First Reaction: Fanboys

As Fanboys prepares to roll out across the US, was treated to a screening of the controversial – and long-in-limbo Star Wars-centric comedy.

“Controversial, how?” We hear you ask. Try that it was shot in 2006, had the director removed by the Weinsteins, became the subject of re-editing and a full-on fanboycott , and is only now seeing cinemas.

Chief among concerns/complaints was the removal of the story's main driving force - the fact that the friends were trying to break into George Lucas' compound to see Episode I early because one among them was dying of cancer.

And how was it? Fun, for the most part - the cancer storyline has been re-instated and the movie feels richer for it. We won’t be offering up a full review until the movie makes it over here (straight to shiny disc or otherwise), but our first impression was of a likeable, if at times lightweight comedy.

Packed to the gills with Star Wars/Star Trek/comic-book references, it’s a trivia spotter’s delight squeezed into 90 minutes of buddy comedy.

Think 12A Kevin Smith-style work (yeah, he and Jason Mewes turn up, along with a host of other celebrity cameos, including two hilarious turns from a certain Judd Apatow regular we won’t spoil here) with enough spirit in the performances to keep it afloat.

Oh, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Kristen Bell dressed like this:

In summary, seek it out. US readers wanting to catch it will have to get themselves to one of the eight cities it’s playing in limited release, helpfully listed by IESB .

And we’ve another clip featuring – you guessed it – the adorable Ms Bell below.

Are you desperate to see Fanboys released theatrically here? Tell us - the campaign to get it onto our screens starts here.


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