The current year is 2012. This movie parodies GLADIATOR (2000), TROY (2004), and 300 (2007). Not only is it nearly a decade too late, but it’s painfully unfunny. The result is on par with, if not worse than a Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer movie. In fact, it’s like a spoof of MEET THE SPARTANS, their own 300 parody which itself was released in 2008. Are we reaching some meta-level of self-aware comedy that I’m just not getting?
Or maybe the filmmakers behind AWESOMEST MAXIMUS (including Jeff Kanew, the director of REVENGE OF THE NERDS) are just that lazy. This is a movie made exclusively for infantile males with an immature sense of humor. The script throws everything it can against the wall in the hopes that something will stick—gay jokes, dick jokes, racist jokes, handicapped jokes, incest jokes and non-stop cursing. (If you think saying bad words is automatically funny than this is the flick for you.) Characters have names like Awesomest, Testiclees, Hottessa and Minoritees (the token black guy, obviously). And everyone loves nudity, so of course there’s modern strip clubs in ancient Rome. But the worst or the worst is a BRAVEHEART-style torture scene where the hero has obese naked women sit on his face.
Who would be sad enough to sign up for this crap? MadTV’s Will Sasso stars as the title character. 47 year old former 90210 star Ian Ziering plays the least convincing “Brad Pitt in TROY” you could imagine. Even Kristaana Loken, who took some time off from her career with Uwe Boll, and Tony Cox, on loan from Friedberg/Seltzer, make appearances. But Rip Torn should be the most embarrassed, even more so than his DUIs or FREDDY GOT FINGERED. Even if he clearly just signed on because he gets to continually fondle hot women as they sit on his lap.
Extra Tidbit: One of the guy’s from Comedy Central’s very funny “Workaholics” has a cameo here.