Actors: Sean Maguire, Diedrich Bader, Kevin Sorbo, Method Man, Jim Piddock,
Travis Van Winkle, Ken Davitian, Greg Ellis, Carmen Electra
Writers & Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Music: Christopher Lennertz
Meet the Spartans is a spoof film parodying the Greek warrior epic 300. The film tells the story of King Leonidas (played by Sean Maguire) who leads 13 Spartans — faithful boyfriends, soldiers — in defending against the invading Persians. Queen Margo (donned by Carmen Electra) tries to distract the men – king and soldiers — from one another. The plot of the film starts in ancient Sparta, where young Leonidas is groomed to defeat the evil Xerxes (Ken Davitian) and the invading Persians (led by Method Man). The actors in the film, however, miserably resemble physically to the celebrities they are spoofing. British actor Maguire, in the lead role, bears a slight physical resemblance to the actor he’s parodying, Gerard Butler while Carmen Electra, playing Leonidas’ wife, is leaned on for nothing more than her hotness.
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer’s script has not matured enough to influence the audience. The film has scene after scene of all the shallowest material. It also lacks originality. They have made the story all a copied plot. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer had directed and written the Hollywood blockbuster Epic Movie, an American 2007 parody film, made in a similar style to the romantic comedy franchises Date Movie and the Scary Movie series. The duo also co-wrote Spy Hard.
Critics have described the film as “disgusting, crude, stupid and not funny”. Some have said it “a 80-minute piece of trash”. Meet the Spartans is all about the atrociously unfunny parodies that litter the film from Happy Feet, American Idol, Transformers, Stomp the Yard, Dancing with the Stars, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, homosexuality, Ugly Betty, Anna Nicole, and bodily functions.
The music in the film is given by Christopher Lennertz. He was named best new composer in 2002 for his score for Clive Barker’s Saint Sinner. Lennertz’s collaboration on Ozomatlis Street Signs album garnered a Grammy Award. He was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Musical Composition in a Series in 2006 for his score for the pilot of the television series Supernatural.