Today’s Prayer Focus

Meet the Spartans

MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for crude and sexual content throughout, language and some comic violence.

Reviewed by: Jene Allen

Moral Rating: Extremely Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: Teens Adults
Genre: Satire Comedy
Length: 1 hr. 24 min.
Year of Release: 2008
USA Release: January 25, 2008 (wide); DVD: June 3, 2008
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Relevant Issues
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Voting for vulgar movies

Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want.” Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem?

Sexual immorality

Should I save sex for marriage? Answer

What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer


What’s wrong with being gay? Answer
Homosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone's business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?

What about gays needs to change? Answer
It may not be what you think.

Read stories about those who have struggled with homosexuality


Movie review: “300

Featuring Carmen Electra, Diedrich Bader, Kevin Sorbo, Greg Ellis, Martin Klebba, Method Man, Sean Maguire, Crista Flanagan, Jenny Robinson, Robin Atkin Downes, Jim Piddock, Travis Van Winkle, Nicole Parker, Tony Yalda, Tim Connolly, Emily Wilson, Jessica Heap, Jareb Dauplaise, Ike Barinholtz, Nick Steele, Zachary Dylan Smith, Vilayna LaSalle, Nate Haden, Hunter Clary, Kim Kindrick, Jim Nieb, Theo Kypri, Tiffany Haddish, Courtney Shay Young, Micaela Santos, Dean Cochran, Chris Gann, Kenny Yates, Ryan Watson, Briana Barran, Eddie Perez, Dominique DuVernay, Willie Macc, Leon C. Carswell, Chaz Smith, Justin Smith, Belinda Waymouth, Jenny Costa, Michael Arnona, Danny Cosmo, Jearl Vinot, Lauren Walsh, John Di Domenico, Sami Naveed, Natasha Blasick, Stephen Spell II, René J.F. Piazza
Director Jason Friedberg
Scary Movie,” “Epic Movie,” “Spy Hard”
Aaron Seltzer
Producer Jason Friedberg, W. Mark McNair, Peter Safran, Aaron Seltzer
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Trademark logo.
20th Century Studios
, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company

“The bigger the hit the harder they fall.”

“Meet the Spartans” is a spoof of the movie “300,” which integrates many different famous celebrities to mock by using look-a-likes. The movie also throws into the mix many types of music, such as rap and hard rock to appeal to the younger generation.

I have to confess, I allowed my 13 year old and her friend to see this movie without seeking any reviews of the movie. I thought that, given the PG-13 rating the movie, it would be mild enough for this age and would not be completely inappropriate. We stayed approximately an hour into the movie, before I made the decision to walk out.

During the first 10 minutes, there is a great deal of foul language. The first scene begins with a man throwing babies off a hilltop. This is to spoof the idea that the Spartans raised their children under the survival of the fittest mentality—one in which the strong babies will live, while the weak are seen as degraded and not worthy of survival. After the decision is made to throw the baby, it shows the baby landing on a heap of already dead babies. Sadly enough this is symbolic of a heated debate in our country, and one that is lived out everyday in clinics across America.

Another major scene is the meeting between a representative of the invading army and King Leonidas. The spokesman for the invading army is attempting to encourage the Spartans to surrender their city. During this meeting, a discussion ensues related to the way the women of Sparta greet their guest with the “Top Gun” hand slap and the men greet their guest with a tongue twisting French kiss. This greeting is demonstrated many times throughout the movie.

In another scene, the head of the council solicits Leonidas’ wife for sexual favors in return for support in the council to send more warriors to fight with Leonidas. While this scene was in the original movie, this satire took it a step further to a full blown orgy. Throughout the movie, the Spartan men are represented as homosexuals. I cannot believe it actually took me an hour to make the decision to leave, but I finally came to my senses and walked out of the theatre.

There are many spiritual issues throughout this movie.

  1. Allowing this movie to rated PG-13 was very inappropriate, based upon the content. Allowing 13-17 years olds into this movie sends a message of approval for “casual sex.” This is a pattern in our society, which sanctions this form of behavior, especially in the entertainment industry.

    Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually, sins against his own body. Do you not know the your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God. You are not your own, you were brought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body (I Cor. 6:18-20—NIV).

    The eye is a lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad your whole body will be full of darkness… (Matthew 6:22—NIV).

  2. Promotion of the homosexual lifestyle is very prevalent in this movie. This is representative of the homosexual agenda in our country, which promotes this “alternative lifestyle” as an acceptable choice in God’s eyes. Once again our children are being given the message that casual sex (even with the same gender) is an acceptable form of expression of love.

    [What’s wrong with being gay? Answer
    Homosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone's business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?]

  3. The movie makes fun of the use of adultery as a tool to get what one wishes. The sad aspect of this is that we live in a society where a President can engage in this type of behavior, lie about it, and suffer few adverse effects when he is finally forced to admit it. Those who have not forgotten will certainly find this movie offensive and vulgar.

  4. Exploiting people for the sake of humor. What has our society come to when many can enjoy this film simply because of attempts to entertain us? This is sick humor. I find it offensive and repulsive.

  5. “Throwing away of babies” due to the fact that they are not worthy to be chosen as a warrior. God’s plan is defiled every day in this country when we allow abortion clinics to grant the wishes of mothers who choose to end the lives of their children out of convenience. While I can appreciate the challenging lives lived by the original Spartan’s and the way in which a warrior society chose to treat their children, I cannot condone the mocking way in which this movie portrays the choices made with respect to these babies. The Spartan’s allowed their children to live with the families until they reached a certain age. This movie takes advantage of the opportunity to spoof this practice with a representation of real world crisis in our country, the senseless slaughter of human beings unable to defend themselves.

Don’t let this movie’s PG-13 rating deceive you. In my opinion, the rating of “R” should have been given for strong sexual content, language, violence and adult themes. Due to its extreme vulgarity, I do not recommend this film for anyone.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Heavy

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.

Viewer CommentsSend your comments


Neutral—This movie was okay, but I'd wait to rent it or even wait until it's shown on TV. It's not nearly as clever as the “Scary Movie” franchise. The homosexual portrayal of the Spartans, while humorous, was a bit over the top, as was much of the other sexual content. I would've thought that most people would know going in that this film would be fairly raunchy, as these movies always are, but reading the comments here it seems not. It's mildly entertaining, but not something worth paying much money for.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
Dustin, age 20
Negative—My son saw this movie today with his 12 year old son (my grandson) and called and told me he was so offended by this movie. He was angry with himself for not walking out. He said it was predominantly homosexual in content, crude, vulgar, nothing a Christian would want to see, let alone with children. He said he had a talk with his son after and apologized for allowing him to stay and watch it all. He felt sickened that the entire audience, with many children younger than 12, sat and watched it in it's entirety. If more people would get up and leave and demand a refund (we have many times and the manager has always given us a “raincheck” or a refund) maybe the movie industry would get the hint and stop making disgraceful movies like this.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
Janene Bever, age 67
Negative—Yes, the movie was bad, but all u people are taking it way to far. U are the ones who choose to see this (bad) movie, and I thought it was funny in parts and bad in others. But why would u let 12 year old kids watch this and then be mad at the movie?? It's kinda ur fault for watching it. Be warned the Spartans are gay!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1½
Josh, age 18 (USA)
Comments from young people
Negative—This movie was not a movie that I would see again. If I could go back in time with the knowledge that I have now, I would not have gone to see it. Basically, the movie makes fun of “300.” It portrays the Spartans as gay and their wives as whores. It was full of sexual innuendos and sex scenes. It was not a Christian-like movie at all. Along with being completely pointless, this movie had some rather nasty scenes. I would not recommend this movie to anyone of any age. There was relatively no humorous scenes. I personally hated this movie. It is not appropriate for any age, especially anyone under 18 and male.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
Jonathan Brown, age 15
Negative—This was such a bad movie… it was sooo dumb! …they all try to be funny, and it wasn’t! A waste of money. The only funny parts are in the commercial. And they really emphasize that the Spartans are Gay. …skipping around in leather underwear holding hands… NOT FUNNY! And there a bunch of gross humor… for instance, “Paris Hilton” has a HUGE like hump on her back and then the fat hairy guy in a thong underwear stabs it, and she blows up. And there is like Paris Hilton every where. SO GROSS!!…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
Mckenzie, age 14
Neutral—I went to see this movie with my friend and my 16 year old brother. It was very humorous and had me smiling almost all of the time. Although, there were negatives. There was lots of sexual content, but no sex scenes, and tons of profanity, but no F-words. I think this is definitely a guys’ movie. In its defense I will say though, that I can't remember a time when they used the word Jesus or anything else related to Christianity.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
Jacob Johnson, age 12
Positive—I went to go see this movie with my friends, and we were seriously laughing the whole entire time. However, there were two major problems I had with this movie, being a christian, and they were the strong homosexual influences and the sexual references throughout the whole movie. Other than that, it was hilarious.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
Becca, age 15
Positive—I thought it was really funny.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
Matt Kruge, age 16
Negative—I went and saw this with a friend and her older sister. I usually like “spoofs,” like “Scary Movie” and others, but I was very disappointed with this one. It was very dumb, and some parts were so uncomfortable, you just wanted to turn around. Thankfully, my mom paid for my ticket, so I didn't waste my own money, haha. I would definitely not recommend this for anyone. If you really want to see it, wait until it comes out on video and rent it, so you don't waste as much money.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
Virginia, age 14
Negative—I am a fan of the “Scary Movie” series. I don't agree with the extremely innapropriate content of the harsher, R-Rated films, but I am a fan of slapstick, stupid humor—a trait I share with my Dad. Though I despised “Date Movie” and “Epic Movie,” which were both uninventive, unoriginal, unfunny and extremely offensive, I had hopes for “Meet the Spartans.” The previews looked funny, but the actual film was not. I only chuckled—not laughed—maybe twice. I should have stopped the film within the first fifteen minutes, which were terrible, but I am a sucker for movies, so I finished it.

I wasted an hour and a half that I would have been better off wasting on the Disney Channel—which even though is terrible, is mostly clean. “Meet the Spartans” was an unclean… about sex, homosexuality and throwing around obscenities. Don't ever, ever, ever watch this movie! Not only is it a terrible waste of time, it leaves the viewer ashamed for watching it. Please steer clear!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
Ben Badger, age 17 (USA)