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Meet the Spartans – Film Review

Posted by danblog on April 10, 2008 in Reviews |

Background:

I produce a local radio station show with some friends and we reviewed a film this is what i thought of it…

 

On Monday we saw ‘Meet The Spartans’ at Cineworld.

Synopsis from website:

After successfully skewering Hollywood’s scariest movie   (as two of the writers on “Scary Movie”), romantic comedy franchises (“Date Movie”), and Hollywood blockbusters (“Epic Movie”), writers/directors/producers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer now set their sights on “300.”

 

The heroic Leonidas, armed with nothing but leather underwear and a cape, leads a ragtag group of 13 – count ‘em, 13 – Spartans to defend their homeland against the invading Persians (whose ranks include Ghost Rider, Rocky Balboa, the Transformers, and a hunchbacked Paris Hilton).

 

 

That’s the synopsis from the official website, what they fail to point out that all the other films they have made, are almost identical to this one – Aiming for cheaper laughs then a comic who is claiming their pension. This film is obviously supposed to be a “parody” of the film 300. Time wise this is a short film, of just over an hour, of course the length of the film does not show how good it is, as long as its content is good. But I do not think this is the case with ‘Meet the Spartans’.

 

So who’s in it? The cast include: Sean Maguire, Carmen Electra, Ken Davitian, Kevin Sorbo, Diedrich Bader.

 

 

 

Meet the Spartans is simply a badly shaken cocktail of recent trivia, movies, celebrity moments and internet pop-culture – including the infamous “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!” video posted by Chris Crocker on YouTube as well as a mickey take bad mom of the year, head shaving Britney herself.

 

This movie has MANY annoying aspects the most obvious being its target audience appears to be 10-year-olds with ADHD and a below average IQ, this is made clear by abnormally annoying narration – when Ken Davintian aka the fat guy from Borat makes his flamboyant appearance we are told that this character looks like the fat guy from Borat.

 

The obvious gay jokes and poorly disguised innuendos get terribly boring after the first few scenes.

 

While we understand that the purpose (if you can call it that) of this film is to parady trashy pop-culture, the writers blatant theft  of gags and cheap laughs from other sources are unimaginative and dull.

 

Now after this rather critical review I’m sure some maybe more cautious before spending their few quid to see it, but if you are the type which enjoys a cheap laugh, it’s something to watch at your local cinema – but a definite must: STAY AT THE END! I know of countless people who walked out of pirates of the Caribbean who then missed that crucial minute at the end and this film is in the same.

The ending sketches after the 5 minutes or so of credits, are arguably the best part. We stayed just to be sure we didn’t miss anything, and I’m glad we did or I fear this review may have no positives, the final jumble of sketches thrown on at the end show some trashy pop-culture including the Cruise George Bush, Tom Cruise as well as others being thrown into the pit.

I am not a fan of this form of comedy as you can tell as I think that diluted down one liners should never have the millions spent and the feature length cinema time wasted on them – Personally I’m a fan f original interesting comedy which keeps you laughing every time, I will take a good stand up any day!

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