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Fanboys

Year: 2008
Production Co: Trigger Street Productions
Director: Kyle Newman
Writer: Ernest Cline/Adam F Goldberg/Dan Pulick
Cast: Dan Folger, Kristen Bell, Seth Rogen, William Shatner, Carrie Fisher, Kevin Smith

It's a pretty clever idea for a comedy as the possibilities not only in the overarching story but little satirical details are endless. The film makes the most of them, and it's an enjoyable if undemanding romp with some good laughs. It's late 1998 and four Star Wars obsessives are counting the days until The Phantom Menace comes out, George Lucas' return to a galaxy far, far away the best news any of them have had since 1983.

But they're not kids anymore and the voices of reason, stability, responsibility and maturity are getting louder. The bombshell that one of them has cancer and might not even live to see the new Star Wars makes the situation even more urgent, and they decide to throw caution to the wind and embark on one more stupid childish adventure - drive across the country, break into Skywalker Ranch and steal the print to watch for themselves.

On they way they battle rabid Trekkies, end up in the pocket of a fearsome hooker's minder (Rogen) in Vegas and come across more celebrity cameos than you can shake a stick at, from William Shatner secretly betraying his Trekkie army to Harry Knowles (aintitcool.com) out for revenge against the guy who's embarked on a Internet relationship with his 10 year old niece after she's posed as a grown woman. Lines in the movie both consciously and subconsciously reference the films (one of the guys says 'I love you' to the doctor played by Carrie Fisher. Her reply; 'I know').

After sitting on the Weinstein company's shelf for 18 months, Harvey ordered reshoots by Steven (Little Nicky, Drillbit Taylor) Brill, but considerable fan pressure saw most of the original cut left in.

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