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Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side
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01.12.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Dominic Polcino

Actors:
Alex Borstein
Seth Green
Mila Kunis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Peter shares his take on Lucas’ classic film THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. WARNING: some of the following scenes may greatly differ from the original…but you know, in a funny way.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’ve been a loyal FAMILY GUY fan from day one, and though I feel that some episodes lately are reaching deep into left field for laughs, I still maintain that I’m a solid fan of the series. I watched the first STAR WARS presentation (BLUE HARVEST) and felt the same way then as I did during SOMETHING, SOMETHING, SOMETHING DARK SIDE: underwhelmed. For a spoof that had so much potential, it just doesn’t go the distance for me. If this had been the first attempt at such a thing it would be different, but it isn’t and ends up feeling tired.

We all know the STAR WARS franchise up, down, back, forth and sideways by now, and with countless winks and nods in this series’ direction nearly every time you sit down to watch TV, the biggest question on my mind about these flicks was WHY!? And I answer, MONEY of course. This is yet another reason I disliked this weak incarnation. I have a strong distaste for George Lucas and for anything that puts another dime in his pocket (of which I’m sure this did aplenty). The only thing worse than seeing this twice now is knowing there are four more to come.

Now as far as the writing goes, the FAMILY GUY schtick we all know and love was in attendance but the jokes never took it to the next level in my opinion. I laughed (literally) a couple times, and I owe that to Stewie. I’ve always found the added F-bombs and such feel out of place when you hear them, regardless of which character is using them. These “feature film” episodes sprinkle them in for shock value but we’re past that now and as a result, they feel a touch forced and awkward. This baby looks and sounds great in HD, but FAMILY GUY is hardly necessary on Blu-ray.

SOMETHING, SOMETHING, SOMETHING, DARK SIDE was coming whether we wanted it or not (as is Episode VI: WE HAVE A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS), and personally I don’t think you’re missing much here if this flick slips through your fingers. STAR WARS fanatics who love FAMILY GUY will be in heaven, but for those of you on the fence I dare say this is mediocre fun at best. I love Peter and the gang as much as the next guy or gal, but these spoofed up parodies feel like by the number money gimmicks to me, which sucks the fun factor out of them pretty quick. Somewhere Lucas is building castles out of money and burning them to spite us.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: The production team all band together for this one, but the two voices who kept me interested were Seth MacFarlane and Seth Green. Green is as hilarious as ever; I just wish he had a meatier role in the series as the guy is capable of so much more in the laughs department.

Family Guy Fact-Ups: This feature plays the film in “pop-up video mode” giving us little blurbs of extra points pertaining to each scene. These extra tidbits range from “damn funny” to “um, did they really just say that?”

The Dark Side of Poster Art: A slightly funny video shot in night vision where the artist goes on and on about the potential dangers of poster art. This one gets old fast.

Animatic Scene-to-Scene with Commentary: Director Dominic Polcino gives us a brief six minute look at the rough draft animation concepts vs. the final product. The animation here is what it is, but there can be no denying how far the show has come.

“Family Guy Something, Something, Something Dark Side” Table read: Here we get a look at the complete cast all kicking it at the same table for line rehearsal. It’s crammed but it looks fun as hell.

Sneak Peek of “Family Guy-Episode VI: We Have A Bad Feeling About This” Table read: A two and a half minute look at some of the next flick’s lines and jokes as told around the rehearsal table. I’m not expecting too much from these, but rest assured we’ll see all six before this is done.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE GOOD: there are plenty of plot holes in EMPIRE to make proper fun of. THE BAD: though some are laugh inducing, most are not. FAMILY GUY is FAMILY GUY, and thus you know what you’re in for here, but the question of owning it will depend on how die-hard a fan you truly are.

Extra Tidbit: I'm morbidly curious to see what they do with Darth Maul.
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