The National Lampoon film franchise started back in 1978 with the party classic Animal House and went on to deliver the beloved Vacation series of films over the following decade. Over 30 years later, the franchise is still plucking away with their latest parody home release of The Legend of Awesomest Maximus.
This movie pokes fun at a combination of stories and characters from Braveheart, Gladiator, Troy and 300. The story centers around a moronic Awesomest Maximus who must prove himself a worthy general of the Trojan army while the Greek/Arabian army tries to conquer their country.
If you’re looking for witty dialogue and a cohesive storyline, look in the complete opposite direction of this movie. If you’re in the need of a lot of female nudity, obscene sexuality, racial humor and corny one liners, you’ve come to the right place. Not to say there isn’t some fun to be had in this parody, you just have to look past a lot of the nonsense to get to it.
The movie stars Will Sasso (MadTV), Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills, 90210), Sophie Monk (Date Movie), Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), Rip Torn (Men in Black) and a brief cameo by Canada’s own, Russell Peters. Acting? They don’t need no stinking acting… Or at least that wasn’t their concern.
There are no special features in this home release, but you weren’t really expecting a full length audio commentary with the cast and crew on this one, right?
Bottom Line: You know what to expect with this movie, so have fun if it’s your cup of tea.
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Movie Grade: D+
Blu Ray/DVD Grade: D
Runtime: 128 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1