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February 7th, 2009

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11:12 pm - A Long Time Later, in a Theatre Not Too Far Away
Some of you may remember Fanboys, a movie that has changed release dates more often than Henry VIII changed wives. Finally, after two years, it has a limited release in select cities. April (apriljoiex) does not live in one of those cities, but, Kristen Bell fangirl that she is, she drove over three hours to see it with Anita (rowanceleste) and me. The two of them did not count on Saturday traffic into the city, however, which left me running around the Metreon for twenty minutes wondering where the hell they were. I called people who might be able to acquire one of their numbers; half of them did not answer and half could not help. Finally, however, on my final check outside, I ran into April, who had just arrived. I fidgeted about as Anita parked; April recognized it as a sign that I was the kind of person who hated missing the beginning of the movie. Luckily, we had bought our tickets online.

Not that there was any danger of a 4:40 showing of a movie most people didn't even know existed selling out (the 4:30 showing of Coraline, however, was sold out). There were only a couple dozen other people in the theatre when we walked in, hoping we hadn't missed too much. I did not miss the Kristen Bell flashing scene, at least (calm down, you don't see anything).

Fanboys, for those of you have not been waiting for it to come out for years—you guys, Kristen Bell was promoting it at Comic-Con 2006—is about a group of Star Wars fanboys. Sam Huntingon, better known as Luke from Veronica Mars, plays Eric, a car salesman and representation of Selling Out to the Man. Jay Baruchel, of Undeclared and other Apatowia fame, plays Windows, your standard skinny, socially awkward geek. Dan Fogler, whose claim to fame appears to be Balls of Fury, is Hutch, the dirty, hairy, fat guy who lives in his mother's garage carriage house. Christopher Marquette looked really familiar the entire movie until I finally saw his name in the credits and realized he was fucking Adam Rove from Joan of Arcadia. He is the most controversial character in the movie! For, lo, he is Linus, and he HAS CANCER OMG. And he is GOING TO DIE BEFORE STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 COMES OUT. And thus the plan to break into Skywalker Ranch and steal a rough cut is hatched. The movie was delayed because Harvey Weinstein wanted to cut the whole cancer thing out for GOD KNOWS WHAT REASON because it completely changes the point of the movie.

There is also a Kristen Bell, playing Cute Comic Book Store Zoe. She has brown hair, and it looks a little odd, but I suppose it's nice that the main female character isn't a blonde. Her character is enjoyable and snarky, but in a regular-girl kind of way rather than a Veronica kind of way. Plus, she's way geekier than Veronica. Also, she wears the Princess Leia outfit.

Fanboys is a Road Trip Movie with lots of Star Wars jokes. It's not as out there as some, but it does have the requisite surreal adventures and wacky misunderstandings. There's a prominent subplot stemming from the eternal feud between Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans that involves an almost unrecognizable Seth Rogen. More recognizable are the many cameo appearances from geek-friendly names such as—but that would be telling.

Overall, the movie is fun and entertaining. Kristen Bell always referred to it as a "love letter to fans," and I think that works. It doesn't make fun of fans; it makes a strong statement that, you know what, it's okay to care way too much about these things. It's likely to play well in the geek crowd, especially Star Wars fans of course, but I don't know how much mainstream appeal it has.

After the movie, we Kristen Bell fangirls and fanboy had dinner at Osha. While we waited, I showed off some swag from my VM set visit. I ordered pad Thai with crab, and OMG THERE WERE CLAWS ON MY NOODLES. I had to dig the crab meat out with a fork. Aaaaah. There should not be actual animal parts involved in my dinner.

Then, Anita and April departed to go watch Kristen Bell on Craig Ferguson.
Why yes, I am wearing a VM shirt designed by raelee!

So Fanboys gets a thumbs up from me, Kristen. This time, I don't have to write you an angry letter.
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Date:February 8th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Yes, I saw that last week or something! It's funny!
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Date:February 8th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
It's out in L.A.!

I don't think it's the best movie I've seen in ages, but it's definitely the most geek-friendly movie I've seen in a while. I think it did a really nice job of revering geekdom without being too unrealistic about it.
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Date:February 8th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
But there's always animal parts in any non-vegetarian meal - they're just usually well camouflaged!
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Date:February 8th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Hee..definitely really good we didn't go to Thanh Long, then, since the crab is in the shell!

I'm going to see if Parthi wants to watch it, so I can watch it again! Kristen was great on Craig Ferguson and it got completely random as usual :) I do wish NPH was the one who performed the actual magic trick though, so we could have seen KB and NPH interact :)
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Date:February 9th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Wow, you guys managed to get together for the movie! And enjoyed it too! Woot!

Aww, Adam Rove. Did you ever finish Joan of Arcadia? I don't think I went past the first 2 or 3 episodes of S2. Though I did watch the Wenty episode.

On that note, here's my Sam Huntington icon. He was such a cutie then and now he won't live the Cavemen BS down.
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Date:February 9th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Did you ever finish Joan of Arcadia?
Yep. S2 was a little uneven, but it had its moments.
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Date:February 9th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
A whole bunch of us saw Fanboys last night, right after NY Comic Con. We went straight from the con, with a short stopover for dinner at the diner next to the theater.

It was the perfect way to see this kind of a movie--in a theater full of other geeks straight off of Comic Con who had the same idea. Everyone laughed and cheering and got excited at all the right cameos and moments.

We loved it. Not high quality theater, but the whole experience was just--perfect.
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Date:February 10th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
I just Kristen on Craig Ferguson talking about this and I was like "oh yeah - I remember hearing about that movie al long time ago." My husband, who follows Kristen's career almost as closely as you, filled me in on the delays the film encountered. From the clip they showed, it looked like it could be a fun film, so I'm glad you're giving it a thumbs' up.

BTW, just read your "angry letter" and when I got to the word "Pulse", I knew i had to read it out loud to my husband (we so hated that movie!). We got a few good laughs from your post about it :D
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Date:February 10th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
It stole my money, but at least it allowed me to provide much laughter to many other people.
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Date:February 11th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
I couldn't read this post until I saw the movie. I went last night and loved it. It's just so silly and perfect.

I loooooved all the cameos. Leia, Lando, and Darth Maul! Plus William Shatner. And Seth Rogen in no fewer than five roles. Plus what seemed like the entire cast of Zach and Miri. (Not to mention so awesome Jay and Silent Bob-ness).

It didn't have an amazing plot or cinematography, but what it did have was an obvious deep appreciation for the joy of being a fan. (When they get in to see Episode 1, and everyone in the theater is cheering, I was jealous. I wanted to be there!)

The crowd I saw it with was also fun. In the theater (the Angelica, in downtown Houston) there was me and the 3 friends I came with, one lone guy who left in the middle of the movie, and about 6 hard-core Star Wars fans. As soon as we walked in the theater (before the previews) they started quizzing us on Star Wars trivia. That is EXACTLY who I wanted to see the flick with. Fellow fans.

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