A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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