Fanboys

Synopsis: Get ready for the comedy adventure that’s “smart, funny, and tailor-made for the inner-Jedi in all of us” (Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com). In 1998, four childhood buddies with a shared love of all things Star Wars reunite for one final, hilarious odyssey. Their insane plan: a cross-country road trip to storm George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch and steal a copy of Episode I before it’s released. With the police, a crew of angry Trekkies, and a crazy pimp hot on their trail, what could possibly go wrong? Featuring Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury), Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder), and Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), plus a slew of hysterical surprise cameos, “the Force IS strong with this one!” (Brian Gallagher, MovieWeb)
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Fanboys 7.5

When one them falls ill with inoperable cancer, four friends hit the road to fulfil his lifelong dream. Along the way they visit places here-to-fore unknown to them, meet eccentric locals, and get into myriad kinds of mischief. Hilarity ensues.

*yawn* Bored yet?

Admittedly, at its core, ‘Fanboys’ is nothing exceptional. We’ve seen it all before; it’s a road trip comedy that travels along familiar paths, on journeys that were far more interesting and/or hilarious.

But the big draw of ‘Fanboys’ is the fact that it was written by a Star Wars fan, for Star Wars fans. Thus, the film is rife with Star Wars-related references and cameos – the filmmakers really made every conceivable effort to wink at audience at every turn (moreso than the Family Guy episodes did, actually, although the humour here is less charged).

On this count, the film doesn’t disappoint: it really does offer fans a smorgasbord of quotes, name-dropping, parody, …etc. In fact, for Star Wars fans, it’s a movie that needs to be seen multiple times in order to “get” the full experience; it’s one of those that needs a notepad, a lot of attention to detail and a fair bit of patience to savour.

So, being a big fan of the original theatrical versions of Star Wars (not so much the various “Special Editons”), I thought that it was a fun ride. I will watch it again. But, when I do, I will always watch it alone or with other fans – because it would otherwise be a pretty vacuous experience.

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