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  • Summary: It's 1998 and "Star Wars" fanboys across the globe eagerly await the release of "Episode I." But for Eric, Linus, Hutch and Windows the term "fanboy" is more than just a title, it's a badge of honor. Spurred by impatience and an undying loyalty to their cause, these former high school friends reunite to undertake the road trip of their fan-tasies. Traveling West across the country to visit their Mecca - George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch - the plan is to break in, steal the film and stake their claim as the first fanboys in history to watch it. But to secure their place in the fanboy hall of fame, they'll have to contend with bizarre bikers, a crazy pimp, a deranged group of trekkies and the quiet intensity of William Shatner. (The Weinstein Company)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. A hilariously spry effort from an equally unpromising premise.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    At times, Fanboys is every rowdy low-budget '80s road movie you've ever seen on Cinemax at 2 in the morning. What keeps the movie near, if not actually in, hyperdrive is its love of deep-dish geek culture and a gaggle of cameo appearances.
  3. Mildly cute, mildly drooly, majorly too late spoof/homage.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    End result feels like an uneven cross between an amateur "Project Greenlight" pic and such recent comedies as "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express," in which indie directors brought a certain edge to material that might once have felt more at home under the National Lampoon label.
  5. I love that fanboys fought for Fanboys. Unfortunately, their passion was misplaced.
  6. Given how insultingly fanboys are portrayed, even the fan base could be put off.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    20
    The one genuine bright spot among the performers is Kristen Bell as Windows's would-be girlfriend, his dream combination of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Janeane Garofalo.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Dec 5, 2011
    9
    I don't quite understand the dislike for fanboys, maybe it's like marmite: you either love it or you hate it.
    Maybe to get a lot of the jokes
    and feel... to even empathise with the characters plus their actions you need to be similar to them, which for many may be a problem as not all of us a militant Star Wars fans. Expand
  2. Apr 29, 2011
    8
    Its a funny movie,sure the plot is ridiculous,but its worth of your time! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Expand
  3. Mar 10, 2011
    7
    A perfectly enjoyable geeky movie, an interesting concept that is good but wont appeal to a lot of people, but it's still a good movie from beginning to end. Expand
  4. Feb 6, 2012
    7
    This tribute to Star Wars is so much fun. 4 nerds are trying to see the new Star Wars moive before it comes out in cinema. But I think this movie is not for everyone. So descide: are you a little bit a Star Wars / SciFi nerd but you can laugh about this stuff? Than watch it! Expand
  5. Dec 27, 2011
    6
    "Fanboys" One line Review -

    Not as bad as it could have been, a lot of stuff was forced. Still a enjoyable view for any Star Wars fan, great
    cameos. C+ Expand
  6. Feb 23, 2013
    4
    Fanboys is an extremely overrated comedy, about four friends, who decide to break in to George Lucas's home, in order to steal a copy of Star Wars: Episode 1, six months before it hits theaters. The movie was very well reviewed and had a big word of mouth following, and being a huge Sci-Fi fan, I couldn't wait to see it. The story however was extremely weak and filled with cliché Star Wars jokes. It was predictable, done, and lame. The only really cool thing about the film was the cameos. In this tiny independent film they had cameos by William Shatner, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Kevin Smith, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Seth Rogan, an impressive list to be sure! Like I said thou, the movie was weak and done. Unless you're a diehard Star Wars fan, I'd skip this one. Expand
  7. Dec 2, 2011
    3
    Bottom Line: Better luck next timeâ

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