Review by Michael Jacobson
Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Robyn Lynne, Matt Stone
Director: Trey Parker
Audio: Dolby Surround
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Features: See Review
Length: 95 Minutes
Release Date: March 19, 2005
will Christ benefit from me putting my tongue in someone's mouth?"
most things coming from the mind of the South Park creators, Orgazmo is
wrong in so, so many ways. But man,
it is funny.
directed by and starring Trey Parker, Orgazmo was made in 1996 shortly
after he and collaborator Matt Stone presented their pilot episode of South
Park to Comedy Central, which was then rejected by the network because of
poor focus group testing. Sometime
during filming, the boys got the word that Comedy Central was going to give
their irreverent cartoon a chance to air, and the rest, of course, is history.
who knows...without that initial rejection, we might not have had this movie,
which is the perfect example of the kind of picture that makes you laugh loud
and hard even if you sometimes wonder if you SHOULD be laughing.
plays Joseph Young, a Mormon missionary from Utah serving in Los Angeles.
As a former Mormon myself, I have to marvel at how well he understands
the life of an elder, particularly the kind of responses you get going door to
door with your message.
day, he knocks on the door of a house where a big new porn production is
underway, and through events I'll leave for you to discover, he ends up being
offered the part of the lead, a codpiece wearing superhero called Orgazmo.
to say, such an undertaking is against everything Joe holds sacred.
But he's about to get married to his longtime sweetheart Leslie (Lynne),
and worried about how he can pay for a wedding in the temple and a place for
them to set up house in. And the
money he's being offered could help him on the way to all of that.
"Give me a sign if you don't want me to do it," he earnestly
prays...but somehow, the earthquake that decapitates his little statue of Jesus
doesn't quite register with him.
dons the costume, but refuses to actually engage in sex with the parade of
gorgeous starlets his character is supposed to conquer, leading his boss to use
"stunt..." well, can't use that word here. But that doesn't mean the scenarios don't get quite awkward
for our latter day saint.
befriends Ben (Bachar), who plays his sidekick Choda Boy.
Ben is actually an MIT graduate and a guy who likes to invent things,
including a real working version of the Orgazmo ray, which causes victims...um,
it turns out their porn boss is involved in a lot of bad things, including
extortion, Ben convinces Joe that it's time to don the costumes for real and
bring justice back into the world. In
the meantime, Leslie decides to pay her loving beau a visit to celebrate his
newfound success (though she has no idea what he's really doing out in
It's politically incorrect to a fault, to be sure, but Parker would actually push that envelope a lot further with South Park. Orgazmo is mostly just crude, sexy fun. It works largely because Parker's portrayal of Joe is actually done quite honestly...we never forget what a struggle of conscience this new life is for him. A missionary winning a John Holmes Award has to be a mixed blessing at best.
makes this a more palatable comedy than a film like the wretched Saved is
that the movie isn't there to make fun of Joe.
Trey obviously just thought it would be funny to take an upright, good
kid and put him in the middle of a sex on demand kind of world.
And he was right.
all things Trey and Matt, this comedy won't please those with more delicate
sensibilities, but then again, it wasn't made for them.
This film is for fans who like their hijinks high and their lowbrow low.
TRIVIA: Parker, Stone and Bachar
would reunite on screen in BASEketball.
wasn't expecting much from this Universal offering...I don't know why, but at
any rate, I was pleasantly surprised. The
colors are plentiful and come across with rich tones in this anamorphic
transfer. Detail level is generally
good throughout, and there was very little in the way of distracting grain or
anything else that would disrupt the viewing.
surround track is lively and dynamic, featuring some of Trey Parker's music and
a couple of action scenes that make the single rear channel come to life.
Spoken words are clean and clear throughout with no recognizable flaws.
are three commentary tracks to choose from, but the balance is a little out of
whack on them, making the audio of the film compete with the speakers for
attention. One track features Trey
and some cast and crew members talking about the film while drunk and playing a
drinking game as they go...a fairly amusing listen. A cast commentary features some of the minor players.
The "wild" commentary is a strange but intriguing one,
featuring some South Park crew members and guests like Kevin Smith and
"Weird Al" Yankovic.
are some tame deleted scenes, a documentary about this and Trey and Matt's other
early films, a behind the scenes featurette, a photo gallery, interviews, Easter
eggs, and about 40 minutes' worth of outtakes. Jees...that's about half the film's running time!