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Monday, January 04, 2010

Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side Review

Wow, I haven't bought a straight-to-DVD movie in a while, so let's review this sucker on the blog! I blew a Christmas gift card on....

Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side

Directed by Dominic Polcino

Starring the voices of Seth McFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Mike Henry, H. Jon Benjamin, John G. Brennan, and James Woods.

Backstory: As you may recall, a couple years ago, Family Guy did something special to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars. They produced a 1-hour special episode entitle Blue Harvest, which was a scene-for-scene spoof of Star Wars. It was so well-received that they decided to do scene-for-scene spoofs of the entire Star Wars trilogy. So that brings us to Something Something Something Dark Side, which is their scene-for-scene spoof of The Empire Strikes Back. But rather than show it on TV first, they decided to release it as a direct-to-DVD film.

Plot: Look, I'm pretty sure that everyone who reads this blog has seen The Empire Strikes Back, so no point in rehashing it here. I mean, it's just The Empire Strikes Back, but all your favourite Family Guy characters fill the roles.

What I Liked: There are a couple of clever gags, and they do point out some inconsistencies with Empire that I never really noticed before.

What I Didn't Like: Just like Family Guy on TV these days, the pop culture references and cutaway gags really get repetitive and start dragging things down.

Final Verdict: If you ever thought Empire Strikes Back needed to be shorter, and filled with crude humour, pop culture references, and some F-bombs for good measure, this is for you.

2 Nibs

Bonus Features: You get a running commentary with the cast and crew, a pop-up trivia feature, a featurette, some clips from the table read, and a clip from the table read for We Have a Bad Feeling About This, the forthcoming scene-for-scene spoof of Return of the Jedi.

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