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Free Enterprise (1999)

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67

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Movie Info

With a little help from the commander of the Starship Enterprise, two geeky sci-fi buffs venture into the final frontier -- finding a steady girlfriend -- in this satiric comedy. Mark (Eric McCormack) and Rob (Rafer Weigel) are two guys in their late 20s who are emotionally stuck in adolescence; they're obsessed with science fiction, comics, and collectable toys, and they aren't especially graceful or successful in their relationships with the opposite sex. While both have actually been able to

Nov 2, 1998

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A celebration of risk-taking in the spirit of the heroism of Captain Kirk.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A reference-laden but emotionally thin relationship comedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The fun of Free Enterprise, which occasionally runs a bit thin but is mostly sustained by the filmmakers' verve and wit, lies in its many visual and verbal references to popular culture trivia.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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When compared to other entries from the recent crop of new filmmakers crafting movies about their lives, Free Enterprise stands out as one of the most entertaining and least pretentious efforts.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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...uniformly superb performances...

March 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The highly-charged comic engine for the entire vehicle is none other than William Shatner.

September 14, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The movie is so crammed full of lethally funny science fiction references that even hard-core Trekkers might miss some, and many regular folk will only hear them go whizzing overhead.

July 29, 2003
Jam! Movies

This movie hits my demographic so closely that I can hardly review it objectively. If you love action figures and William Shatner, you need to own this film.

February 21, 2003
New Times

This is a good comedy about two fans with a hero and a dream.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A witty comedy that glows with self-deprecating humour.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com

Facile but fun, Free Enterprise is essentially a harmless goof that packs a bit more resonance than you'd expect.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

The in-joke -peppered dialogue is consistently brilliant and the genial Shatner allows himself to be sent up nicely.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A worthwhile entry in the large pool of coming-of-age comedies, bound to be a hoot for Trekkies, an amusing ride for others.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Quick, smart, ironic fare.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

Funny and thought-provoking, Free Enterprise strikes home with its well-deserved skewering of Gen X obsessions, compulsions, and angst.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Think of Free Enterprise as something along the lines of, When Harry Met Lieutenant Uhura.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

There isn't a single believable second in this film with the structure and tone of a sincere romantic comedy is a problem even Captain Kirk would have trouble solving.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Free Enterprise

The cut I saw of this movie was a little long and a lot of the scenes could have been shortened or cut out all together. The characters were good and the journey they go on was good to watch. It had a lot of fn stuff in it but people not into the fan stuff should be able to follow the flick.
I'm a little suprised that Shatner was in the flick as he is playing himself and comes off as a little crazy.
I didn't mind the rap at the end either.
April 25, 2008
superclerk25

Super Reviewer

A dopey, low-rent Swingers knock-off that opts to dry hump film geek and comic book culture instead of swing dancing and martini culture. The references are great even if the execution was really weak. The scenes with Shatner are worthwhile, but for as much as this movie is right up my alley, it just came off as really contrived and from what I caught (there was a point where my friends and I took what would become a permanent break from it), it never really came together. And when I saw the rest from oddly enough where I left off upon my initial viewing it was even worse. The climactic party with Shatner rapping/delivering a monologue was nothing short of awful.
November 18, 2007
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

A little cheap and annoying as the subject matter is such an easy target, but seeing Shatner send himself up makes it worth it. Kevin Smith does this kind of stuff so much better though.
June 17, 2007
garyX
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Super Reviewer

This film could have been terribly amusing but it commits the greatest sin - it is terribly boring. Poor William Shatner. I hope he was paid well.
June 16, 2014
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

    1. Robert: Mr. Shatner, I just wanted to say that you are the greatest American actor, ever!
    2. Bill: I'm a Canadian.
    3. Robert: Then you're the greatest Canadian actor... ever!
    4. Bill: There aren't that many of them.
    – Submitted by Jeff F (14 months ago)
    1. Mark: If you play both Brutus and Caesar, won't you have to stab yourself in the back?
    2. Bill: I've done it before.
    – Submitted by Jeff F (14 months ago)
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