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South Park Review: Ben Affleck Doesn't Have Everything

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How far will one show and its staff go to make a joke about Ben Affleck?

Would they basically structure a whole unrelated plot around maybe a few snide references to him and the movie Argo, then at the end have a joke at his expense be the solution to the protagonist's problems? South Park would, and that's what "Going Native" accomplished.

Butters in Hawaii

Butters going unhinged on everyone was the highlight of this episode. Seeing him get angry at everyone and everything, calling out Stan, Kyle, and Cartman for their personality flaws, was so enjoyable because of just how out of character it was.

To top that, he went to Hawai'i and capsized a boat with a golf ball. That whole sequence was a laugh riot – probably the funniest thing this season because there's really nothing funnier than over-the-top violence. I may just be messed up, though: I haven't laughed harder at a movie in years than I have at Crank 2: High Voltage. So it's in that vein for sure.

Kenny is a hard character to showcase as well because of his propensity to mumble inaudible dialogue through an orange hoodie, but he was great this episode. His letters back to the mainland in the vein of old explorer, using archaic language like "on the morrow" before throwing in a description of an incredibly attractive woman in modern vernacular, was just a great touch.

The Hawaiian jokes seemed to be taking the idea of people who think they're "from" Hawai'i a bit too far, but that people like this exist is news to me. Maybe you've got to visit Hawai'i to understand it. It provided for enough silly shenanigans to justify the joke, though I did wonder what was going on throughout the whole thing.

Now, for the episode's big hook, that Butters' irrational anger was cured by realizing that Ben Affleck was married to Jennifer Garner and not Jennifer Lopez. If I may interject with my own opinion here: come on, Alias got stupid after a few seasons, but what's wrong with Jennifer Garner?!? She seems nice enough, and what has Jennifer Lopez done except make some terrible music and acted in terrible movies?

Frankly, I thought The Town was absurdly overrated, so maybe Garner is too good for Mr. Affleck. Argo sounded interesting until I discovered Affleck directed it and a friend who also disliked The Town was disappointed with it. Oh well.

While the whole premise was kind of ludicrous, and the main cast had little to do, this was another enjoyable episode of the series and a great continuation of this half-season, which has been extremely solid.

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    Yes mew. I wondered how many people caught that. A big part of Butters storyline is that he is the opposite of cool. I think that's why Parker & Stone chose him as the Affleck fan. They were totally yanking Affleck's chain i/m/o. You have to give it to Matt & Trey. They are probabley the most talented people in/around Hollywood today. Can't think of anyown that compares.

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    @Viewpoint

    (...)exactly those eco-arguments mentioned in the episode calling for a limitation of tourism and don't get the irony of tourists fighting against tourism.

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    @Viewpoint

    I think you completely misunderstood the episode. I have never seen someone of the people you mean calling himself "native", they call people who are not born in America many things but never "tourists", except when they take a picture from everything and buy stupid souvenirs when it should be appropriate. They don't try to adopt Indian culture like the guys in the episode did with Hawaiian. And they rarely look like those aged hippies.

    SP often get's quite abstract but sometimes like this time they mean it exactly like that: retirees moving into tropical tourist destinations for few years (not generations, which would not have been their fault but their ancestors), dress in what they believe is indigenous cloth (hawaiian shirts), change their dietary habits into wannabe-ethnic-food like The Chi Chi and use just a few local expressions whenever they can in order to distinguish themselves from the 2-week tourists. And believe it or not but some of them really use exactly those eco-arguments mentioned in the episode calling for a limitation of tourism and don't get the irony of tourists fighting against tourism.

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    I loved this episode because it focused on Butters and Kenny!I hope they get teamed up more often!

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    "Natives" episode had me cracking up. I live on Kauai and the creators of SP have a house here. They did a good job portraying this island. All the things in the episode is very true. Lmao @ the Safeway!

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    Thanks, Viewpoint! And yeah Tysen, "The Town" just baffles me. IT WASN'T THAT GOOD!

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    Thank you for bringing up the fact that "The Town" is overrated. Did not see what all the hype was about.

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    The whole native bit was making fun of how Colorado people of solely European descent call themselves "natives". Just like in the episode, they consider themselves better than everyone else by calling others "tourists" even though they just moved here five years ago. Even the multi-generation ones do not hesitant to use the term in front of Native Americans. It is very degrading to actual Native Americans, especially from pioneer descents that massacred them about one century ago.

    In short, South Park is making fun of those who use the term falsely.

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    I think this particular joke on Ben Affleck was because he lately commented that the time he spent with J.Lo was the "lowest" point of his life/career.
    Maybe it's their way of saying: Yeah, Argo was good, your career is doing ok, but you ain't married to J.Lo...
    Southpark has mocked J.Lo too, but I also thought it was pretty douchy of Ben to say that about her... it's in the past, just move on dude. You *don't* have everything now, nobody does.

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    I gotta agree with everything you said and point out one thing concerning butters. If you're a true fan of South Park you'll also realize that Butters is always the one in the gang that likes the uncool "thing". He usually has the opinion of the last person he has talked with or enjoys the sucky game such as Hello Kitty when everyone else is playing World of Warcraft. I think thats fact is part of the jab as Ben also.




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