God bless the true believers.
God bless the boys and girls, men and women who keep the faith, and, risking ridicule, cling to the reality of intergalactic fictional characters with the fervor of medieval crusaders.
Theirs is a world unto itself. The more seriously they regard their heroes, the more likely their activities will invite comical spoofs.
“Fanboys” obliges by introducing us to a group of friends terminally stuck in early adolescence. There’s Eric (Sam Huntington), Linus (Chris Marquette), Hutch (Dan Fogler), Windows (Jay Baruchel) and Zoe (Kristen Bell).
It’s no secret that Kyle Newman’s spoof has been in post production a pretty long time. Cuts here, cuts there, and it shows. If the farce displays some funny moments, it meanders its way west, taking us on a road trip. The destination: The Lucas Ranch in the hills above San Francisco.
DIRECTED BY Kyle Newman
SCREENPLAY BY Ernest Cline and Adam F. Goldberg, based on a story by Cline and Dan Pulick
STARRING Sam Huntington, Christopher Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel and Kristen Bell.
RUNNING TIME 90 minutes
Alas, the fans cannot wait for the opening of “Phantom Menace.” Linus is terminally ill. If things go right, the gang can swipe a print, or at least get a screening. (Perhaps sensing a winning situation, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas allowed the use of his characters and ranch.)
Essentially a road trip special, “Fanboys” takes us to Iowa, where the travelers take on a band of Trekkies. Then it’s off to Austin, the home of “Ain’t It Cool” guru Harry Knowles. Before they hit San Francisco, it’s Vegas. Along the way, expect cameos from the likes of Kevin Smith, William Shatner, Seth Rogen, and a host of other familiar characters, not to mention esoteric lines from shows and movies.
It’s a bombardment of trivial encounters that does not always hit its target. It’s jagged and erratic, and by the time the Earth travelers reach their destination, you really do have to be a fan to care what happens. Eventually, all the subplots fall flat.
As Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow have demonstrated, movies about geeks can be fun. But if I may extend this categorization with condescending good will, “Fanboys,” bless its heart, is not only about geeks, but for them as well.
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