In 1999, a group of avid Star Wars fans/best friends set out on a road trip to Skywalker Ranch to steal a print of ‘Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace’, for a friend dying of cancer who won’t live long enough to see the much-anticipated film’s theatrical debut.
I’m admittedly a long-time Star Wars fanboy myself so I had been interested in Fanboys for a long time. The opportunities seemed endless to poke fun at all of us rabid Star Wars junkies, but when I finally got to see the film (after many delays), I was pretty disappointed.
The jokes all fall flat and for the most part just come off as forced and quite frankly lame. Sure there are some occasionally funny moments, but the film offers up nothing new and instead opts to just retelling the same old tired jokes that we’ve already heard many times before. There are numerous cameos, including appearances by Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Seth Rogen, Danny Trejo, William Shatner, Ray Park, Danny McBride, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, but even they seemed forced and predictable.
It’s the ultimate irony that a film about hardcore fans eagerly anticipating a film that in the end disappointed a large number of moviegoers should befall the same fate as the same film it parodies.
With a pretty lame script, a mostly unfunny and uninspired cast, poor overall video & audio quality, and very few laughs, I can only recommend Fanboys to... well the fans of Fanboys. For everyone else, it’s a rental at best.