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Fanboy Red Redding likes him some FANBOYS

Hey folks, Harry here... It's nice to hear I kickass in this film. I should kickass. I'm fucking Harry Knowles. Asskicker. Ahem. - Actually the real reason I'm an Asskicker in this film is its screenwriter, Ernest "Airwolf" Cline - a long term and good friend of mine. The below review reflects the current "cancer-free" cut of the film... Not surprisingly - it seems to have resulted with a heavily faulted middle of the film. Shock. On the otherhand, it sure does seem to have left this "fanboy" happy as hell... Actually - given that Lucasfilm is opening the new STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS animated film on August 15th... it'd be cool to have the Weinsteins open this film the week before... as an appetizer for us Star Wars geeks, eh?

Red Redding here with a review of FANBOYS. To get it out of the way, I am a big Star Wars fan. I am not an Uber fan by they are films that I really enjoy. So this made my experience much more enjoyable. If you do do not like Star Wars or only marginally like them, THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR YOU. With that out of the way here is the review with minor spoilers. It starts out with the star wars theme music and roll setting up the picture with a clever quip at the end. The story starts off in 1998 where a party is being thrown. At the party is Zoe (Kristen Bell) and Eric (Sam Huntington) who bump into each other and she is surprised to see him. Cut to Hutch (Dan Fogler), Windows (Jay Baruchel) and Linus (Chris Marquette) entering as Darth Vader and two storm troopers. Next scene is with the Hutch, Windows, and Linus having a good time outside when Eric stops by. There is bad blood between Eric and Linus because Eric abandoned the group and doesnt hang with them anymore because he is now living in the "real world." In order to win back their friendship, Eric decides to reignite their plans to go to skywalker ranch and steal Episode one that they all had been planning since they were in 5th grade and thus the story is set and the road trip begins. There is a person that they are meeting in Texas that is Windows' cyber girlfriend that has the plans to skywalker ranch. So they hop in Hutches tricked out Star Wars van and off they go. While they are sleeping Hutch decided to take a detour to Iowa and stand on enemy (Trekkie) ground at the future site where Kirk will be born. While they are there they run into a group of "Trekkers" and start a scuffle because Han Solo gets called a bitch. There is a fight and the boys leave and head for Texas. When they get there, they realize that Windows' girlfriend is a 10 year old little girl who..... wait for it.... is Harry Knowles niece. Harry beats the shit out of them, but gives them a hookup in Vegas to complete their quest. On their was to Las Vegas, a cop pulls behind them and they use "light speed" to get away but end up caught and thrown in jail. Zoe comes and bails them out and they are let go. They head to Vegas and meet the contact who i will not spoil here. Once they get the plans from the contact they go to skywalker ranch and break in.... fun ensues throughout the house until they get to George Lucas's office and start watching Episode 1.... guards interrupt them and they again are let go. They go back to the van and Eric produces a burnt copy that was in the PC drive... they start watching it, but it has no special effects or any post work done and they decide to wait the six months. They camp out six months later and the movies ends right as Episode 1 begins. What Worked: If you are a Star Wars fans, there are in jokes galore and they come non stop in the first half hour. The cast chemistry was great and i think all of the characters were pretty believable. I didn't spoil any cameos because they are all perfectly placed and they are all for Fanboys and they help bring the laughs. The first 30 minutes are hilarious and so are the last 30 minutes. Overall, there are really funny moments in this movement and there were some great hearty laughs. What Didn't Work: Keep in mind it is always easier to point out a movies flaws. My first big problem is that they movie seriously drags in its second act... pretty much all of Las Vegas didnt do it for me... at all... The cameos were funny, but it was more for shock value than anything. Another problem is that there is this completely pointless love subplot between Zoe and Windows which is extremely forced. The underlying theme of "quit being a geek and go until the real" is kind of forced and i wish that they would have kept the original kid has cancer theme and it would have been a much better story overall. If there were no subplots in this movie, it would have been much funnier Conclusion: This is a star wars fans wet dream. i think i stole that from someone, but who cares. If you are a star wars fan, this movie is a great experience and you should see it with fellow star wars enthusiasts. The audience seemed really responsive and enjoyed it as well. Normally for this type of movie this would be an automatic 6.5 or 7 out of 10, but if they fix some problems in the middle it can be a come a great comedy. Just because it is star wars based my rating is 8/10
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  • Feb. 12, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    LAST!

    by Maniaq

    ok maybe not...

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Still on my list of Movies to see

    by tehBIGIvan

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Harry beats the shit out of them?

    by Maniaq

    now I'd pay to see that!

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    INDY NEWS

    by Blood Simple

    A friend of a friend worked on the set of Indy from day one. I got to ask them all about the shoot. She wouldn’t get into specifics with story, but basically said we have no idea what we're in for. The tone and style is much closer to RAIDERS, not LAST CRUSADE like Marshall said. Apparently Harrison is back in amazing form like no time has passed. In fact, my source said that on several occasions Harrison’s performance was so great that it had everyone awestruck and nostalgic. I was told of one scene in particular involving a booby-trapped spiral stone stairwell that begins to retract its steps. I won’t divulge more, because I really shouldn’t know any of this stuff, but lets just say that at the bottom of the pit are some rather large spikes with skeletons of conquistadors impaled on them…and old Indy is sick and tired of spikes! Don't really care if people believe me - you'll see them spikes come May 22nd! Can't wait.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Plant!

    by beetlegeuse

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST

    sounds awesome

    by Super Shadow

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  • Feb. 12, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST

    How unexpected...

    by Blood Simple

    But seriously beetle, does INDY really need a plant? No. I'm just an excited fan who got a miniscule scrap off of the dinner table and wanted to share.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Fanboys and 5-25-77 as a

    by the podosphere

    double feature - that's what I want.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST

    when is the fucking release date?

    by GavinVanDraven

    fanboy wants to know

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST

    What?! Someone saw this movie?

    by skywalkerfamily

    Who! Was it a friend of the directors?

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST

    I've had enough Star Wars wet dreams

    by fastcars

    Just shooting blanks now. All Star Warsed out...but this is an interesting premise. Worth a rental. I don't get why studios always have to shoehorn in a "love story" and / or a "lesson," though.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 2:44 a.m. CST

    You're fucking Harry Knowles?

    by Horace Cox

    Jesus HK, you must be hung like a bantha in order to fuck yourself. [shudder] On the bright side, you could always charge Jay & Silent Bob a few bucks to witness the spectacle.<p> Perhaps you should have said "I'm Harry Fucking Knowles!" The mental imagery conjured by that phrase is much less damaging.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    "which I wont spoil here"

    by Lemming

    You mean the spoiler that was in the trailer? Yeah...keep that one close to your chest, bro. ;)

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Saying what happens at the end isn't a minor spoiler!

    by wazza

    Bumhole. I can't believe in this day and age we can't sort this out

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Just because it is star wars based my rating is 8/10

    by Lost Jarv

    and with that you invalidate the whole review

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I need more

    by Miss Red

    That shell review wasn't very inspiring.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Bring the Cancer Back!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Cancer makes the human drama go round.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Dan Fogler is about as funny as cancer

    by Garbageman33

    Who knew that being fat and hairy was all it took to get a bunch of movie roles? In Balls of Fury, he showed all the charisma of a ballpoint pen. Sure, it was a crappy script. But come on.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I'll see it.... good stuff's all around

    by sfgeek

    with veronica mars in tow...and star wars themed movie... I am there. If there will ever be a movie house. Oh well... go Indy!

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    umm

    by DOCTORDETRO1T

    what ahppened to the clone wars artical from last nite? i maybe just blind but is it gone? why?

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    "quit being a geek and go until the real"

    by letsfightinglove

    English, muthafucka, do you speak it?! Anyway, I hope this movie is better then the synopsis this guy wrote, because he makes it sound utterly boring.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Wasted Title

    by Nice Marmot

    If this thing only covers Star Wars and a few Star Trek fans then the title, "Fanboys," is completely wasted. Any movie w/ this title should pay homage to every friggin' fanboy franchise there is. LOTR fans, Matrix fans, Dr.Who fans, etc, etc . . . It should be EPIC. It's coming out way too late. Should have been written, made, and released the weekend before Ep.I, not CloneWars. And cutting the cancer story is such a cowardly mistake.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    And to top off my negativity . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . I just found out from the Talk Back that Dan Fogler is that fucker from Balls of Fury? Good God this thing will make that Family Guy StarWars special look ingenius.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I AM HAPPY ABOUT FANBOYS BUT GIVE ME....

    by wackybantha

    ...5-25-77!!!!! THAT MOVIE OWNS!!!

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute- Dan Fogler's in it?

    by Jackie Boy

    Well fuck this movie then.

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Another fan film no one will ever see.

    by skywalkerfamily

    Good job!

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    let me guess...

    by MC-909

    Is he called "Windows" because he has glasses? That's fuckin' profound. This movie is gonna be great!!!

  • Feb. 12, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST

    or...

    by MC-909

    is he called Windows because he's proficient with the software? Wait. Was Microsoft even around when this movie was made? Was man even around? Why has this movie sat on the shelf so long? It must be so good they want to save it for just the right time. I'm sure that's why.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Not To Be An Ass

    by Colier Rannd

    But I have less and less desire to see this movie. The cancer storyline had a good chance of giving this movie some good heart. Now it sounds like every other comedy. I may see it on cable or video but as for now, this really sounds too generic. Am I alone on this?