Orgazmo
**** BM
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dian Bachar, Michael Dean Jacobs, Robyn Lynne Raab, David Dunn

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How do you go about reviewing a completely insane film about a Mormon missionary who takes a job in the porn industry in order to pay for his Temple wedding in Utah to his nauseatingly pious wife? I have no idea, but here's my shot.

Trey Parker's "Orgazmo" takes nothing seriously, which is always a plus, and the utterly ridiculous and hysterical comedy that unfolds here fittingly follows the insanity of "BASEketball" and "South Park," complete with plenty of non-sequiturs (the highest form of humor, in my book) and the goofball take on Jesus Christ. Parker is great as Joe Young, the Mormon Master of Martial Arts, and Dian Bachar is high comedy as Ben Chapleski - sidekick Choda-Boy to Parker's Orgazmo - and the two of them turn in a comic skewering of comic book superheros, religious fervor, kung-fu movies, pornography and even the media frenzy surrounding a popular movie. Matt Stone makes his obligatory presence known as Dave "The Lighting Guy" and is also perfectly ridiculous.

A stand-out, though, is David Dunn as A-Cup, who is to play Neutered Man, the arch-nemesis of Orgazmo in the sequel. His obnoxious-for-no-reason-and-in-the-weirdest-possible-way attitude is some of the funniest stuff in the film, although not for the faint of heart or short on humor.

I guess that could describe the entire movie, although I am a bit hard-pressed to explain why this movie was given an NC-17 rating. I am pretty sure I've seen worse than this in plenty of films rated R. Very little actual nudity, most of it a couple of male posteriors, and ridiculously faked violence. Apparently, nudity and reality-based violence is acceptable (a la every horror movie you've seen), but if you mock religion too much, the teenyboppers can't be exposed to it. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me, and I hope it doesn't hurt the business this film does, because it is a genuninely funny hunk of weird - exactly what I was expecting. Go check it out if you can, and if you are able to laugh at just about everything you can imagine. Nothing is sacred, as ususal, and maybe that's the way it should be in reality. At least then we wouldn't have people hacking up "Titanic" due to objectionable nudity. THAT is truly ridiculous.

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