Four geeks attempt to make a Fan-produced Star Wars film, and the director quickly makes things miserable from the stress.


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Credited cast:
Chris Hanel ...
Thomas Harrison
Abe Peterka ...
Justin Whitlock ...
Rebecca Peterka ...
James Kropa ...
James / Greedo
Michael Mulherin ...
Chad Canfield ...
Boba Fatt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erik Boettcher ...
Prank Jedi
Zachary Canfield ...
Young Jedi
Chris Hodge ...
Excalibur Clerk
Red Leader (Voice) / Menthol's Victim


It is a time of summer vacation. Tom "Servo" Harrison, a die hard Star Wars nerd, and his friends, decide to start work on a Star Wars fanfilm. Whether the film will be the highlight of their career or the breaking of their friendship remains to be seen. Parodying "Star Wars", "High Fidelity", "Jaws", "Fight Club", and "The Matrix", "The Formula" remains one of the most professional fanfilms on the web. Written by doggans

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi



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1 June 2002 (USA)  »

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The Formula: Enriched  »

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$2,500 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Needing money and not able to offer anything in return for people's "investments", the filmmakers offered a Producer's credit, an invitation to the premiere, and a copy of the movie for any sizable donation to the production. They raised $2,500. See more »


James: Star WARS? You dare to ask a Trekkie to work cross-religions on a project in celebration of the Force? Blasphemy.
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References Dogma (1999) See more »

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Believe it or not, it's one of my favorite movies.
28 May 2004 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

How good can a Star Wars fan film get? Want to know the answer? Then go and watch "The Formula"!

Problem with many Star Wars fan films is that many of them are the same and are basically a lame excuse to do a lightsaber duel, which are mostly set in a forest. "The Formula" perfectly spoofs this but without making the fan filmers ridiculous. It's kind of the same as Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" and it's more of a homage to all the fan filmers. In a way it also makes me proud of being a Star Wars fan.

The movie has a great story. What makes the story so great are probably the characters that are in it and some good dialogue. Many of the situations will be very recognizable for those who have ever made or did an attempt of making a Star Wars fan film.

The humor plays a crucial element in the movie and gives it a very good fun kind of feeling. There are some clever jokes and the movie spoofs more than just the Star Wars movies. My favorite element of the movie are the two stereotype Trekkies that are in it, those two are absolutely hilarious and have some great dialogue and show that Star Wars fans are not so nerdy after all, when you compare to them (no offense Trekkie ;-) ).

Sure the movie is not completely flawless. Lets face it, it is and stays an amateur movie. But it's made with much profession, love and passion that'll forget you're watching a low/no-budget amateur movie. But that still doesn't mean that it is always perfect. For instance of course the acting is at times simply weak and not all of the jokes are successful. But in no way all of that weakens the excellence of this movie.

Wonderful film with tons of fun! Especially recommendable for those who are a bit familiar in the Star Wars fan film community.


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