Excerpt: Four friends take a hilarious road trip across the country to honor the wish of their dying buddy - to break into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and watch "Star Wars: Episode 1" before the movie's worldwide release.
Excerpt: Fanboys ignites a number of long-standing geek debates. Does Luke have feelings for Princess Leia? Is Boba Fett an overrated acrobat? These are important debates… if you’re the fan base that will appreciate something as simple as Hutch (Dan Fogler) punching his van’s roof to start it up.
Excerpt: The Movie It is a time of sweet, innocent anticipation: 1998, six months until Episode I opens, much to the delight of longtime fans like me. One particular Star Wars -phile has been diagnosed with a terminal illness that will make his attendance on opening day an impossibility, and so he and his buds embark upon a bold (and wholly fictitious) journey, to break into Skywalker Ranch and view the rough cut. This noble quest gives Fanboys some much-needed heart.
Excerpt: With the movies of Kevin Smith acting as its blueprint, "Fanboys" is little more than the worst possible geek handjob, a movie by overly zealous fans that will only appeal to other fans and no one else.
Excerpt: I’ve kept track of Fanboys for years. Since the Weinstein refused to release it without their cuts, to the striking of Weinstein Company’s films, to its premiere at Comic-Con, its rumored release around with Clone Wars, to finally now! I know, it was only released in eight cities, but I was lucky enough to be in one of those eight cities. And yes I know the critics canned it saying that only fans will like it. Well, tell me this, who the hell is going to see it!
Excerpt: At the end of Fanboys , when the boys and token girl finally settle in to watch The Phantom Menace , one turns to the group and asks "Guys, what if the movie sucks?" It's a question that also should have occurred to the assorted geeks and fans who fought so hard for this movie's release, starting anti-Harvey Weinstein websites and insisting that the movie's darker subplot be kept intact, according to the wishes of director Kyle Newman.
Excerpt: With Star Wars offshoots now reliably appearing every time George Lucas sneezes out an idea, it's hard to remember a time when new chapters in his saga created a mystique, much less anticipation. But, as Fanboys reminds viewers (and then reminds them some more), the summer of 1998 was a different time, a time when the desire to see The Phantom Menace built as fast as the pace of information leaked over dial-up Internet connections would allow.
Conclusion: It's hard to be a complete curmudgeon when dealing with a film that obviously has its heart in the right place, as Fanboys indubitably does. That still doesn't excuse some sloppy writing and a tone that lurches to and fro like the Millennium Falcon in need of a tune up. Anyone who's ever deeply loved a movie, whether or not it was Star Wars , will certainly recognize themselves, at least passingly, in the geeks of Fanboys .