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Meet the Spartans Review

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0.0

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 1.0
    9

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Witless, tasteless, formless spoof.

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  • 10

    out of 100

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Lazy, lame and painfully unfunny, Meet the Spartans is yet another scrambled-genre parody.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Overkill is what Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer do best: as the uncontested titans of the parody genre (with fingers in everything from the “Scary Movie” franchise to the more recent “Epic Movie”) they continue to prove that ridiculing other movies is much easier than making your own.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Writer-directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer basically reprise the tired formula from their earlier efforts, which is to throw in as many pop culture references as possible to cover up the lack of any real wit.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Less classic Mel Brooks than middling "Best Week Ever."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Dumb, raunchy comedy is a tired spoof attempt.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that plenty of teens will want to see this mindless spoof, even though (or perhaps because) it's riddled with gross-out humor fueled by swearing, bodily functions, offensive jokes, and cartoonish violence. Pop culture references -- and outright product placements -- are peppered throughout, too. We've seen it all before in films like Date Movie and Epic Movie, but it's possibly even less funny here.

  • Families can talk about why Hollywood keeps churning out this type of movie. What makes them appealing to certain viewers? What part of the humor works (or doesn't)? Do you think anyone will find any of it funny decades from now, when half of the references will have been forgotten? Does any of it go too far? Are there better examples of spoofs?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The film delights in making fun of everything by playing up stereotypes or relying on crude language. A woman clearly sleeps around.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Plenty of cartoonish scenes that are violent nonetheless: A dog bites a man's testicles; a parent and child head-butt each other (in the name of teaching the boy how to be a warrior); a spear lances through a soldier while another charges and hits a rock face, plucking his eyes out; guns are shot, swords are drawn, and a man cracks his neck performing a break-dance move; blood oozes out of a man's face.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Ample cleavage and booty shots; lots of scenes with scantily clad men and women; plenty of sexual innuendoes, many of which are somewhat homophobic (a man discusses warfare in terms of "taking it from the behind," for example); a woman licks her lips while staring at men; she also gyrates in front of older men who throw money at her; humans and animals (sometimes both) are shown in sexual positions.

  • language false3

    Language: Women are referred to as "hos" and "sluts," and there's the usual parade of "s--t," "damn," "a--hole," "b-tch" and more, as well as one bleeped "f--k."

  • consumerism false5

    Consumerism: At times the film feels like an endless stream of commercials for products like Coke, Nintendo Wii, Dentyne Ice, Gatorade, and more. One whole sequence plays out like a video game, Grand Theft Auto style. Mentions of TV shows (Ugly Betty, Heroes), films (James Bond), and video games.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A shot of Botox kills a man. Another man drinks a beverage thinking it's hard liquor -- but it's actually pee.

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