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Meet the Spartans

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Dumb, raunchy comedy is a tired spoof attempt.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The film delights in making fun of everything by playing up stereotypes or relying on crude language. A woman clearly sleeps around.

Violence

Plenty of cartoonish scenes that are violent nonetheless: A dog bites a man's testicles; a parent and child head-butt each other (in the name of teaching the boy how to be a warrior); a spear lances through a soldier while another charges and hits a rock face, plucking his eyes out; guns are shot, swords are drawn, and a man cracks his neck performing a break-dance move; blood oozes out of a man's face.

Sex

Ample cleavage and booty shots; lots of scenes with scantily clad men and women; plenty of sexual innuendoes, many of which are somewhat homophobic (a man discusses warfare in terms of "taking it from the behind," for example); a woman licks her lips while staring at men; she also gyrates in front of older men who throw money at her; humans and animals (sometimes both) are shown in sexual positions.

Language

Women are referred to as "hos" and "sluts," and there's the usual parade of "s--t," "damn," "a--hole," "bitch" and more, as well as one bleeped "f--k."

Consumerism

At times the film feels like an endless stream of commercials for products like Coke, Nintendo Wii, Dentyne Ice, Gatorade, and more. One whole sequence plays out like a video game, Grand Theft Auto style. Mentions of TV shows (Ugly Betty, Heroes), films (James Bond), and video games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A shot of Botox kills a man. Another man drinks a beverage thinking it's hard liquor -- but it's actually pee.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that plenty of teens will want to see this mindless spoof, even though (or perhaps because) it's riddled with gross-out humor fueled by swearing, bodily functions, offensive jokes, and cartoonish violence. Pop culture references -- and outright product placements -- are peppered throughout, too. We've seen it all before in films like Date Movie and Epic Movie, but it's possibly even less funny in Meet the Spartans.

What's the story?

From the directing team behind Date Movie and Epic Movie comes yet another spoof, this time of the "swords and sandals" genre. Using the stylized, over-the-top 300 as its "inspiration," this spastic, goofy comedy is set in Grecian times. The not-so-mighty King Leonidas (Sean Maguire) faces the threat of an attack from Xerxes (Ken Davitian) and his Persian army. His captain (Kevin Sorbo, spoofing himself) manages to round up a ragtag army who'll gladly step into a "battlefield" that requires them to "step up," hurl insults, and break dance, all in the name of Sparta. Good thing they're not required to do much else, since they don't appear to be too handy with the weapons.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This dismally unfunny comedy is mindless and riddled with gross-out humor. It's also chock full of pop culture references that will date themselves almost instantly and tons of offensive jokes, stereotypes, and cartoonish violence. Skip it and watch a worthy spoof like Airplane! or Spaceballs instead.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Hollywood keeps churning out movies like Meet the Spartans. What makes them appealing to certain viewers?

  • What part of the humor works (or doesn't)? Do you think anyone will find any of it funny decades from now, when half of the references will have been forgotten?

  • Does any of the stuff in this movie go too far? Are there better examples of spoofs?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 25, 2008
DVD/Streaming release date:June 2, 2008
Cast:Carmen Electra, Ken Davitian, Sean Maguire
Directors:Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content throughout, language and some comic violence.

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Adult Written bynduns May 4, 2011

And yet this isn't Frieberg and Seltzer's worst film... ugh...

Good lord, how are these idiots still making money!? Oh, that's right, they choose to parody anything popular and people are dumb enough to be drawn in by it. With the exception of the first few Scary Movies, there isn't one film by these guys that can be classified as good. You wanna know what the most insulting thing is? These guys always take it upon themselves to blatantly point out the jokes for the audience, clearly showing that they think all moviegoers are stupid! Come on, people, stop watching their movies! They're the worst spoofs ever made!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byBrodie.Peace June 3, 2011

Rubbish don't just ignore it, try and destroy it!!!

Utter rubbish, homophobic and stupid story, terrible comedy, and I agree with bluebellblu, protect yourself kids, this is just not an appropriate movie
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written bymovieloverman1234 August 1, 2009
This movie was better then I thought actually. I mean it wasent that good but not as bad as some of the movies these guys have mad. There are sexual jokes and some language but its not too bad. Not really worth watching but if you do then atleast your not in for the wors time of your life.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing