Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Previously, the #1 reason why the Alamo Drafthouse is the coolest theater chain in the country probably would’ve been its no talking or texting policy. However, that reason just got knocked off the top spot.
Fresh off the disappointing news that Sony Pictures has cancelled the December 25th release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy, The Interview, the Alamo Drafthouse announced that, in its place, they’ll screen Matt Parker and Trey Stone‘s Team America: World Police.
This won’t be at every theater for every screening unfortunately. In fact, as of right now, it’s just one night, one show, at one theater. But it’s a clever, wonderful piece of programming from a chain known for that kind of thing. Read more about the Team America The Interview screening below.
UPDATE: Paramount Pictures is shutting down this and any other planned screenings of Team America. Read more below.
UPDATE 12/18: Thursday, Deadline reported that Paramount Pictures, the distributor of Team America, has begun canceling any screenings of the comedy. Refunds will be given. No reason was given, but you can imagine they don’t want to take any chances or get involved. Original article follows.
Drafthouse announced the Team America The Interview idea on their Facebook page. Team America will screen December 27 at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Fort-Worth location. It’s a free screening and will be a sing-a-long, because of course it is.
Talking to the Hollywood Reporter, the creative manager and programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse Dallas/Fort Worth location, James Wallace, said “We’re just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation.”
For someone who may not understand the connection here, Team America: World Police is Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s 2004 R-rated musical puppet comedy about a group of elite American warriors who end up in North Korea tangling with Kim Jong-il, the late dictator and father of current one, Kim Jong-Un. It’s a very unflattering portrayal of the North Korean dictator that includes this incredible piece of work.
To be fair though, it also has some pretty unflattering words for Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and many others.
Like Rogen and Goldberg, Parker and Stone were met with criticism over the film, but the portrayal of North Korea was not the main sticking point. Mainly people were offended by the film’s graphic nature, its portrayal of America and political ideas. It went on to gross a respectable $50 million worldwide.
You can buy tickets to see Team America, in place of The Interview, at this link. Here’s the Drafthouse’s great description of the film and event.
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The world is different in 2014 than it was in 2004. Kim Jong Il is gone. I don’t know if Michael Moore is still around or not. But a lot of the brilliance in TEAM AMERICA is timeless. Acting is still the greatest gift any human being can possess, and it’s the only way to save America from the terrorists. Puppet f***cking is still awesome. And Matt Damon is still Matt Damon.
So celebrate your indendence this year with the Action Pack. We’ll have subtitles for all the songs and all of our favorite quotes, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to scream out “AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!” at the top of your lungs. And yeah, we will have American flags, red white and blue streamers, balloons, and more for everyone. And THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win…well, that’s your prerogative.