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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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."
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"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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The complete fearless abandon of this show makes it amusing, if crude, overall, and it definitely has some clever ideas. 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.
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