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Gehring, Parody as Film Genre: Leonidas nodding in assent: The broad array of spoofed objects transcends all restriction of space and time. The Greek setting remains the outer framework from which the plot evolves, but the many contemporary references all stem from a different historical time and a different cultural and geographical space, namely current American popular culture and politics.
Again, this accents the point that parody focuses on having fun with a given structure or text. In Meet the Spartans, the mes- senger rapper Method Man is kicked into the pit as well.
Meet The Spartans (2008) Movie Script
Politicians such as George W. Bush face the same ordeal see Figure 2. He marveled at the sight and took note of their numbers. When Xerxes heard that, he could not comprehend the fact that the Lacedaemonians were actually, to the best of their ability, preparing to kill or be killed.
What they did appeared laughable to him see Figure 6. But this opens an even wider-reaching network of intertextual and inter- cultural cross-references. In contrast, Leonidas of Meet the Spartans, is denigrated as lusty, yet hardly heroic macho with only a scraggly troop of thirteen morons see Figure 7. In Meet the Spartans, there is plenty of crotch to pay attention to, albeit most phallic insinuations are meant in a ridiculing manner suggesting a dysfunctional heterosexuality.
The focus remains rather on the Spartans and their interactions with one another as well as the Persian enemies. This queering needs to be stressed, precisely because it exposes the peculiar gap in Paul Cartledge asserts the consistent fascination with the social practices of the Spartans, including their institutionalized ped- erasty between a young warrior and an adolescent boy, as part of a state- ordained pedagogical system.
On the concept of comic ridiculing as parodic tradition, Linda Hutcheon claims: Even in mocking, parody reinforces; in formal terms, it inscribes the mocked conventions onto itself, thereby guaranteeing their continued existence.
This brings a reading of Meet the Spartans to a crucial moment that did not occur in this manner in Homosexuality as universal ethics on the one hand and yet based on a segregated gender notion on the other, obviously accounts for some of the ambivalences inherent in any read- ing of male homoeroticism in heroic genres, whether comic or otherwise. Very quickly, however, the hero takes off his peplum in favor of more revealing costuming: Especially battle and torture scenes allow for a depiction of the male body as spectacle.
The peplum has this in common with other male genres such 23 Jeffrey Weeks, Coming Out: And yet, in the peplum such scenes remain the exception. As such this steeled, trained body can be equated with an imperial desire for power: The Male as Erotic Object London: Cygnus Arts, The pressing question remains, however: Is it the Spartans, who as defenders of freedom are being turned into victims?
Or the Persians, whose quantitative superiority compensate for their lack of individual bodily strength? Straight boys love a muscle boi yeah yeah Gay boys love a muscle boi yeah yeah. Here, another intertext gains importance: The reference to United 93, on the other hand, gets more obvious when Leonidas warns him about the plan to force the plane to land.
Here, Leonidas kicks him out of the plane into the air with the farewell: This is the plane that did not hit the Capitol in Washington, D. Not only do the Spartans look silly on board an airplane with their ancient warrior costumes, the mixture of white terrorists in plain every- day clothes with their Orientalized leader Jerxes in an antiquated costume also strikes the audience as totally incongruent.
With his queer gear, he rather matches his Spartan adversaries, of whom one passenger wonders: The clash of civilizations that in is represented through stylized scenes of violence and sexual innuendos tinged with a fascist aesthetics has been taken here to its absurd extreme.
In United such crude humor unques- tionably exposes and even subverts the homophobic racism and the poli- tics of enemy stereotyping of its predecessors. They are ambushed at a poorly-manned outpost that is near the scene of a massacre a decade earlier of French soldiers during the First Indochina War.
He thinks it fatal to rely on the notion of a racially pure, i. Instead of Sparta, now it is America that faces the threat from Persia. In its retelling of the story of Thermopylae, embraces the mythos of the battle rather than the historical truth of the era, and in doing so becomes an elaborate bit of present-day pro-war propaganda.
Even though the law did not pass, this effort nevertheless speaks of a cultural climate in which it has become possible to repeal the already legalized possibility of a homosexual marriage in seemingly gay-friendly California.
Robert Rushing ironically yet succinctly points out the aesthetic-political agenda of as pertaining to the tradition of the per- formance of ambiguous heteronormativity in the historical epic: In contrast, the two spoofs on certainly push the Spartan legend to its absurd comic extremes, unearthing the cartoonish qualities of a frozen myth in the case of Meet the Spartans and disclosing the exaggerated cult of maleness as part of the war machinery in the case of United They also address social norms and as such take part in the longstanding cen- tral agenda of satire.
Such code switches make serious fun of the politics of heteronormativity by queering the celebrated legend of the three hundred Spartans. Rutgers University Press, An adult Leonidas Sean Maguire is cast out into the wild, survives the harsh winter, and hunts down a gangsta penguin Happy Feet. Returning a king for his inauguration wearing a penguin skin hat, Leonidas sees Margo Carmen Electra erotically dancing and asks her to marry him, to which she responds by giving him the combination to her armor-plated chastity belt.
Years later, Leonidas is training his son when Captain Kevin Sorbo informs him that a Persian messenger has arrived. Accompanied by the Spartan politician Traitoro, the messenger presents Xerxes ' demands for Sparta's submission. After growing angry with both the messenger's disrespect and finding him making out with his wife, Leonidas kicks him into a pit.
Despite Traitoro's advice that the messenger's guards are now needed to convey the actual message, Leonidas kicks them in as well, along with several other people he simply dislikes, such as Britney Spears Nicole ParkerRyan Seacrestand the American Idol ju dg es.
Resolving to face the PersiansLeonidas visits the prophets and gives them medicines such as Neutrogena as their price for their consultation. They advise him that he should consult the Oracle for any advice. The Oracle, Ugly Bettyreveals that Leonidas will die should he go to war. After reaching a decision while spending the night with his wife, Leonidas meets the soldiers assembled for his departure to Thermopylaeand finds that only thirteen were accepted in the army due to stringent requirements.
Among them are Captain, his son Sonio, and a slightly unfit Spartan named Dilio. Once at the Hot Gates, they encounter a deformed Paris Hilton also played by Parkerwho tells Leonidas and the Captain about a secret goat path above the Hot Gates that Xerxes could use to outflank the Spartans.
When she asks to be made a Spartan soldier, Leonidas rejects her as unqualified due to her inability to use a spear correctly. 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 Davitianimpressed, personally approaches Leonidas and attempts to bribe him with a trip to the Palms Hotel and Casino.
Leonidas declines, and the Spartans face the Persian army in a " Yo Momma " fight, which the Spartans win, but Dilio has his eyes scratched out and wanders away.