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Star Wars fanatics take a cross-country trip to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) before its release.

February 06, 2009

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At The Movies

Fanboys (PG) * * *

Director: Kyle Newman
Stars: Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, William Shatner
Genre: Comedy
Studio: Alliance Films
Audience Suitability: PG
Rating: * * *
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Date: April 3, 2009



Fads have a habit of taking hold. Back in the day Star Wars became a cultural phenomena, much like the Beatles and James Bond took the world by storm in the 60s. Savvy filmmaker Kyle Newman zeroes in on the fanatics who adore all things George Lucas with Fanboys, an insightful look at some hero worshippers from Alliance Films now shooting for stardom at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking), Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C.

Only a hermit would not have “noticed” a little film called Star Wars back in the mid 70s. Popular the world over to this day the science fiction fantasy series has legions of admirers. Four lads and a girl take those Jedi warriors to new heights when they decide to go on a cross country journey to “preview” the latest Star Wars movie. Their target: Lucasfilms headquarters in San Francisco. Along the way the group encounters loads of problems including a run in with Star Trek geeks and a side journey to Las Vegas where their plot gets upgraded.

Wildly flambouyant and full of great in the know jokes and pop culture references Fanboys is rock em sock em fun that packs quite a wallop. Onlookers will clearly get caught up in the quest of these sci fi worshippers who are at their best when they’re in their element. Lone female member of the group Zoe has more than her hands full trying to quell the hysteria of her co-conspirators. Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) puts on a brave front as a comic store clerk seduced into going along for the ride.

Believe it or not there’s actually a back story to this saga including a medical ailment that sort of sets things in motion. Wacky cameos including a small bit by Vancouver born Seth Rogen (Superbad) further liven up the proceedings but it’s really the genuine chemistry between the four main men who provide loads of comic relief. Among this select entourage is Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up) who lights things up as the nerdy Windows.

Coming of age also infects these guys though such scenes are handled tactfully with no sexual tension. Homage to George Lucas’s brainchild includes well developed scenes and props sure to hit home with both nerds and the general populace. If you like movies and comedy you’ll enjoy this 90 minute road show lark.

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