Meet the Spartans

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Dumb, raunchy comedy is a tired spoof attempt.
  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 36 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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.

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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... Continue reading
Parent of a 6, 15, 15, and 17-year-old Written by79awesome August 23, 2013

not a bad spoof

Not that bad its the funniest Jason and Aaron movie by far. It made me laph and feel weird but funny. Dont got me wrong it was pretty dumb but not as dumb as... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bydavispittman February 6, 2017

Nothing but male eye candy

All anyone needs to know about this movie is that there is absolutely nothing offered to the audience but male eye candy. All the jokes fall flat, the comedy i... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bybiovox14 December 23, 2016

Cringe, cringe, cringe.

This movie, was SO FREAKING STUPID! We don't need homosexual messed up penguins, or dogs bitings Spartans balls, or WORSE!! Do not watch this movie.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love comedy

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