Review by Chastity Campbell
Starring: Timothy Bottoms,
Carrie Quinn Dolin, Kurt Fuller, Marcia Wallace, Kristen Miller, John D'Aquino
Director: Jeff Melman
Video: 1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Extra Features: See Review
Length: 176 Minutes
Release Date: October 24, 2006
George W. Bush: Plus, all public TV characters have turned gay, Laura!
Laura Bush: That's not true! There, you can watch Lemmywinks.
Lemmywinks The Squirrel: Boy, I wish I had a big mouth full of nuts!
George W. Bush: Oh, not you too, Lemmywinks!
I am a South Park fan. Trey Parker, and Matt Stone caught my attention right away with the very first episode. Cartman is definitely my favorite, although Timmy runs a close second!
Back in 2000 the creators of South Park decided to put together a satirical look at the President and his family. This show would be bold, groundbreaking, and in the end very South Parkish!
Everything about this show was to be based on the winner of the 2000 Presidential Election. There were many working titles for the show, but as soon as it was narrowed down to two candidates they knew the show would either be called That's My Bush or Absolute Al!
After hanging out with the chads in Florida for a while, and recounting many tall tales, the votes were in and a winner was declared. Everyone was bushed, but Matt and Trey didn't let that stop them, and their new pet project hit the airways in early 2001.
The best production decision they made where this show was concerned...was to cancel it!
No matter if I am a Republican or a Democrat, I can unequivocally state that this show does not have one redeeming quality about it. I didn't even make it past the first episode before I had come to this conclusion and the other seven episodes only helped to solidify my opinion.
Satire has its place, as does slapstick comedy. However, when using those two together to bring the character of a partially aborted fetus, who never grew or developed beyond his pre-fetal form to life in order to get a laugh, well quite frankly it made me ill.
This show was made prior to the horrific events of September 11, 2001. One of the episodes features the President's college fraternity brothers showing up at the White House dressed as Iraqi's with guns. I cannot even begin to explain how unsettling that was to watch considering the state of affairs in the world today.
Am I being overly harsh? Maybe I am being harsh, but when I come away from something this offended, I cannot consider it entertaining on any level!
The video quality on this two disc box set was average. The prints were clean, but nothing about the colors or the filmography stood out. This show could have benefited from digital photography as much as it could have benefited from better stories.
The Dolby Digital Stereo mix was okay but the laugh track was very annoying. I would compare the laugh tracks to those on Married With Children. They were very fake, and the timing was not good either.
This Bush was not burning with extras!
Additional scenes are available for viewing, along with a blooper reel, and a photo gallery. Commentary by Matt & Trey will take you behind the scenes and give you insight into the men behind the man behind the podium.
I just do not have it in me to tell someone NOT to watch something. This is a free country and I am sure there has been a time where I have found something funny, and entertaining where someone else was repulsed or offended. Therefore, I say this to you...watch at your own risk!