South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a movie with a Guinness World Record, an Oscar nomination and, miraculously, an R-rating. That R-rating contributed to it being the highest grossing R-rated animated film for seventeen years, too.
If the Motion Picture Association of America had their way, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut would have been rated NC-17, but the irony doesn't stop there. The kids of South Park; Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny sneak into an R-rated movie, discover all the swears and their parents condemn the movie for being a terrible influence; and this is exactly what happened in real life, not just with the movie, but with the hit TV show that preceded it.
South Park set out to offend everyone. The fact that this movie's main antagonists are Saddam Hussein and censorship goes someway to show how South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut prided itself on tackling current affairs, as well as its own form of social justice. It's a righteous warning against overbearing parenting, quick to blame popular culture for social issues, and the notion that cursing is bad on its own.
It's also a terrific musical, still holds up remarkably well 23 years later, and proves that, should we need reminding, animation is very much not just for children.
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