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Meet The Spartans is a 2008 (12 years ago) parody movie directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Similar to past movies, such as Scary Movie and Date Movie, it directs parodies at various films. Although it references many movies, TV shows, people and pop cultural events, it focuses mainly on the 2007 (13 years ago) movie 300.



The movie opens with a Spartan elder inspecting a talking baby ogre. The baby vomits on the inspector and is then discarded with a punt off the hill. Next, he inspects a Vietnamese baby, and Brangelina instantly adopts it. Baby Leonidas is then inspected, having a six-pack, biceps, and beard from birth. He is accepted as a Spartan and prepared for kinghood through his childhood training, from fighting his grandmother to enduring torture. Leonidas (Sean Maguire) is then cast out Into The Wild (9 walls), and survives the harsh winter while killing a giant dancing penguin. Returning a king for his inauguration ceremony, Leonidas sees Margo (Carmen Electra (75 walls)) dancing and asks her to marry him, to which she responds by giving him the combination to her chastity belt.

The movie then fast-forwards to where the story begins, opening with Leonidas training his son with his wife Queen Margo watching until Captain (Kevin Sorbo) informs him that a Persian messenger has arrived. The messenger has come to present Xerxes' demands for Sparta's submission. Leonidas arrives to greet the messenger in the Spartan way (high-fives for the women and open mouth tongue kisses for the men). After growing angry with both the messenger's disrespect and making out with his wife, Leonidas kicks him, the messenger's bodyguards, and then several other people he simply disliked, ranging from Britney Spears (80 walls) (Nicole Parker) and Kevin Federline (Nick Steele) to Sanjaya Malakar (Tony Yalda) and the American Idol judges into 'the pit of death'. As Leonidas walks off he turns to a column that has a switch that reads "Garbage Disposal", and flips the switch causing the celebrities to spiral to their "death".

Resolving to face the Persians, Leonidas visits the Oracle, proposing an "erotic-sounding" strategy to repel the numerically superior enemy after offering the priests various skin-care lotions for guidance. The Oracle, Ugly Betty (Crista Flanagan), reveals that Leonidas will die should he go to war. That night, Leonidas and Margo then decide to "pump some iron" before Leonidas leaves for Thermopylae, which in fact is just Leonidas bench pressing his wife one hundred times. Leonidas then goes out to meet the soldiers assembled for his departure, and finds that only 13 (not 300) were accepted in the army, since there were stringent specifications to be accepted—one of which is having a Mediterranean tan. Three among them include Captain, his son, Sonio, and a slightly unfit Spartan named Dilio. Once at the Hot Gates, they encounter Paris Hilton (99 walls) (also played by Parker), who Leonidas rejected from joining their army due to her mild deformities and inability to use a spear right.

Leonidas and his platoon soon face off with Xerxes' messenger and his Immortals, beating them in a dance contest before driving them off a cliff. Xerxes (Ken Davitian), impressed, personally approaches Leonidas and attempts to bribe him in a Deal or No Deal fashion. Despite the soldiers' encouragements, the Spartan king declines, saying that he will instead make the "God King" fall. The Spartans then face the persian army in a "Yo Momma" fight, ending with a victory, in spite of Dilio having his eyes scratched out. Though victory seemed to be in the Spartans' grasp, Paris Hilton (99 walls) betrays the Spartans and reveals the location of the goat path to Xerxes, having been promised having her hump removed as one of her traitorous rewards. Using a CGI army, Xerxes meets the 12 remaining Spartans and the war is on.

Meanwhile, back in Sparta, Queen Margo sexually submits to Traitoro in order to persuade him to send more troops to assist Leonidas. He states that he will finally lose his virginity while using his cell phone to take pictures. However, he reveals publicly that she has not been chaste. The anger at this revelation provokes a symbiote suit to envelop her, mirroring the parasitic symbiote Spider-Man suit in Spider-Man 3. She fights with Traitoro, who, in line with the parody, becomes the Spider-Man 3 (7 walls) villain the Sandman. Margo wins the battle with a vacuum cleaner - and Traitoro's treachery is revealed, whereupon Sparta agrees to send more troops. However, the Spartan decision to send troops comes too late, as Xerxes and the Persian army fight the Spartans, who refuse to retreat. The battle initially starts well for the Spartans, but the tide turns as the Persians introduce their secret weapons: Ghost Rider, who is quickly defeated, and Rocky Balboa, who decapitates Sonio with one right hook but is killed by a vengeful Captain with a Botox-laced syringe. Captain then gets killed by a spear, thrown through his torso by Xerxes.

Captain's death enrages Leonidas, and the battle sequence switches to a Grand Theft Auto-esque format as he runs through the Persian Army and corners Xerxes. While running away, Xerxes finds the "Transformer Cube" and harnesses its power to combine with a convertible to become "Xerxestron", playing "Leave Britney Alone" videos to prove his "godly power". But Xerxestron ends up delivering on Leonidas's promise to "fall", as his power cord disconnects and he falls forward, crushing the surviving Spartans under his bulk. Thus the narrator concludes, "Leonidas was true to his word: a god-king did fall... but unfortunately, right on them!" The blind Dilio, who left prior to the final battle, eventually returns to Sparta to tell of Leonidas' final moments. A year later, Dilio leads a force of one hundred real Spartans and several thousand CGI-ones to defeat the Persians, but the blind warrior ends up going the wrong way and leads the Spartans to Malibu. They end up crashing into Lindsay Lohan as she once more leaves drug rehab, causing her to expose her bare groin and fly off screen.

The movie ends with a musical number set to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" performed on American Idol by all of the characters in the film. It also spoofs Britney Spears' VMA comeback performance.


  • Sean Maguire as King Leonidas
  • Carmen Electra (75 walls) as Queen Margo
  • Ken Davitian as Emperor Xerxes
  • Kevin Sorbo as Captain
  • Jareb Dauplaise as Dilio
  • Travis Van Winkle as Sonio
  • Diedrich Bader as Councilman Traitoro
  • Hunter Clary as Leo Jr.
  • Phil Morris as Messenger
  • Method Man as Persian Emissary
  • Nicole Parker as Paris Hilton (99 walls), Britney Spears (80 walls), Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Abdul
  • Ryan Fraley as Brad pitt (17 walls)
  • Zachary Dylan Smith as Little Leonidas
  • Tiffany Claus as Angelina Jolie (146 walls)
  • Nick Steele as Kevin Federline
  • Ike Barinholtz as Bond Villain, Prophet, Dane Cook
  • Tony Yalda as Sanjaya Malakar
  • Christopher Lett as Randy Jackson
  • Jim Piddock as Loyalist, Simon Cowell
  • Nate Haden as Ryan Seacrest
  • Crista Flanagan as Oracle/Ugly Betty
  • Thomas McKenna as Tom Cruise (12 walls)
  • Jesse Lewis IV as Ms. Jay Alexander
  • Jenny Costa as Tyra Banks (4 walls)
  • Belinda Waymouth as Twiggy
  • Dean Cochran as Rocky Balboa, Rambo (4 walls), Mean Machine Angel
  • Emily Wilson as Lindsay Lohan
  • John Di Domenico as Donald Trump
  • Jim Nieb as George W. Bush


The movie received almost universally negative reviews from critics. As of May 19, 2008 (12 years ago), the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 2% of all critics gave the movie positive reviews and 0% positive reviews from top critics based on 41 reviews with an average rating of 1.8/10; citing consensus opinion on the title as "A tired, unfunny, offensive waste of time... [which] scrapes the bottom of the cinematic barrel." Metacritic reported the movie had an average score of 9 out of 100, based on 11 reviews — indicating "extreme dislike or disgust" and being the worst received movie by the director on the site.

One reviewer in Scotland's The Sunday Herald gave the movie a score of zero, as did Ireland's Day and Night while an Australian newspaper review described it as being "as funny as a burning orphanage". In London, The Times reviewer Wendy Ide suggested that the producers of the movie were not aiming for 'laughs' but "a simian grunt of recognition from an audience that must have been practically brain-dead to fork out £10 to see a movie that can’t even master the concept of out-takes?". This movie was the lowest-rated of the 2008 (12 years ago) movie season.

Most of the film's criticism consisted of not having many actual jokes and instead having an over-reliance on pop culture references. Several recurring gags were criticized for being overused, such as throwing various celebrities down the Pit of Death or the ambiguous sexuality of the Spartans.

The film's score by Christopher Lennertz was commended by some critics, particularly Christian Clemmensen from, who considered it one of the best scores of 2008 (12 years ago).

Upon news of Meet The Spartans box office success, The Soup staff created a sketch that parodies all previous "Parody Movies" by mentioning the film's weak comedy stunts.

On Jan. 21, 2009 (11 years ago), the movie received five nominations for the 29th Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst picture (wallpaper) (jointly with Disaster Movie), Worst Supporting Actress (Electra), Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel.


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