Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side

 
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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.

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.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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
Genre:Comedy
Run time:54 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 16 years old Written byMr. Cond May 19, 2010
 

Perfect for younger kids

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bymanay_4511 October 3, 2010
 
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Too much violence
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Kid, 9 years old March 31, 2013
 

Great movie pause

Funny parody but a 4 uses of the f word also other crude jokes but it is good give your kids a change if they love Star Wars and don't copy swearing then should be fine

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