Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side

Movie review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Sometimes funny but crude Empire Strikes Back parody.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 54 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Not many overt messages here except that being crude is funny. Yoda makes Luke recall best and worst nude female scenes from movies, praising traditional beauty and criticizing the rest. The dog makes a racist statement that results in feigned offense from the others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No role models here -- only examples of what not to do. But all is played for laughs.

Violence

Lots of cartoon violence played for humor, like when Luke cuts Ryan Seacrest in two with his light saber.

Sex

Lots of sexual innuendo and crude humor referring to sex, like when R2D2 inserts his tool into a computer and asks if she "likes it" and then her "husband" comes home and she says he was trying to rape her.

Language

Pretty constant stream of cursing, including "f--k." In the last scene the son says "f--k you, dad."

Consumerism

Funny parodies of product placements with actual brand names, like J. Crew and Allstate insurance.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this parody of The Empire Strikes Back done by the characters from the Family Guy contains the same level of crude humor and foul language as the Fox TV show. The cartoon is packed full with sexual jokes and references to race and homosexuality played for humor, which sometimes feel uncomfortably harsh. Cursing abounds, with the f-word in regular use.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byteenreviews(17yrs) November 3, 2011

Only so-so

so-so, raunchy for 14+ It has some pretty strong language "f--k" "s--t" and "d--k" it parody's the Episode V of Star wars, th... Continue reading
Adult Written by[email protected] March 28, 2010

IT's not that bad

it's not really that bad they only say the f word once so if your ok with your kids wacthing the series then the movie should be fine for them too see
Teen, 16 years old Written byMr. Cond May 19, 2010
Teen, 13 years old Written bymanay_4511 October 3, 2010

What's the story?

This sequel to Blue Harvest, the parody of Star Wars by the Family Guy crew, retells The Empire Strikes Back. Darth Vader (played by Stewie) hunts Luke Skywalker (played by Chris), who has gone off on his own to learn from Yoda how to be a Jedi. Meanwhile Han Solo (Peter) and Princess Leia (Lois) try to sort things out in the galaxy and end up saving Luke after his encounter with Darth Vader. Throughout the Empire storyline, the Family Guy characters interject near-constant pop culture references, including brief scenes from Rocky IV and Magnum P.I., and poke slight fun at the original film.

Is it any good?

This movie veers from hilarious to stupid and back again in milliseconds. The pop culture references are often very funny, though they sometimes distract from the story itself. Though the filmmakers clearly had fun finding silly ways to retell the Empire story, they take a light hand in making fun of the original's earnestness. The Family Guy series in general is often brave in tackling subjects many would deem off limits, but the result is often more harsh than clever and the intention seems more to shock than to critique.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about over-the-top humor. What is funny in this movie because it seems extreme, and what is disturbing for the same reason? Where do you draw the line with this type of humor?

  • Families can also talk about parodies. What are your favorites? When do parodies miss the mark?

Movie details

For kids who love Star Wars

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