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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, Carrie Fisher, Ray Park, Joe Lo Truglio, Danny Trejo, Billy Dee Williams, Seth Rogen, Allie Grant, Christopher McDonald, William Shatner
Director: Kyle Newman
Rating: NC-16 (Sexual Humour)
Year Made: 2008



- Deleted Scenes
- Disturbance In The Force:
A Series Of Webisodes
- The Truth About Fanboys
- The Star Wars Parallel
- 4 Fanboys & 1 Fangirl
- The Choreography


Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Fullscreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment
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Get ready for the comedy adventure that's “smart, funny, and tailor-made for the inner-Jedi in all of us,” (Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com).

In 1998, four childhood buddies with a shared love of all things Star Wars reunite for one final, hilarious odyssey. Their insane plan: a cross-country road trip to storm George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and steal a copy of "Episode I" before it's released. With the police, a crew of angry Trekkies, and a crazy pimp hot on their trail, what could possibly go wrong?


As a Star Wars fan myself, Fanboys was a movie that I look forward to since I got wind of it. Originally planned for a 2007 release, the controversies surrounding the movie were far more interesting than the end product.

The story opens on the night of Halloween, 1998 where we are introduced to four high school buddies, Eric (Sam Huntington), Linus (Christopher Marquette), Hutch (Dan Fogler) and Windows (Jay Baruchel) who decides to break into Skywalker Ranch to steal a copy of the long-awaited Episode 1 before its opening in the summer of 1999. It was not just a silly idea to fulfill Linus’s fifth grade scheme but a rather touching aspect that the friends wanted Linus to watch Episode 1 as he is suffering from terminal cancer.

It’s more appropriate to classify Fanboys as a road trip movie more than anything else. The notorious Weinstein Company which funded the project wasn’t pleased with director Kyle Newman’s treatment of the cancer subplot so they wanted reshoots. But then after much hoo-ha, the cancer plot was retained in the final cut. Now I couldn’t see what’s the difference since not much emotional aspects of it is invested in the script anyway. After all, Fanboys is filled with so much Star Wars related throwaway gags, references and a prolong sequence involving a feud with Trekkies (the leader of the group played by an unrecognizable Seth Rogen) that it no longer matters or tickle after the second act.

If Fanboys had entered the market pre-2007, perhaps it would be better received. The various characters here had a few distinct traits of their own though tough to leave much of an impression with the exception of the horny Hutch and Zoe (Kristen Bell from Forgetting Sarah Marshall), the Princess Leia of the group. Movies like Superbad and Knocked Up had a better interpretation of teens, loafers and yes sexual humor. Though Fanboys tries hard to keep up with the trend but the result is obvious.

When you see the guys landed in a gay bar and the police station, you know it’s trying hard to be afloat till the last act. Gems like the Millennium Falcon inspired car chase are few and far and stuff like Hutch and Windows getting into trouble with some escort girls in Vegas stick like a sore thumb. In the meantime, just keep a lookout for Star Wars alumni such as Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Ray Park and amusing appearance by William Shatner aka Captain Kirk.

To conclude, the movie is not hardcore enough for geeks and too distanced for non-Star Wars fans. What Yoda will say is "Weak this bunch of Fanboys turned out to be".


The first extra of the DVD is six Deleted Scenes lasting 7 minutes. Nothing memorable or impressive to be retain in the final cut.

Disturbance In The Force: A Series Of Webisodes detailed some rough behind-the-scenes clips of which some material is actually repeated in the extra features stored here.

The Truth About Fanboys doesn’t delve into the problems faced by the director and its rocky road to the big screen, just your typical 5 minutes promotional featurette.

The Star Wars Parallel is a 5 minutes promo reel that compares Fanboys to the Holy Trail.

4 Fanboys & 1 Fangirl features interviews with the various main leads.

The Choreography is a forgettable feature that shows you how the guys learnt the dance steps and poses for the movie’s gay bar sequence.


For a movie with a petite budget, the visual transfer is surprisingly good. The images are sharp and colours are bright. The Dolby Digital 5.1 features a nice Star Wars-inspired score, ambient effects and crisp dialogue.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 13 July 2009


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Alliance Entertainment


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