Meet the Spartans

Meet the Spartans

Jason Friedberg (2008)

12 Certificate


Our Score
After enduring the torturously unfunny Date Movie and Epic Movie, one could be forgiven for concluding that the art of cinematic parody was in terminal decline. This latest instalment in Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's franchise hammers a final nail into the coffin with an utterly atrocious collection of imbecilic skits. The backbone of Meet the Spartans takes pot shots at Zack Snyder's high-camp historical war movie 300, as King Leonidas (Sean Maguire) leads his army of 13 soldiers (287 short) against Persian invader Xerxes (Ken Davitian). The resulting barrage of homophobic jokes about men in codpieces is propped up by scattershot send-ups of contemporary pop culture, from Paris Hilton to American Idol and Transformers. Moronic, offensive and likely to provoke concerns about the end of western civilisation, it's junk-food cinema at its worst. One cringes to think what future cultural historians will make of it... and us.


A fearless warrior king's daily routine of throwing people into pits is disrupted by Persian invaders, giant robots and random celebrities. Leaping into action, he vows to muster an army to defend his kingdom, but finds himself inconveniently short of soldiers. Adventure spoof, starring Sean Maguire, Carmen Electra, Kevin Sorbo and Ken Davitian.

Cast & Crew

King Leonidas Sean Maguire
Queen Margo Carmen Electra
Xerxes Ken Davitian
Captain Kevin Sorbo
Traitoro Diedrich Bader
Dilio Jareb Dauplaise
Sonio Travis Van Winkle
Persian emissary Method Man
Director Jason Friedberg
Director Aaron Seltzer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Some violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Mar 2008