Fanboys (2009) Review

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Being a fan means never having to say you’re sorry.

Fanboys (2009): 5 out of 10: The back-story behind this film is much more interesting than what appears on the screen. It seems in a galaxy far, far away the evil Harvey “Darth” Weinstein wanted to cut out the main plot of this movie. (Kid dying of cancer wants to see Star Wars Episode One before he dies.) The rebel alliance (Director Kyle Newman) fought a guerilla battle against Harvey and won, so the film is now released with the Linus dying of cancer subplot intact.

Well, since the movie itself seems too conveniently ignore the Linus cancer plot at regular intervals, I am unclear on the hubbub. Chris Marquette, who plays Linus, looks like he is about to run a triathlon rather than someone with a terminal illness. He is like a male Ali McGraw. One can be excused to ponder what the hubbub was about.

In actuality, the cancer subplot was the second most ridiculous story line in the film, with the first being Sam Huntington’s quest to not inherit his father’s 12 car dealerships… cause becoming a multimillionaire overnight means abandoning your dreams of drawing comic books? Fanboys is funny in spots and has some brilliant performances including Kristen Bell as the perfect geek girl and Dan Fogler who is the spiritual reincarnation of Curtis Armstrong (Booger from Revenge of the Nerds) and great cameos including William Shatner.

The major leads (Marquette and Huntington) are charisma free drips, however, and the movie suffers from an overall sloppiness. For example, it takes place in 1998, yet is chock full of items that did not exist back then (IMDB has a nice list here). Getting the poster of Darth Vader wrong, (It is the version from Episode 3) or having a scene in a comic book store with modern comics visible on the shelves seems like small things. However, this is a movie for fanboys. If there is one group that would notice such sloppiness, it is they.

I also see the story was written partially by Ernest Cline. Those that are fans of 372 Pages podcast will not be surprised. Overall, a hit-or-miss road comedy with a Star Wars veneer, Fanboys, is well-meaning but not worth the time.

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