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Fanboys (2009-ish)

Anyone familiar with the story of Fanboys and its rocky road to the theatre, know that this movie has been in limbo for a couple of years. What's even more crazy about it is that it came out almost 11 years, to the date, AFTER the film four friends set off to get a sneak peek of, Episode I. First off, I can't even believe that it's been that long since The Phantom Menace, but that's an entirely different movie.

Back to Fanboys. Most of the delays in the release of Fanboys was due to the storyline involving Linus' battle with cancer. First it was in, then it was out, then it was back in (after a lot of protest).

So, it's 1998 and four friends, Eric, Linus, Hutch and Windows are eagerly awaiting the release of Episode I. Hutch is such a fan that he has his van mocked up to resemble the interior of the Millennium Falcon complete with R2-D2 on his roof. They all decide to make the trip to Skywalker Ranch, break in, and view a rough cut of Episode I. Along the way, the encounter Trekkies at the future birthplace of Captain Kirk (which actually exists, if you can believe that).

It's not laugh out loud funny, but there are quite a few parts that any fanboy of anything would probably understand and laugh at. Sadly, that is also its kryptonite, as not everyone will get the references to the Star Wars universe. There are quite a few cameos, with a few very familiar with Star Wars. Ultimately, it's not a great movie, but its simple at its core and requires very little thought out of its viewers.