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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While the story technically has some of the same heroic messages as Star Wars, they're secondary to the crass, spoofy humor.
Positive Role Models
Main characters are the spectacularly dysfunctional Griffin family. Here, as they and their neighbors take the key roles in a spoof of Star Wars, some of their unsavory traits are muted or left out. But others are retained, so we get the whole family (except the family dog, Brian, who has some good sense and manners) laughing at the notion of literacy and the neighbors having promiscuous sex and smoking marijuana. And Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to be a child molester.
Violence & Scariness
"Cartoon violence" in the purest form, with spaceship explosions, shootings of characters (mostly bloodless), and a light-saber decapitation gag.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Heavy verbal innuendo. A light saber springing into action is metaphorical for an erection. The opening prologue digresses into a discussion of sibling incest, ultimately recommending a particular movie for its extensive nudity and sex scenes. Declaration that C3PO has had sex with a dot-matrix printer. R2D2 says his droid sister is a "lez-bot." Sportscasters speculate about a spectator's erotic skills. An Imperial stormtrooper talks repeatedly about "boning" his girlfriend.
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"Holy crap," "hell," "bitch," "penis," "God" (as an exclamation), and, in a DVD extra, George Lucas says "bulls--t." Stewie/Darth Vader does a series of borderline-swear-word excrement puns ("I Sithed in my pants").
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Products & Purchases
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. R2D2 and C3P0 smoke what seems to be a bag of marijuana, and C3P0 complains about "freaking out."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon satire of Star Wars has some very adult-oriented humor (more verbal than visual), with references to sex, pedophilia, and drug use. The spoof of Star Wars' opening text prologue includes a recommendation of a lesser-known movie for its graphic sexual content. A few borderline swear words are used. 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Viewers may be surprised by this extended episode of the animated sitcom that sometimes seems so full of pop-culture references and mini-parodies that the stories barely hold together. Not surprisingly, series creator Seth MacFarlane and the vocal cast seem to be having tons of fun with the Force, delivering big laughs at light speed; too bad they end the thing on a 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 cable TV satire Robot Chicken, done by Chris' voiceover actor Seth Green).
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 gang actually loves and respects George Lucas' history-making 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.
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