Pimps, whores, drunks, gangsters, terrorists, corrupt cops and even corrupter politicians rap, dance, fight, cuss, fuck and steal throughout The District -- a wild Hungarian Hip Hop animated feature.
Ludicrous, but it works. Almost. Instead of reconciliations, the new wealth feeds the greed flames and draws the attentions of Bush, Blair, Putin, the Pope and more. The District bills itself as a "Hungarian South Park," and while there are similarities, this is misleading. Both deal with contemporary political, social, cultural and sexual events and themes with take-no-prisoners bravura, but where South Park is clever, The District clubs viewers over the head with the obvious. The film's true triumph is the animation -- an incredibly fresh mix of mediums both hand-drawn and computer generated that places odd-shaped, shockingly expressive, two-dimensional cut-out characters over deep, dense re-creations of Eastern European urban decay. Grade: B+