Free Enterprise (1998)
Average Rating: 6.5/10
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Average Rating: 5.7/10
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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
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A celebration of risk-taking in the spirit of the heroism of Captain Kirk.
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.
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.
The highly-charged comic engine for the entire vehicle is none other than William Shatner.
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.
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.
Facile but fun, Free Enterprise is essentially a harmless goof that packs a bit more resonance than you'd expect.
The in-joke -peppered dialogue is consistently brilliant and the genial Shatner allows himself to be sent up nicely.
A worthwhile entry in the large pool of coming-of-age comedies, bound to be a hoot for Trekkies, an amusing ride for others.
Quick, smart, ironic fare.
Funny and thought-provoking, Free Enterprise strikes home with its well-deserved skewering of Gen X obsessions, compulsions, and angst.
Think of Free Enterprise as something along the lines of, When Harry Met Lieutenant Uhura.
Audience Reviews for Free Enterprise
- Robert: Mr. Shatner, I just wanted to say that you are the greatest American actor, ever!
- Bill: I'm a Canadian.
- Robert: Then you're the greatest Canadian actor... ever!
- Bill: There aren't that many of them.
- Mark: If you play both Brutus and Caesar, won't you have to stab yourself in the back?
- Bill: I've done it before.
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