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Fanboys (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  13 February 2009 (Iceland)
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Star Wars fanatics take a cross-country trip to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) before its release.



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Star Wars fanatics take a cross-country trip to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) before its release.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for pervasive crude and sexual material, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 February 2009 (Iceland)  »

Also Known As:

Fanboys - Rajongók háborúja  »

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Box Office


$3,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$171,533 (USA) (6 February 2009)


$685,484 (USA) (17 April 2009)

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Did You Know?


An original version of Kyle Newman's version of the movie, without any reshoots, was screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe in 2007. See more »


Windows, Zoe, and Hutch play blackjack on a casino table laid out for three-card poker. See more »


[first lines]
Hutch: [as Stormtrooper] Halloween just got awesome, bitches!
Linus: [as Stormtrooper] Prepare for the entrance of Lord Vader.
Windows: [as Darth Vader] Give yourself to the Dark Side. It's the only way you can save your...
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Crazy Credits

The Weinstein Company logo is backed by light saber sound effects. See more »


References Happy Days: My Favorite Orkan (1978) See more »


Written by Billy Corgan
Performed by Smashing Pumpkins
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User Reviews

The Force is Strong with this one.
25 February 2010 | by (Maine) – See all my reviews

"Fanboys" is a movie about, well, fanboys. Four childhood friends make a pact on Halloween night in 1998 to infiltrate the Skywalker Ranch in hopes of catching a rough cut of the long-awaited "Star Wars" prequel, "The Phantom Menace." Together in a geeked-out van, armed with dozens of Rush cassette tapes, they make a cross-country trip where they battle with angry Trekkies ("Star Trek" fans, for the uninitiated), stumble into an "all-male" bar, evade an angry pimp and land in jail, while one of their own attempts to make peace with his fate.

The film was pushed back for so long and re-edited so much (re-shoots were done by hack director Steven Brill, which thankfully were dumped from the final product, as directed by Kyle Newman) that it's easy to let the problems that plagued "Fanboys" overshadow the movie. What the movie delivers, though, is an often hilarious, sometimes sentimental and utterly geeky send-up of geek culture. A valentine to "Star Wars" fans, perhaps, it's a film that pokes fun at its core audience without alienating it. There's a wealth of cameos , too, from the likes of William Shatner, Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes and three (count 'em, three) roles featuring Seth Rogen. If one thing can be said about the film, it's never a bore.

Sure, the road-trip formula has been used many times before, and yes, the film rarely breaks from the expected, but its subplot revolving around a sick friend keeps it from being just some raunchy teen comedy with a geeky twist. "Fanboys" has heart, and combined with a solid young cast and hundreds of "Star Wars" and other nerdy references, makes it a film worth returning to again and again.

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