Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side (Review)

You know it’s a Family Guy spoof of Star Wars when the opening titles include an animated elephant scampering across the screen to the tune of the Victory March. Fans of Fox’s ever-popular Family Guy franchise have come to expect it to deliver below the belt humour and controversy and this movie delivers in spades.

Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side

Something, Something, Something, Dark Side parodies the classic Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back and picks up where Blue Harvest left off, delivering the usual one-liners with splashes of explicit language and politically incorrect jokes.

I watched “The farce” begin at the Fox Studios exclusive media preview screening. The opening titles featured an animated elephant that apparently cost 58 thousand dollars to produce and a pot shot at Twentieth Century Fox for canceling Family Guy.

The opening scenes are set on the remote ice world of Hoth where Chris Griffin (Luke Skywalker) has a vision of his late mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Herbert) telling him to go to the Dagobah system to learn the Force under Yoda (Carl).

However, before Chris gets the chance, Cookie Monster from Sesame Street makes a surprise (short) appearance and suffers a bloody demise.

Meantime, Peter Griffin (Han Solo) takes a breather from his clumsy attempts at helping the rebellion fight the Dark Side by skiing with characters from a Wrigleys chewing gum commercial.

True to form, Peter mouths off at Lois Griffin (Leia), his nasal small screen wife, when she nags him and delivers the usual “Shut up Meg” line when his daughter complains why she never gets any lines.

Stewie Griffin (Darth Vader) once again shines in his own diminutive, but devilish way, strangling anyone that comes in his way.

Stewie tries to lure Chris to the Dark Side by saying it would be “Just two dudes … ruling the planet”.

Whilst leading the assault on the rebellion, Stewie has to contend with constant complaining from his Spanish cleaning lady because he doesn’t buy her Windex (window cleaning spray) to clean the Imperial Starfleet properly.

The movie comes to an end with Chris receiving a letter from “Doc”, a reference to the cult classic movie, Back to the Future and the promise: “To Be Concluded”.

Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side will appeal to fans of Star Wars and Family Guy alike. If you’ve only watched Family Guy it’s still worth watching, however if you’ve only watched Star Wars then you could find the Family Guy in jokes confusing.

Something, Something, Something, Dark Side will be released exclusively to DVD and Blu-ray on December 23, fully loaded with bonus materials and features.

5 Replies to “Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side (Review)”

  1. This is the worst piece of garbage I’ve ever seen. We’ve almost worn out the DVD of Blue Harvest because it gets played almost daily in our house, but I don’t even want to buy this episode.

    It was lazy, badly thought through, poorly acted, with only 5 funny gags through the whole thing. So many missed opportunities it just seems like they didn’t bother with quality control because presale was guaranteed. I know that it parodies the fact that all SW films are made on the same formula but did we have to sit through the “blackout” opening again. The poke at fox for cancelling was old…and the CG elephant just wasn’t funny….

    I’ve got a bad feeling about the next installment…..

  2. Agreed, it was pretty poor throughout. Very few jokes hit the target and there was barely any jokes that were even Star Wars related. The ‘Family Guy in jokes” stopped being funny about 15 minutes in and were just lazy from that point onwards.

  3. I can’t believe this is finally coming out on DVD before it airs on television when it was supposed to be a season finale like last year.

    In any case, I’m trying not to let the trailer affect my looking forward to it, and hopefully it will be better than it looks!

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