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Jan 27, 08 admin   News Comments Off on January 27th, 2008: ‘Spartans’ is Greek to Paris Hilton

The humor in the relentless “300” spoof “Meet the Spartans” runs the gamut from S to R: It opens with a “Shrek” gag and ends with one about “Rambo.” In between come jokes about everything from Britney Spears and Gatorade ads to “American Idol” and Paris Hilton (she’s the one who betrays the Spartans to the Persians!). It’s a pop culture Thermopylae.Meet the SpartansWritten and directed by: Jason Friedberg and Aaron SeltzerStarring: Sean Maguire, Carmen Electra, Kevin SorboAt: Boston Common, Fenway, Boston, and suburbsRunning time: 84 minutesRated: PG-13 (language, comic violence, an avalanche of the old wink-wink, nudge-nudge)more stories like thisJason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, who wrote and directed “Meet the Spartans,” make a living as cultural-reference bottom feeders. They’re part of the “Scary Movie” franchise and made both “Date Movie” and, their most recent effort before “Spartans,” last year’s “Epic Movie.”If only because “300” provides such a solid (as well as ludicrous) spine to hang a parody on, “Meet the Spartans” is an improvement over “Epic Movie,” a take-off on the “Harry Potter” and “Narnia” series. It also cuts back on the earlier movie’s general scuzziness, even if it does have a fair amount of specific scuzziness (hard to avoid with Carmen Electra as the female lead).