Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side

  • Review Date: December 28, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 54 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Sometimes funny but crude Empire Strikes Back parody.
  • Review Date: December 28, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 54 minutes





What parents need to know

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

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


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


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.


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


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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drinking.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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

DVD release date:December 22, 2009
Cast:Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Seth MacFarlane
Director:Dominic Polcino
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Run time:54 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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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, there is some social drinking, It is Iffy for 14+ the violence is also pretty harmless, but some kids may not understand the humor of the show, It was fair, it could never beat Blue Harvest though, My Rating R: for language, because it said fu-k 4 times,
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byzackaback August 31, 2010


Love It!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byI_TellTheTruth January 7, 2011

IFFY 15+

LANGUAGE: 4 F-words, 2 S-words, 3 "d-ck"s used to mean "penis". SEX: Extremely crude/sexual humor. In the scene where Luke (Chris) gets his new hand, he asks, "So, is thing thing good to go?" and the medical droid answers, "Yeah, but practice on a hot dog first, otherwise you might rip your d-ck off."
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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