"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.
It's an ok raunchy movie good for just a few laughs. "Fanboys" is a movie about, well, fanboys. Story was weak although it entertain me. Watch if your a fan of one of the actors in it or if your a star wars fan.
On Halloween night, 1998, Eric Bottler (Sam Huntington) reunites with his old high school buddies Linus (Christopher Marquette), Hutch (Dan Fogler), Windows (Jay Baruchel), and Zoe (Kristen Bell) at a costume party. There is tension between Bottler and his old friends, due to Bottler being the only one that matured since high school. Bottler, now a successful car salesman, finds that his friends haven't changed a bit since high school; the number one thing they still have in common is their love of Star Wars. The gang expresses their anticipation for the latest installment to the franchise, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Linus proposes an idea that Bottler and he had been plotting since they were children: to infiltrate Skywalker Ranch and steal a rough cut of the film. The next day, Hutch and Windows meet Bottler at work and inform him that Linus has cancer. The doctors estimate that he only has roughly four months to live; Episode I comes out in six. To make peace with his former best friend, Bottler decides to go through with their plan and infiltrate Skywalker Ranch. While on the road, Hutch decides to take a detour to Riverside, Iowa (the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk) in an attempt to start a fight with some Trekkies. Hutch gets his wish after attacking a Trekkie by the name of Admiral Seasholtz (Seth Rogen) in retaliation to Seasholtz calling Han Solo a bitch. After arriving in Texas, the group encounters Harry Knowles (Ethan Suplee). After explaining their situation Harry gives them information on one of his contacts that knows how to successfully enter Skywalker Ranch. They are told to meet Harry's contact in Las Vegas, but before they get there they are arrested for fleeing a police vehicle. Zoe arrives to bail them out of jail, and accompanies them on their journey. Once in Vegas, Hutch and Windows make an attempt to have sex with some girls while Bottler and Linus go to meet Harry's contact. They are shocked to find that his contact is none other than William Shatner. Shatner gives them the information they need and leaves. Upon his departure, Seasholtz and his Trekkie friends, who were attending a Star Trek convention in Vegas, attack them. Meanwhile, Hutch and Windows discover that the girls they were with are prostitutes and their angry pimp (Seth Rogen) wants them to pay up. The group escapes their adversaries and eventually arrive at Skywalker Ranch. Shortly after breaking in to the Ranch, they are discovered by security guards and are caught after a brief chase. The Head of Security (Danny R. McBride) tells them of their impending doom when he receives a phone call from George Lucas himself. Lucas tells him that he will drop all charges if they can prove to him that they are "fanboys." After a short quiz, the Head of Security confirms that they are fanboys and Lucas drops all charges. Being aware of Linus's illness, Lucas allows him to watch the film alone. After the film ends, Linus joins his friends around a campfire and mends his friendship with Bottler. Six months later, Bottler, Windows, and Zoe emerge from their tent they used to camp out in while waiting in line for the first showing of Episode I. It is revealed that Bottler followed his and Linus's dream by becoming a comic book artist, Hutch has finally started his own detailing business, and Windows and Zoe are now in a relationship. Hutch arrives at the theater with beers he smuggled in, which they use to toast to Linus's memory. Just as the movie starts, Bottler asks his friends, "Hey you guys, what if the movie sucks?"
Conceptually, this is a pretty cool idea for a movie. Overall this is not only a love letter to Star Wars fandom, but to general nerdy fandom period. There's all kinds of in jokes, deep cut references ,and some killer cameos (some better than others). One of my favorite little touches is how Jay Baruchel's character's appearance is modeled after that of how George Lucas looked in the 70s. IEven though this came out first, I was reminded a lot of Paul, that other sci-fi comedy that's a total love letter to all things nerdy. I think that one is better, but this one also is not bad, and I can relate, namely being a Star Wars fan and a bit of e nerd myself. I'd probably liken myself to being a male version of the Kristen Bell character, though to a slightly lesser extent.
This is some funny stuff, and, while it was agreeable enough, I don't think it's really all that good. For one some of the cameos were just silly (KS and JM), and I don't think the material was all that well written. Plus, I think they should have REALLY gone all out with the tributes and references. Some of the casting (namely the bit and supporting parts) were inspired though. Also, I'm not gonna lie, I did get emotionally moved and was just on the verge of a tear or two.
This is an entertaining film, but it isn't really all that strong or remarkable. The performances are decent, and there's some good chemistry present, but I could have used some more and better development and writing. I should give it a half star less, but given my love for the subject matter, as well as the fact that this is not only a road movie, but one where the journey is more important than the destination, it's hard for me to really bring myself to do that.
So yeah, I do slightly recommend this, but this isn't for all people. I'd stay away if you're not into nerd culture, specifically Star Wars. If you see this as an outsider, you'll probably be bored and unmoved.
The whole bit where one of the characters is dying of cancer is barely mentioned throughout the movie. It never comes into play at all throughout the plot. I'm pretty sure these guys would have tried to break into Skywalker Ranch if Linus was perfectly healthy.
Dan Fogler is so hilarious as well as I like Kristen Bell the best in her performance.
Surprised appearances with Star Wars faves Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Ray Parks, as well as from the likes of Seth Rogen, Jaime King, Williams Shatner, Danny Trejo and Danny McBride.