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Meet the Spartans

The Bigger the Hit, The Harder They Fall. 

Year: 2008 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  
An image from Meet the Spartans

Directors: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

Starring: Sean Maguire, Carmen Electra, Ken Davitian, Kevin Sorbo and Diedrich Bader

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first heard about Meet The Spartans, I’m not sure personally if the spoof film wave is a little bit over, but if it is spoofs that you’re into then I would definitely recommend. This film moves from one gag to the next, not allowing trivialities like a coherent plot line get in the way!

The film is a Scary Movie meets Not Another Teen Movie, with a 300 theme. Although the film does not seem to have much of a coherent plot to speak of, aside from an attempt to defend the homeland against the Persians with only 13 Spartans, it does have its good points. The gags literally jump from one to the next, and if you like your film references then this is one for you.

Carmen Electra is as beautiful as ever, reminding us of the “assets” we came to love her for...The film also stars Ken Davitain, last seen romping around naked in a hotel room with none other than the legend that is, Borat. The hero Kevin Sorbo, most famous for the fantastic 90s TV show, Hercules, also makes an appearance, bringing along his impressively toned torso (how old is this guy now??) for us all to deliberate whether or not it’s wrong to swoon over. Most exciting of the cast list however, has to be Sean Maguire, born in good old Essex and famous for his roles in Grange Hill (rest its soul), and Eastenders. Far from the little tyke we were all so sure we knew, this new and improved Sean Maguire is the films selling point for all the ladies. He’s got abs you could wash clothes on, and his face isn’t half bad either.

Although I’m not going to say Meet The Spartans is going to be wooing judges at the Cannes Festival any time soon, it does do its job. Advertising itself as a cheap thrills comedy, the film certainly does keep the jokes coming.

Hannah Gibbons

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Screenings of this film:

2007/2008 Summer Term (35mm)
2007/2008 Summer Term (35mm)