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Meet the Spartans
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After enduring the torturously unfunny
, 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
, 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
. 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
Travis Van Winkle
20th Century Fox
Some violence, swearing, sexual references.
DVD and Blu-ray
21 Mar 2008
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