'Meet The Spartans - Pit Of Death Edition'
(Diedrich Bader, Ken Davitian, Sean Maguire, Carmen Electra, et al / DVD / PG-13 / (2007) 2008 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: History has never been so... hysterical! Prepare to fight for honor, fight for glory, and fight back tears of laughter watching this gut-busting spoof comedy that skewers pop culture's biggest icons. In 'Meet the Spartans,' the heroic Leonidas, armed with nothing but leather underwear and a cape, leads a ragtag group of 13 - count'em, 13! - warriors to defend their homeland against the invading Persians, whose ranks include Ghost Rider, Rocky Balboa, the Transformers, and a hunchbacked Paris Hilton.
DVD Verdict: Is it just me, or spoof comedies are getting very old? The old Mel Brooks films like "Robin Hood: Men In Tights" and "Spaceballs" were pretty good. I haven't seen the first three "Scary Movie" films, but I liked "Scary Movie 4" a lot. But come to think of it, I'm getting sick and tired of spoof comedies. They're just not that funny anymore. "Date Movie" wasn't that great. "Epic Movie" was just plain sick. "The Comebacks" was a waste of time, but "Meet the Spartans" was just flat-out ridiculous.
"Meet the Spartans" is like a sequel to "Epic Movie," and the filmmakers just don't want to admit it. This is "Epic Movie 2." And I didn't care for the original "Epic Movie" for real. But "Epic Movie 2," now is what I'm going to say for this sentence, is worse. In this case, "Meet the Spartans" is much worse than "Epic Movie."
I just wish I lived in the 1970s when spoof comedies were a hit. The first few spoof comedies that were released that I know of were "Airplane," but now, spoof comedys like "Meet the Spartans" just don't know how to make a good joke or a great punchline. The jokes didn't made too much sense, which didn't had the story to make as many sense as possible. The punchlines were so unrelated using bad in-jokes for movies of last year, reality shows and bad celebrity problems like Britney Spears or Paris Hilton.
"Meet the Spartans" is a spoof off of, mainly, whatever cool movies were released last year. Yeah, I know that "300" is the main movie they made fun of, but they also included movies, such as "Shrek the Third," "Spider-Man 3" and "Ghost Rider." SPOILER: Carmen Electra says as part of her dialogue "wait a minute, this is suppose to be a ripoff off of "300." It is.
Carmen Electra is not that pretty, nor is she funny. Bottom line is she's never funny. When she tried to disguise herself as the black-suited Spider-Man, we know that it's a reference to "Spider-Man 3." And that is just so wrong and unnormal.
I really didn't like "Meet the Spartans." There were too many bad punchlines in the film that too much of the story just didn't make any sense, logically. Unsurprisingly, this is as bad as "The Comebacks" but far worse than last year's "Epic Movie." The jokes were just so dry that I didn't find one thing interesting. Not one.
Overall if you dare to see "Meet the Spartans," you are daring yourself wrong. I will hopefully make sure I don't dare to see another film like this one again. And don't get me wrong, I just like a comedy to make me laugh. This one is definitely not in its case. It's off the hook. "Meet the Spartans" is just a lazy parody film that just doesn't work to make me laugh my [...] off. Everything is just, come on, where are the jokes?! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio commentary by the cast and crew
Know Your Spartans Pop Culture set-top trivia game
Meet The Spartans: The Music featurette
Prepare For Thrusting featurette
Tour The Set With Ike Barinholtz