Meet the Spartans
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 by 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).
Parody movies are supposed to be funny because they exaggerate the outrageous things that society finds interesting, topical or just repulsive – I get that. Unfortunately, “Meet the Spartans” chooses to just make fun of the events and situations that the common person found sleazy in 2007.
I was surprised when I entered the theater to a full crowd of mostly High School girls. With all of the sexual innuendo and overtly sexual themes of the film, even they seemed to be turned off in short order. As a reviewer, I’m forced to stay and watch the entire film in order to convey its content to families. Such was not the case with the rest of the audience. In and out, up and down they went for almost an hour and a half. My advice is to learn from their example and stay as far away from this foolish film as you can.