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Fanboys (2009)

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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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Kyle Newman

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Ernest Cline (screenplay), Adam F. Goldberg (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Huntington ... Eric
Chris Marquette ... Linus
Dan Fogler ... Hutch
Jay Baruchel ... Windows
Kristen Bell ... Zoe
David Denman ... Chaz
Christopher McDonald ... Big Chuck (as Chris McDonald)
Charlie B. Brown Charlie B. Brown ... Myron
Isaac Kappy ... Garfunkel
Stephen Pina Stephen Pina ... Simon
Seth Rogen ... Admiral Seasholtz / Alien / Roach
Tarek Bishara ... The Vulcan / Gruvock (as Thom Bishops)
Clark Sanchez Clark Sanchez ... Bartender
Stanley Shunkamolah Stanley Shunkamolah ... Thick-Necked Thug
Danny Trejo ... The Chief
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Storyline

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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Coming soon to our galaxy See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 2009 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Fanboys - Rajongók háborúja See more »

Filming Locations:

Belen, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$171,533, 8 February 2009

Gross USA:

$688,529

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$960,828
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The music in the film is credited to Mark Mothersbaugh. Mothersbaugh is the vocalist for, and founding member of, Devo. See more »

Goofs

In the comic book store an issue of B.P.R.D. is shown in a number of shots. This comic book came out far later than 1997. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References Six Days Seven Nights (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

The Imperial March
Written by John Williams (as John T. Williams)
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The Force is Strong with this one.
25 February 2010 | by Mr_CensoredSee 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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