Editor’s note: Since Phantom Menace came out in 3-D this week and George Lucas has been saying serious blasphemy about the movies as of late it finally seemed appropriate to have another installment of ‘From the Bowels of Netflix’ and review Fanboys.
Fanboys — like its name would imply — is a movie about you.
You know who you are.
You’re the ones who spend hours thinking about ways to have your hand-made, custom built stormtrooper armor standout from the crowd, you have a tattoo of the Mandalorian Fett clan tattooed somewhere on your body — hell. you know what the Mandalorian Fett clan emblem looks like to begin with — and your perfect girl would wear a dress that’s shaped like a hemisphere of the Death Star and have a Tie Interceptor in her hair while she attends ComiCon all the while being OK with you replying “I know” when she says “I love you.”
You, my dear nerdy friend, you are a Star Wars fanboy — like you needed me to tell you.
The film “Fanboys” is both a tribute to your obsessive need to know and own everything Star Wars and the hand of Hollywood pushing you in the dirty while the rest of the world points and laughs at your obsessive need to know and own everything Star Wars.
It follows a group of five friends from the the Midwest on their pilgrimage to steal a copy of the Phantom Menace from Skywalker ranch in California before its releasesd — Don’t laugh, you’ve thought of it too.
Along the way the five friends fight equally obsessive Trekkies, get into bar fights, break a few laws and end up in prison.
For the most part it’s the standard, run of the mill buddy comedy — think The Hangover with Star Wars jokes.
What makes the film worth watching, and ultimately fantastic, is it hits on a key point of wearing the fanboy mark with pride.
The characters aren’t afraid to have the conversations that we’ve all had with our closest friends about whether or not Luke had romantic and sexual feelings for his sister in Episodes IV and V — he did, I will fight you if you disagree — and the like.
Thus the tribute to the fanboy kingdom.
But at the same time it exposes the real truth about fanboys. As much as they’d all like to think of themselves as Han Solo being suave with Princess Leia in the Millennium Falcon the fact of the matter is fanboys have the same social skills with other human beings, women included, as Jar Jar Binks.
And Fanboys isn’t afraid to go there and make that joke — which is ultimately the truest part of the entire film.
And that’s why Fanboys deserves a spot in between the two trilogies in your movie collection.