believe the ratings board unfairly dissed Parker's Orgazmo with an NC-17, a commercial kiss-of-death. Their revenge: Be as crude as possible, from the double entendre of the subtitle to the reputed love scenes between Satan and Saddam Hussein.
"We're spending tons of Paramount's money to do a big middle finger to the MPAA," Stone tells Entertainment Weekly . "We aren't trying to make a film that offends anybody--except we're trying to offend the MPAA."
When the MPAA slapped an NC-17 on Bigger, Longer and Uncut , Paramount, the film's studio, which had been promised a more viable rating by Stone and Parker, was reportedly none too pleased. The cartoonists in turn were forced to relent a bit, cutting the most offensive gags and a subplot featuring the oft-killed Kenny to secure the R. (We're guessing the South Park faithful are busy cranking out the fake IDs at this moment.)
In the end (no pun intended), though, the South Park tandem thinks they got the last laugh. Says Parker: "This film is really nothing more than getting our own satisfaction in knowing that the MPAA has to sit and watch this."
[ source: E! ]