They’ve waited years for the release of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. But when one of their own discovers he’s terminally ill, a group of pals embarks on a road trip to Skywalker Ranch to steal the long-anticipated film. Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel and Kristin Bell star in director Kyle Newman’s labor of geek love featuring cameos from Star Wars alums Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher and Ray Park.
Rating: 7 out of 10
This movie is a lot of fun if you’re a giant Star Wars nerd like me. If you’re not, this movie won’t really be your thing. It’s packed with all kinds of inside jokes and cameos revolving around sci-fi and Star Wars.
This is a road trip movie with a thin plot about a group of Star Wars nerds who find out their friend has cancer and doesn’t have long to live. They follow their childhood dream to break into George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch to view Star Wars Episode I before it’s been released. It’s a very sorry plot, but it’s just enough to move the story through some hilarious moments. The best of which is when they visit William Shatner’s fictitious home town where Star Trek nerds are giving tours. They show up on the tour and harass them in front of a statue of Captain Kirk fighting Kahn — and the crotch on Kirk is insanely bulbous.
If you just laughed at that, you’ll enjoy this sentimentally nerdy comedy that is flawed but fun. If you didn’t, you won’t like it at all. This is one for the fanboys.