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Meet the Spartans
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Directed By
Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Written By:
Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Carmen Electra, Diedrich Bader, Greg Ellis, Kevin Sorbo, Martin Klebba, Method Man, Sean Maguire, Travis Van Winkle, Jim Piddock, Nicole Parker, Jareb Dauplaise, Jessica Heap, Zachary Dylan Smith, Nick Steele, Theo Kypri, Kim Kindrick, Dean Cochran, Eddie Perez, Courtney Shay Young, Leon C. Carswell, Justin Smith, Sami Naveed, Elton LeBlanc, Belinda Waymouth, Ryan Watson, Robin Atkin Downes, Emily Wilson, Crista Flanagan, Ike Barinholtz, John Di Domenico, Jim Nieb, Chaz Smith, Kenny Yates, Vilayna LaSalle, Michael Arnona, Jearl Vinot, Jenny Robinson, Chris Gann, Danny Cosmo Higginbottom, Lauren Walsh, Tiffany Haddish, Dominique DuVernay, Tony Yalda, Tim Connolly, Tim Connolly, Nate Haden, Hunter Clary, Micaela Santos, Briana Barran, Willie Macc, Jenny Costa, Natasha Blasick, Rene' J.F. Piazza, Stephen Spell II

Meet the Spartans (2008)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
January 30th, 2008

I often wonder why I even go to movies like 'Meet the Spartans', knowing full well that I won't enjoy myself, because Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are the guys who did the abysmal Epic Movie, and do exactly the same thing here, spoofing everything one could imagine. In fact, I sat in awe of just how much was spoofed in just an hour of running time; I couldn't even write it all down fast enough. At heart, this is a parody of 300, with Sean Maguire as Leonidas and Carmen Electra as his wife, Margo. Ken Davitian from Borat plays Xerxes, still heavily pierced, and covered with lots of gold and ornamental jewelry. Some of the early scenes come very close to shameless plagiarism, but within a few minutes, the pop culture send-ups begin, that imposing hole of death the Persian emissary is kicked down into also claims Britney Spears and a host of others, and there are references to Shrek, Transformers, Spider-Man, Donald Trump, Dane Cook, Lindsey Lohan, Happy Feet, Stomp the Yard/You Got Served, Rambo, that idiot Chris Crocker from YouTube, and a variety of TV ads, all whizzing by with furious speed, and keeping certain viewers in constant laughter. None of those viewers attended my screening, which was devoid of sound almost completely; even teenagers did not respond that much to what they were seeing. And teenagers are the main demographic here. The PG-13 rating illustrates that. Friedberg and Seltzer obviously want to be raunchier and more vulgar, but have limited themselves so that teenagers with underdeveloped senses of humor could get into it without adult supervision, and I would say they misfired, but this was the highest-grossing film of the weekend, so perhaps it proves me wrong.

I don't want to come across as an elitist, a snob who cannot appreciate low-brow comedy, but seriously, with bad and lazy writing like this, how could I possibly react with anything but a groan? Mel Brooks did parodies right. So did Jim Abrahams and David Zucker. The Kentucky Fried Movie was a bunch of tasteless skits that I found hilarious. Airplane, Blazing Saddles, and The Naked Gun are some of the best. Maybe they worked because they did not try to cover so much ground at once and could actually build on something, and maybe had writers who could produce jokes that were actually funny.

I should also mention the fact that 'Meet the Spartans' has an ending credits sequence that stretches on for more than 15 minutes, which makes the experience all the more painful. A friend told me he thought the end credits lasted 21 minutes, but I don't know if that is right or not, I did not really time it, I left after 15 minutes and they were still going. I have no problem with those who may wet themselves watching this, from laughing so hard, the same was true for Jackass, but it just isn't for me. If that makes me unfairly biased, so be it. I can always pop in Monty Python or a Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Sam Kinison stand-up routine or any of the aforementioned movies to make up for the comedy that was sorely lacking here.

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Feb 12, 2008 11:02 AM
Very Well said i agree Epic Movie was not very funny as a matter of fact ever since the last scary movie the spoofs havin't been funny

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