Meet the Spartans
Rated PG-13; Directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer; Starring Sean Maguire, Carmen Electra, Kevin Sorbo, Kevin Davitian, Diedrich Bader
Seeing Meet the Spartans brings up the challenge of writing movie reviews. I am required to come up with so many words –270 in this case – yet 270 words seems an impossible task. After all, who needs 270 words when only two words will do? It sucks.
So to pad out this review you need to know that Meet the Spartans is a spoof of the film 300. Seeing 300 may help get the movie references, but it still doesn’t help finding the laughs. Brought to you by the same filmmakers who brought you Date Movie and the Epic Movie, this latest attempt to wring laughs from weak pop culture references and gay jokes fails. No laughs, a few weak snickers, and a movie that has no pacing or style makes for a less than enjoyable movie experience.
Once upon a time, Hollywood could offer entertaining movie spoofs (remember the joy of Airplane?), but the spoof well seems to have run dry of any humor. Meet the Spartans is a lackluster effort that doesn’t even seem to try very hard to create laughs. You certainly know the movie is in trouble when it has Carmen Electra as one of the stars. Carmen Electra? She’s still around? And yes, she lives up to what you can expect.
Going to movies can be a costly affair, but sometimes you can find yourself swept up in adventure, passion, or tragedy. And yes, sometimes you can find yourself at a movie that hurts you from making you laugh so much. Meet the Spartans is not that movie. Save your money. After all, it sucks. —Imagine that; I did find 270 words.