Family Guy: It's a Trap!

  • Review Date: December 21, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 57 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Crude humor, pop culture references in animated Jedi spoof.
  • Review Date: December 21, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 57 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There may be some good messages inadvertently left over from Return of the Jedi, but this movie is mostly about behaving badly and making fun of things.

Positive role models

Chris/Luke Skywalker exhibits some of the good attributes of a Jedi knight, i.e. he refuses to let his anger get the best of him, and he chooses the more difficult road of good over the easier road to evil. But for the most part, characters behave rather badly and selfishly. Peter/Han Solo in particular is violent and crude.

Violence

This movie is heavy on the fantasy violence, with extra gore thrown in for comic effect. We see various creatures and Stormtroopers slain, with severed limbs, gushing brains, spurting blood. Characters shoot "blasters" at one another. Jabba is choked to death, and the Emperor kills two kids who are annoying him in a swimming pool. In one scene, "Han Solo" decides to ramp up the violence and forces some enemy troops to "dig their own graves" and "cut off that guy's face and wear it as your own."

Sex

Lots of sexual innuendo here. Leia appears in a revealing costume, and a character strokes her leg. We see "hot" girls in bikinis from time to time, and there are jokes about them. There is a reference to a woman's period, a reference to the shaving of private areas, and a website of Han Solo's called "hanjobs.com."

Language

"F--k" is heard at least four times. Other words include "s--t," "hell," "ass," "rectum," "Goddamn," "rub your wang," "dick," "poop," "damn," "crap," "butthole," "douche," and "oh my God."

Consumerism

The movie has a reference to "Chips Ahoy" cookies. Additionally, the DVD contains ads for more Family Guy products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Darth Stewie" is seen drinking in bar. He's playing an adult character here, and the character has adult intelligence, but the character is actually a baby. Also, we see a minor character smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Family Guy: It's a Trap! is the third part in a trilogy of Star Wars parodies, performed by the characters of TV's raunchy animated comedy Family Guy.  It sticks fairly close to the story, dialogue, and images of Return of the Jedi, and adds the usual combination of crude humor, sexual innuendo, and pop culture references with some strong language (a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t"). There's also a good deal of cartoon/fantasy violence, with severed limbs, spattering blood, and gushing brains, among other things.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The power blinks out in the Griffin household, and thus it's time for another Star Wars story (the first two were Family Guy: Blue Harvest and Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side). This time Luke/Chris (voiced by Seth Green) must rescue Leia/Lois (voiced by Alex Borstein) and Han/Peter (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), complete his Jedi training and face the evil Darth Stewie (voiced by MacFarlane), while his colleagues blow up the new Death Star with the help of the cuddly Ewoks. Will good triumph over evil, even though good stops to tell jokes every few seconds?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

During the opening crawl of FAMILY GUY: IT'S A TRAP!, an unseen narrator explains that the Family Guy creators were pretty much forced into this sequel, and that their hearts weren't in it; the narrator asks if we could lower our expectations just a bit. At the end, the characters make fun of the lowbrow humor of the show, and the talent receives a gentle ribbing.

Despite all these safety features, It's a Trap really does feel like a last-minute, half-hearted attempt, with only the most sporadic jokes working at all. It certainly doesn't manage to skewer Return of the Jedi very well (the fiercest barb is reserved for Leia's braided hair), and indeed sticks very close to many of the images and lines of dialogue from that 1983 original. Still, the complete fearless abandon of this show makes it amusing, if crude, overall, and it definitely has some clever ideas.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the extra-raunchy humor in this movie. Is it funny because of a quick shock, or does the humor go any deeper at any point?

  • What is a parody? What does it accomplish? Does this movie make Return of the Jedi look silly? Does it retain any themes or ideas from that movie?

  • Are there stereotypes in this movie? If so, what are they? Why are they treated as funny?

Movie details

DVD release date:December 21, 2010
Cast:Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, Seth Green, Seth MacFarlane
Director:Peter Shin
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Genre:Comedy
Run time:57 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 11 years old November 2, 2014
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Hilarious spoof is less rude than the TV show

Violence- 3 (Comedic Violence) Sex- 3 (Moderate Sexual References) Language- 4 (Frequent Coarse Language)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Parent Written byDuncanDerund September 14, 2014
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

Hilarious Seth McFarlane

Language:4 times f*** there is s*** and b**** d*** h** w**** d*** h*** and some TV-PG and even TV-G rated curses. Sex:Moderate and sometimes over-the-top references. Violence:Some gore and Star Wars typical violence. Drugs:Barely any.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old May 7, 2012
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

very bad for kids

and adults
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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