Jun 24, 2009


The Premise:
The year is 1998, and friends: Eric, Linus, Hutch and Windows (with female heroine Zoe) are faced with the cold grip of mortality when it's discovered Linus has Cancer. In order to share the one great moment they can all look back fondly on, the Star Wars mega-nerds decide to break into Sky Walker Ranch and steal the rough cut of the upcoming Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Things are never as easy as they look on paper though, and the group must venture halfway across the country, meeting other oddballs and oddities to gather info on how to plan appropriately.

The Standouts:
The epic cameos. You have to be a nerdy fanboy of cinema to get the cameos, but man, will you ever explode with glee. Even if you hate the movie, you'll remember the cameos. Without ruining what any of them do, you'll be able to catch Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, William Shatner, and a handful of the original Star Wars trilogy cast along with others.

My Highlight:
Windows meeting up with his sole mate, Seth Rogen's love for Jar Jar Binks before even seeing the movie he stars in, and Eric's final line of the film.

Overall Rating:
It wasn't a perfect movie, as a lot of the main characters could have used some more detailed character development. I was especially critical of the romantic relationship that embarks toward the second half of the film, as I felt it sprung up out of nowhere. However, the sheer nerd in me is going to be really generous for this cult film and give it 4 *'s out of 5.

When You Should See It:
Well it was released in theaters in February of 2009, and the DVD was released May 19, 2009, the ten year anniversary of the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, so you've already missed the boat on being relevant, so there's no real rush. However, it's a great find, very underrated and unknown; a legit cult classic. So at some point, be it a week after reading this, a month, or two months, make sure you see this movie. See it for the children. See it... for America.

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