Fanboys

2014-06-23 14:35
 

What's it about

It's the Halloween party they've all been waiting for, to have fun with friends and hang out with fellow Star Wars fans and partners in crime. However, events take a turn when one of their bunch who long ago outgrew his old gang, takes on adult responsibilities. But that  these boys realize they have something to conquest. Their mission: to infiltrate Skywalker ranch - or die trying - and heist a pre-release print of The Phantom Menace. With stops along the way for bad internet dates and general misbehavior (as well as some drama concerning one of the fanboys dying of cancer), their mission becomes a whole Star Wars-style adventure in itself, their van doubling for the Millennium Falcon plunging through the outer space of the Midwest.

What we thought about it

This so-called comedy is too tired and tediously immature it makes an evening of medieval role playing games seem almost… exciting.

Remember 40-Year-Old Virgin? That was a pretty cool movie. Like many originals, it's sparked a trail of similarly styled tasteless-but-funny comedy hits also directed by Judd Apatow, some of which are better than others - like Knocked Up (2007) and Superbad (2007) for instance.

Fanboys feels for the same vein, but watching it is like eating a snackwich made in a burned out and rusty snackwich-maker, like waiting for a delayed connecting flight on the last day of a long holiday, like stale popcorn… you get the picture?

The problem might be that this movie has been in production for so long that its time simply came and went - while its release was being delayed so that extra scenes could be shot to increase its already rubbish-bag-sagging length. The problem could also be that the dialogue just isn't really funny at all. Or the problem could be that the actors seem like sausage-factory versions of other actors who look disturbingly familiar, but mainly because of their hair and make-up. Or it could be that you need to really be a big fanboy (or girl) to "get" the lame jokes and survive the full movie without collapsing into a sobbing heap of boredom.

Do the people who made it think that people, and young people in particular, are so stupid that they'll like this recycled, stinking garbage? I predict that only those who take the Trekkie vs. Star Wars Fanboys thing very, very seriously should ever be exposed to Fanboys. They deserve it.

But even if you are the right target market, this may just fail you. It's got fewer ironic geek-jokes, less sexual tension, cruder character development and significantly less imagination than the average five-minute "previously on" segment before the titles on The O.C. Add overacting so clichéd it's like something you'd expect to see on a primary-school stage, and desperate guest appearances by real celebrities Kevin Smith and William Shatner just can't save this action (although they're worth watching on YouTube when they're posted).

Fanboys is enough to make you long for the intelligence and subtlety of comedic masterpieces like Wayne's World. In fact, it's so bad that only if you just took me seriously should you actually go see it.


This so-called comedy is too tired and tediously immature it makes an evening of medieval role playing games seem almost… exciting.

preshen govender 2009/03/27 8:48 AM
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Fallout boys are always good to listen to relieve constipation
ROBI 2009/03/30 12:39 PM
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Had to stop reading the review when the reviewer said " Remember the 40-Year old virgin? that was a pretty cool movie" if that is the intellect of the reviewer how can anyone take anything he/she says seriously
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