(Review originally written at 16 October 2008)

Yes, amazingly enough I have to conclude that this was the best Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer directed movie I've seen in my entire life. It doesn't mean that this movie is exactly brilliant though. It's incredibly lame, features embarrassingly bad and unfunny moments and is basically a movie purely made to cash in.

Simple fact is that as long as these movies are making money, more like them will likely get made and released. And this movies are making big money. Every time a Friedberg/Selzer parody gets released I see it somewhere in the top of the box office lists. I really don't understand this. Don't people by now know who Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are and what type of movies they make? I'm never telling people to boycott movies or film-making but now I'm simply begging everyone to stop and pay money to see these type of movies, it's the only way we can stop them from being produced. Power to the people! Yes, I know I'm also still watching these movies, so I probably look guilty as well but at least I'm not paying any money for it to do so.

The movie is titled "Meet the Spartans", so yes it indeed is mostly a spoof of the movie "300" and it follows basically the same plot line and type of characters but as you could expect from a Friedberg/Selzer the movie is spoofing tons of other recent successful movies as well, as well as some famous movie and TV celebrities. Like always the movie is bombarding us with this. Joke after joke is being put in the movie, as if they were thinking lets put in as many comical moments as possible and some of them are just bound to hit. I must admit, some jokes do hit and is the reason why I regard this movie as the best one from Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer but unfortunately it's only about 5% of the jokes and comical moments that do hit and made me laugh. 95% of the rest of the movie is just an utter waste of time and insulting to anyone's intelligence. No, there is nothing wrong with some silly comedy from time to time but not when it is as embarrassingly bad as is the case with "Meet The Spartans" and every other Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer movie for that matter.

But I always have to give this movie credit for one thing; it's always good and professionally looking. There is still obviously some money and effort put into this movie and it has a good visual look over it. What it also does well is re-playing some of the well known sequences from "300". I'll guess you'll probably hate this movie less if you've seen "300" and most of the other movies that are being spoofed within this movie.

Also most of the actors do a decent job impersonating the actors from "300". Of course most characters are just totally bad and lame though but I don't think you can blame the actors for this. I think it was also a good choice to give Carmen Electra a much bigger role this time because lets face it, her appearances basically always had been part of the highlights of any other Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer movie. Also quite fun that Kevin Sorbo has a big part in the movie. He is of course best known for playing Hercules in the hit-series and TV movies. So he's perfectly in place in this movie, despite the fact that he already was 50 at the time of this movie.

For what it's worth; it's better than any other Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer movie I've seen before in my life. It doesn't mean this movie is watchable or recommendable though. Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer made lame and bad comedy spoofs in the past and they will also just never become good at it. Please simply boycott their next movies when it will hit the cinema and you'll help to prevent these types of movies from being made and you'll stop unfunny and untalented people such as Friedberg and Seltzer from ever making a movie again. Thank you very much!


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