Meet the Spartans

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20th Century Fox Released 2008

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Director:
Aaron Seltzer , Jason Friedberg
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
Meet the Spartans is a 2008 parody of pop culture and the movie 300, which tells the ancient story of the Battle of Thermopylae. Born with biceps and the uncanny ability to survive all obstacles (including an attack by a penguin), King Leonidas (Sean Maguire) is the leader of Sparta, a city-state in ancient Greece. When Persian messenger Traitoro (Diedrich Bader) arrives to deliver a message from Persian King Xerxes (Ken Davitian), who is trying to take over Sparta, Leonidas responds by kicking him into the pit of death. Although the Spartan Oracle, Ugly Betty (Crista Flanagan), tells Leonidas that he will die if he goes to war, the king decides to recruit 300 of his finest Spartan warriors to help him defend the pass at Thermopylae against the Persian invaders. Unfortunately, only 13 warriors show up, because they were the only men hunky enough to be allowed to serve in the army. Together, the men go to the pass and begin to fight against all kinds of Persian warriors, including Rocky Balboa (Dean Cochran), Ghost Rider (Theo Kypri), and a gang of dancers. Although Leondias and his soldiers keep triumphing over their adversaries, things begin to look grave for the brave Spartans when evil Paris Hilton (Nicole Parker) decides to betray them.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 58

    Entertainment Weekly

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

  • 20

    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 r...

  • 10

    Variety Joe Leydon

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

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