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Fanboys a.k.a. “Fan Boys”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for pervasive crude and sexual material, language and drug content.
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Primary Audience:
Teens, Adults
Genre:
Comedy, Adventure, Drama
Length:
1 hr. 30 min.
Year of Release:
2009
USA Release:
February 6, 2009 (limited—40 theaters)
DVD: May 19, 2009
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Featuring: Dan Fogler, Kristen Bell, Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Jay Baruchel, David Denman, Christopher McDonald, Charlie B. Brown, Isaac Kappy, Seth Rogen, Thom Bishops, Clark Sanchez, Stanley Shunkamolah, Danny Trejo, Hugh Elliot, Allie Grant, Ethan Suplee, Joe Lo Truglio, Billy Dee Williams, Jaime King-Newman, Pell James, William Shatner, Carrie Fisher, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Zak Knutson, Chuck Borden, Ray Park, Peter Reinert, Will Forte, Craig Robinson, Lou Taylor Pucci, Noah Segan, Rachel Klein, Stephen Pina
Director: Kyle Newman
Producer: Trigger Street Productions, Coalition Film, Picture Machine, The Weinstein Company, Kevin Spacey, Evan Astrowsky, Dana Brunetti, D. Scott Lumpkin, Kevin Mann, Matthew Perniciaro, Ron Cosmo Vecchiarelli, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Distributor: The Weinstein Company / Dimension

“Never tell them the odds.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “In this ‘riotous’ road movie from producer Kevin Spacey, a group of friends who are avid ‘Star Wars’ fans travel west to see the Holly Grail of all sci-fi movies, ‘Star Wars: Episode I.’

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.”


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Comments from young people
Neutral—I loved this movie, but that does not mean that you will. There are a lot of swear words and sex related content, but there is not nudity. It’s a very funny movie, and I would watch it again and again. I’d say that if your over the age of 13 and you love Star Wars, this movie is a great fit.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sam Jonson, age 14 (USA)
Movie Critics
…raunchy, rough-around-the-edges …exploits a less-than-solid storytelling device… an awful lot of bodily-function humor…
—Peter Debrug, Variety
…There are enough good jokes in “Fanboys”… it’s weighed down by tired conventions and a general sense of having missed its moment. …
—Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
…Its primary flaw is that it’s not critical. It is a celebration of an idiotic lifestyle, and I don’t think it knows it. … an amiable but disjointed movie…
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
…“Fanboys” doesn’t have a fan’s obsessive attention to detail, or the giddy geekiness that can make Tarantino’s movies both thrilling and trying. It’s not nearly nerdy enough.
—Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
…low-budget movie… After a trek, “Fanboys” is lost in space… When the movie is funny, though, it’s reasonably funny. …
—Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
…Uninspired and only faintly funny… it doesn’t even really attempt to get inside the minds of the people who care, deeply, about pop culture minutia. …The film is a FAIL…
—Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle