Family Guy: Blue Harvest

 
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Ribald but often hilarious satire of fantasy favorite.
  • Review Date: May 31, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 50 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Main characters on Family Guy are the spectacularly dysfunctional Griffins, a clan of suburban Rhode Islanders, of whom the family dog Brian has the most good sense and manners. Here, as the Griffins and their neighbors take the key roles in a joke retelling of Star Wars (Brian gets to be Chewbacca), some of their unsavory traits are muted or left out. But others are retained, and so we get the whole family (except Brian) laughing at the notion of literacy, and the neighbors Quagmire and Cleveland having promiscuous sex and smoking marijuana. And Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to be a child molester. 

Violence

"Cartoon violence" in the purest form, with spaceship explosions, shootings of characters (mostly bloodless), and a light-saber decapitation gag.

Sex

Verbal innuendo includes heavy hints that aged Obi-Wan Kenobi is a chronic child molester with an unwholesome fascination for Luke Skywalker. A light saber springing into action is metaphorical for an erection. The opening prologue of words crawling across the screen starts to digress about brother-sister incest, ultimately recommending a certain Angelina Jolie movie to the viewer for its extensive nudity and lesbian sex scenes. Declaration that C3PO has had sex with a dox-matrix printer. R2D2 says his droid sister is a "lez-bot." Male sportscasters speculate about the erotic skills of a pretty spectator. An Imperial Stormtrooper talks repeatedly about "boning" his girlfriend.

Language

God's name in vain, "holy crap," "hell," "bitch," "penis" and, in a DVD extra, George Lucas uses the BS-word. Stewie/Darth Vader does a series of borderline-swear-word excrement puns ("I Sithed in my pants").

Consumerism

Natural tie-ins to Star Wars, as well as Family Guy merchandise. References to Doctor Who, Airplane, and other, more adult-oriented movies, including the R-rated Lethal Weapon and HUGE plugs for the explicit cable-TV biopic Gia and the Cartoon Network comedy series Robot Chicken.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking, smoking in the cantina. The robots R2D2 and C3P0 smoke what seems to be a bag of marijuana, and C3P0 complains about "freaking out."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon satire of a fantasy favorite has some very adult-oriented humor (tending to be much more verbal than visual), with references to lesbianism, pedophilia, and drug use. The spoof of an opening LucasFilm prologue includes a hearty recommendation of a lesser-known Angelina Jolie movie for its graphic sex content. A few borderline swear words are uttered. Violence, at about the level of that in the live-action Star Wars (except it's all-cartoon) includes spaceship and planet explosions, blaster-shootings, and a few light-saber decapitations. Newcomers to the Family Guy universe might not "get" a lot of insider references and characters.

What's the story?

FAMILY GUY: BLUE HARVEST is an episode of the nothing-off-limits Fox Network cartoon comedy Family Guy, and takes a full hour instead of the usual half-hour to retell the story of the 1977 blockbuster hit Star Wars movie. A sudden power outage ends a session of slack-jawed TV viewing in the household of rotund, loudmouthed Rhode Islander Peter Griffin, but the family guy rises to the occasion by telling his brood a tale of "fathers and sons" -- the storyline of the first Star Wars feature released. In this version the Griffins, their friends, neighbors, Adam West, and recurring gag characters from the cartoon take on the roles of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and a disquietingly dirty-old-man-like Obi Wan-Kenobi.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Fans (and even non-fans) may be a bit surprised by this extended Very-Special-Episode of the animated sitcom that sometimes seems so full of pop-culture references and mini-parodies that the plotlines barely hold together. One well expects that series creator Seth MacFarlane and the vocal cast have so much fun with the Force and deliver big laughs at light-speed; too bad they end the thing on a rather somewhat sour note, with young Chris Griffin/Luke Skywalker calling his storyteller father "a big jerk" and leaving (this is an inside-inside joke about Peter/Seth MacFarlane belittling a cable TV satire Robot Chicken, done by Chris' voiceover actor Seth Green).

That aside, what's unexpected are some sequences that don't have gags at all, but are just dead-on recreations of classic LucasFilm moments as the gag script follows the original storyline faithfully. Revelation: the Family Guy guys actually love and respect George Lucas' history-making debut of the Luke Skyalker saga, and this spoof is as much a tribute as it is puns and non-sequitur references to Sanford and Son and Deal or No Deal. Among the DVD extras is a sit-down dialogue between Seth MacFarlane and George Lucas, who says his staff got a kick out of Blue Harvest.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the humor on display here. Sometimes Family Guy exhibits a pretty mean spirit when it spoofs popular culture, but the tone here is generally affectionate, maybe even...respectful. Ask kids about satires like Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein or Woody Allen's Shadows and Fog; can you sense the gagster's genuine fondness for the original material? With a bit of a video search, you can put together a home mini-festival of Jedi parodies -- many created brilliantly outside the Hollywood system by low-budget amateurs, some of which gained the approval of George Lucas himself (Hardware Wars, TROOPS, George Lucas in Love, etc.)

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 9, 2007
DVD release date:January 28, 2008
Cast:Adam West, Alex Borstein, Patrick Warburton, Seth Green, Seth MacFarlane
Director:Dominic Polcino
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Genre:Comedy
Run time:50 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written bystan101 April 29, 2012
 

awesome

awesome
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byteenreviews(17yrs) October 29, 2011
 

IT'S NOT GAY!!! In fact they make fun of gays (also bad) but funny

I thought, since it spoofed, it would suck, but it was hilarious characters sometimes drink the language is occasionally graphic "F--k you, you son of a b---h" or "holy s--t" but VERY FRIG-IN FUNNY!!! But iffy for 13+ My Rating: PG-13 for some strong language
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Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byFamily guy lover March 19, 2011
 

A little bad for kids but good for teens and adoults

Love it a little bad language and other things but it's awesome!!!!!!!!!!
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