National Lampoon's The Legend of Awesomest Maximus

  • Actors: Will Sasso, Ian Ziering, Kristanna Loken, Sophie Monk, Tony Cox

  • Director: Jeff Kanew

  • Language: English

  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1

  • Number of discs: 1

  • Rated: Unrated


  • Release Date: March 20, 2012

  • Run Time: 91 minutes

  •             I laughed more during Immortals than I did watching the epic spoof, The Legend of Awesomest Maximus. What’s more, the films which are spoofed in the latest lazy entry from the National Lampoon gang are all old enough to no longer seem relevant. There are no Immortals jokes, but instead the most recent film to be poked fun of is 300, which much of the film instead focusing on Troy and Gladiator for inspiration.

                General Awesomest Maximus (Will Sasso) is destined to be great, so he has turned into a slacker in the kingdom of Horny King Looney of Troy (Rip Torn). The overall incompetence leads to a rivalry with King Erotic of Greece when Prince Orlando steals the King’s wife, Ellen (Sophie Monk). The great warrior Testiclees (Ian Ziering) is sent after them to retrieve Ellen and glory, while General Awesomest Maximus must prepare for his destiny.

                The Legend of Awesomest Maximus is directed by Jess Kanew, best known for Revenge of the Nerds. There have certainly been worse spoof films in the recent past, but just because this film is better than Epic Movie doesn’t make it anywhere near the quality I would be comfortable recommending. Then again, I can’t remember the last spoof which I found deserving of praise, so I suppose this could just be a genre I could do without. Too bad we have passed the days of Naked Gun and Airplane.


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