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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: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. JM.
    Feb 15, 2009
    10
    An excellent tribute to Lucas and all things scifi.
  2. 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
  3. mikek
    May 26, 2009
    9
    This was probably funnier to me than most being a complete fanboy my self and the guest stars where great.
  4. JayH.
    May 10, 2009
    6
    Likable but overall it's a pretty routine comedy that has a plot that is all too familiar. The cast is entertaining. Not bad, but it's not very memorable. 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. Jul 26, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Fanboys: 5 out of 10: The back-story behind this film is much more interesting than what appears on the screen. It seems in a galaxy far far away the evil Harvey “Darth” Weinstein wanted to cut out the main plot of this movie. (Kid dying of cancer wants to see Star Wars Episode One before he dies.) The rebel alliance (Director Kyle Newman) fought a guerilla battle against Harvey and won so the film is now released with the Linus dying of cancer subplot intact.

    Well, since the movie itself seems too conveniently ignore the Linus cancer plot at regular intervals, (Chris Marquette who plays Linus looks like he is about to run a triathlon rather than someone with a fatal illness. He is like a male Ali McGraw) one can be excused to ponder what the hubbub was about.

    In actuality the cancer subplot was the second most ridiculous story line in the film with the first being Sam Huntington’s quest to not inherit his fathers 12 car dealerships... cause becoming a multimillionaire overnight means abandoning your dreams of drawing comic books? Fanboys is funny in spots and has some great performances including Kristen Bell as the perfect geek girl and Dan Fogler who is the spiritual reincarnation of Curtis Armstrong (Booger from Revenge of the Nerds) and great cameos including William Shatner.

    The main leads (Marquette and Huntington) are charisma free drips however and the movie suffers from an overall sloppiness. For example it takes place in 1998 yet is chock full of items that simply did not exist back then (IMDB has a nice list here). Getting the poster of Darth Vader wrong, (It is the version from Episode 3) or having a scene in a comic book store with modern comics visible on the shelves seems like small things. However, this is a movie for fanboys. If there is one group that would notice such sloppiness it is they.

    Overall a hit or miss road comedy with a Star Wars veneer, Fanboys is well meaning but not really worth the time.
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  7. PatrickI
    May 28, 2009
    2
    Awful. Totally awful. It was so bad I paused it about 3/4 of the way through and couldn't muster the energy to finish it off. Beyond the predictably lame plot, Dan Fogler is by far the least amusing thing about this film, and it's about a kid with cancer! He is literally less funny then cancer. Expand

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