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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The theatrical release poster (the unidentified male in a knit shirt looking toward his right shoulder in a Darth Vader helmet, against an orange sunburst background) is a spoof of the theatrical release poster for The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) (with Steve Carell appearing in similar clothing and posing against a similar background), the idea being conveyed that fan boys are the quintessential "40-year-old virgins". See more »

Goofs

When Windows is declaring Harrison Ford as the greatest actor of all time, the group drives past a sign for the movie Six Days Seven Nights which reads, "Escape June 12". However, the film was released on June 14, 1998 while the events of this film begin on October 31, 1998. 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 The Legend of Zelda (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Tom Sawyer
Written by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, Pye Dubois
Performed by Rush
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises/Anthem Entertainment
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Can You Hear Laughter In Space?
1 February 2009 | by treadwaywritesSee all my reviews

Tagged as "In 1998, five friends stole their way into history." Their choice of going down in history is by a road trip in which they travel West and beginning a quest to see the nerdiest, and therefor most desirable movie in the geek world, movie coming to the big screen. That film is the latest in the Star Wars franchise, Episode I. After one of the group takes sick it is nothing short of a moral imperative that the friends break into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranchi to watch the seminal sci-fi picture together before the film's actual release to the public.

By now we have become inundated with Seth Rogen humor in a series of first run films. The movie feels a lot like Rogen humor only less refined. Which is what it is. Actually Rogen is in the film and plays Admiral Seasholtz and perhaps another character or two. Fanboys has had a wild ride as an indie film with the director traveling to multiplexes and comic cons to stir a fan base. The film has gone through some re-shoots and re-edits and comes out in limited release on February 6.

Anyone who the film is really marketed to may have already seen this movie either at one of the many film festivals around the country or among the masses that attended Comic Con this year. There are some very funny and inspired moments in the film such as an outrageous brawl with some hard-core Trekkies, but overall the film is a tad flat and slow at times. I laughed and for that I think the film is worth seeing somewhere. 6/10*

* The poster of hands holding a blue light saber towards space is great and one I will add to my collection. The inspiration for the poster concept, or should I say copying, is of the 1983 teaser poster for Return of the Jedi. The Jedi poster was actually an artist rendering of George Lucas's hands with the light saber in the same manner. This poster will be linked to the Jedi by geeks forever. Purpose served.


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