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Fanboys (2008)


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 65

Critics Consensus: This undercooked, sporadically funny road movie is a sop to Star Wars fanatics, but the uninitiated will find little to enjoy.

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: This undercooked, sporadically funny road movie is a sop to Star Wars fanatics, but the uninitiated will find little to enjoy.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 68,688



Movie Info

A group of friends who are avid "Star Wars" fans travel west to see the Holy Grail of all sci-fi movies, "Star Wars: Episode I." The year is 1999 and for these death star dorks, the "Star Wars" films are more than just movies; they are a way of life. So, after one of the group takes sick, it is nothing short of a moral imperative that the friends break into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch to watch the seminal sci-fi picture together before its release. Enlisting the help of an estranged friend, … More

PG-13 (for pervasive crude and sexual material, language and drug content)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Ernest Cline , Adam F. Goldberg
In Theaters:
May 19, 2009
Box Office:
The Weinstein Co. - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Fanboys

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (65) | DVD (8)

Buoyed by infectious high spirits and self-deprecating humour, the film works in strange and perhaps unintentional ways, thanks largely to the sustained energy of the lead actors, and writers Ernest Cline and Adam F. Goldberg.

Full Review… | April 3, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Turns out there is something more annoying than an infatuated bunch of Star Wars nerds. Turns out a movie about an infatuated bunch of Star Wars nerds can really set your teeth on edge.

Full Review… | April 2, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It was a great premise, it just unfortunately did not come together.

Full Review… | March 2, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

A lot of promise here, no execution.

Full Review… | March 2, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

Any film that turns R2-D2 into a lusty anatomical nickname can't be all bad.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Fanboys is pretty much for fanboys.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

Overly concerned with making a film about the fans for the fans, but they forgot to ask, is it any good?

Full Review… | July 18, 2011

in a manner that is both thoroughly entertaining and slyly confronting, FanBoys ends up being an affectionate lampoon of its own viewers and the lives that they live through the movies that they watch.

Full Review… | September 7, 2010
Little White Lies

Those unsure of what a scruffy nerfherder is or what the planet Kashyyyk represents in the broader Star Wars universe will probably want to sit this one out.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Washington Times

For those who get a gag like 'Looking for love in Alderaan places?' you don't have to worry if the movie is on your level or not.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009

...the film really only works in fits and starts...

Full Review… | July 14, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

At times the structure labours, but ultimately Fanboys rises above routine Hollywood fare because it never makes fun of the people it represents.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
FILMINK (Australia)

I have never not laughed so much since I saw "Gone Fishin'"...

Full Review… | May 3, 2009
Cinema Crazed

What if the movie sucks?

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Arizona Daily Star

Fanboys does have a heart buried under all that dandruff and sexual frustration.

Full Review… | April 3, 2009
Jam! Movies

Fanboys kind of made me want to stop being one.

Full Review… | March 20, 2009

The humor is fast and furious, especially the ingrained hatred between fans of "Star Wars" and "Star Trek."

Full Review… | March 11, 2009
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

That the boys are so earnest in their dedication to the Star Wars oeuvre signals their stunted adolescence.

Full Review… | March 8, 2009

Pretty funny, as long as it focuses on geek-specific references ('Hey, it's Willow's spell book!').

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

t's the strong Star Wars/geek-centric nature of the film that helps it succeed.

February 27, 2009
Kansas City Star

Fanboys ambles along on a decent sprinkling of chuckles. The tide of in-jokes are funny whether you get them or not because the real humor lies in how they reflect a fraternal code.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
Baltimore Sun

Audience Reviews for Fanboys



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

This comedy combines two things I love into one heavenly mix. One being road trip movies, and the other a certain space opera by the incomprehensible George Lucas. And if there's one thing I can't enough of (whether it be for tribute, satire or a little bit of both), it's Star Wars-inspired stories. This one in particular lands on the qualitative end of the spectrum, and was an enjoyable watch throughout. Even more so as it includes some fun cameos by actors such as Kevin Smith, William Shatner, Carrie Fisher, Seth Rogen and the legendary Billy Dee Williams. Not to be missed if you're a Star Wars fan!

Mike S

Super Reviewer

Hutch: Nobody calls Han Solo a bitch! 

"Real fans don't wait in line."

Fanboys is a decent comedy at best, but I have to say I really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun. I'm not what you would call a fanboy by any stretch. I've seen and love the original trilogy, but a lot of the references were lost on me, as I haven't seen them a hundred times or studied the characters. Still, there is enough there so the casual Star Wars fan isn't left out in the cold. The film isn't overly hilarious, but funny enough for the short runtime.

Four friends plan to go to Skywalker Ranch to watch Episode 1 months before it comes out. The reason is simple, Linus has cancer and probably won't be around when the film hits theaters. So the movie is a road trip adventure, where normal road comedy stuff happens. The friends have a run in with the law, try to get laid(backfires), and ultimately have to make decisions on whether to go on with the trip. I've  seen people compare this to Detroit Rock City and I can't think of a better way to describe it. Substitute Kiss, add Star Wars and a dying kid and you got Fanboys. Hey, you can even keep Sam Huntington.

The cast is what makes the movie special. Sam Huntington, Dan Fogler and Chris Marquette are all fun to watch. I am not a huge Jay Baruchel fan, as I find him really annoying, but he never ruins a movie. Then there's the cute Kristen Bell, as a friend of the four friends and a fellow Starwoid. There's an awesome supporting cast that makes brief appearances, like Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, and William Shatner.

It is a fun and easy to enjoy film that actually turns out to be rather touching; albeit in a nerdy way. Go into it expecting nothing but a typical, average comedy and you should be able to enjoy it. Maybe people should have done that with Episode 1.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Hackneyed road "comedy" is artlessly a 90-minute homage to George Lucas's well-known STAR WARS saga, most specifically THE PHANTOM MENACE. The film begins as a setback to Halloween night in the year of 1998. STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE is still quite a few months away, but for some reason it's on the minds of a group of four buddies meeting at a high school reunion: Eric (Sam Huntington), Linus (Chris Marquette), Hutch (Dan Fogler), and Windows (Jay Baruchel). They have all had a plan since the fifth grade to break into the Skywalker Ranch, which they think is ridiculous, until they realize that Linus is dying and he may not be able to live long enough to see the film. From then on, the film shows their journey to the Skywalker Ranch so they can break in and steal a print of the film.

The big thing about FANBOYS is that it clearly tries at humor and poking fun at STAR WARS, but it fails. In fact, I think I may have yawned while watching this even more than I actually laughed. Want a good, hysterical spoofing of STAR WARS? Try SPACEBALLS. At least that film accomplished what it tried.

Full Review:

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

Fanboys Quotes

You ladies looking for love in Alderaan places?
– Submitted by Niels Z (3 years ago)

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