Somewhat Profane Ode To STAR WARS
Release Date: February 06, 2009
Starring: Sam Huntington, Chris
Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay
Baruchel, and Kristen Bell
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
Director: Kyle Newman
Executive Producer: Kevin Mann, Bob Weinstein and
Producer: Evan Astrowsky, Dana Brunetti,
Matthew Perniciaro, and Kevin
Writer: Ernest Cline and Adam F.
Address Comments To:Bob and Harvey Weinstein
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Set in 1998, five friends journey across country to the famed Skywalker Ranch to steal an early copy of STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE. When they learn that one of their friends is going to die from cancer a few months before the theatrical opening of the famed series’ prequel, they set out to break into Skywalker Ranch so they can make his last wish come true.
Along their journey, the friends go on the run from the police, are forced to strip dance in a homosexual bar, smoke peyote with a Native American and have visions of Ewoks, and get into a hilarious scuffle with STAR TREK fans. The movie does contain a heartwarming ending that emphasizes the bonds of friendship, but it hardly outweighs the movie’s flaws.
Filled with bizarre situations that could only happen in a galaxy far, far away, FANBOYS has a lot of storytelling problems as well as characters that seem stuck in a sophomoric state of cognitive development. Dramatically, the movie fails in almost every way except as a sometimes-hilarious ode to STAR WARS fans, but even that falls far below the epic scope of George Lucas’ mythical vision.
The movie’s content also does not do justice to the saga. It is filled with crude, sexual jokes, including strong homosexual content, as well as strong foul language and some drug use. Thus, true fans of the STAR WARS movie would be well served to ignore FANBOYS and enjoy more worthwhile entertainment. For a complete list of worthwhile and morally uplifting movies that are currently in theatres, please visit www.movieguide.org.
As one big “inside joke” to STAR WARS fans, FANBOYS is sometimes funny. Ultimately, however, the movie’s crude content journeys to the dark side and eclipses the story’s force, despite a heartwarming ending. The movie is filled with crude sexual jokes (including strong homosexual content) and strong foul language. Thus, true STAR WARS fans will want to ignore FANBOYS. For a complete list of more worthwhile, uplifting movies, please visit movieguide.org.