The long-delayed and much anticipated Fanboys came to theaters earlier this year with little fanfare and promotion, confirming what was long suspected: it just isn't that good. Now on DVD, more people have the chance to view mediocrity at its finest.
Fanboys stars Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler and Jay Baruchel as four friends and Star Wars fans who set out on a cross-country trip to break into Skywalker ranch and steal an early copy of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace from the cold grip of George Lucas himself. Along the way, though, they encounter dangerous Trekkies, pimps and Native Americans that look a lot like Mexicans.
The four guys do good jobs in their respective roles and develop strong chemistry amongst one another; Fogler (Balls of Fury) is especially funny. Unfortunately, the movie itself never quite gets to light speed; in fact, Fanboys is sort of like that scene where Harrison Ford tries to accelerate the Millennium Falcon and it chokes repeatedly. Just when you think it's going to get good, it sputters.
Fanboys is entertaining enough, but just barely. It has enough goofy or funny scenes to keep things going, but inconsistently. For every joke that works, there are three that don't; however, it doesn't seem like Kyle Newman even cared about making a nonstop riot, and this may be its saving grace. I ran into a guy in the elevator today who said that he loved this film because it reminded him of his teen years almost precisely; Fanboys works more as a coming-of-age film (without the coming-of-age part) than a hilarious comedy.
Unfortunately, nonstop comedy and gags are what most people will expect and what would have made it worth it. The movie is off the wall enough that it could have been a lot funnier; it just isn't. Seth Rogen, who plays multiple characters in the picture, is entertaining, but not utilized to his full potential. Kristin Bell is wasted both as a comedic device and love interest. Some of the cameos from notable actors like William Shatner generally fall flat.
Fanboys has its moments, but generally is a disappointing road trip movie. Many of the gags have been done before, and it lacks the constant Star Wars/Star Trek references that could have given it some originality. I'll watch Trekkies next time.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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