A lot of films waste their potential and Fanboys is a great example of that. The idea is genius. A year before the release of The Phantom Menace, 4 nerds, devoted to Star Wars trek across the country to break into Skywalker Ranch and steal a copy of the film because they just can't wait a second longer. Along the way they run into William Shatner and Carrie Fisher, clash with Trekkies, and get into funny adventures.
This should have been a no brainer for outrageous comedy. But it's not.
The film limps along from one very predictable joke to the next. It tries to tap into the geek chic that is popular in the age of The Dark Knight, X-men and a revitalized Star Trek but it just misses. The jokes are pedantic. The plot is too gimmicky (and not in a clever way). The performances are phoned in. Everything about this film is a missed opportunity.
I maybe smiled 3 times. And it usually involved Seth Rogan in his couple of cameos. Yes I know his picture is in the dictionary next to "overexposed" but he is the only funny part of Fanboys. His ultra-trekkie and his pimp are the highlights of the film. Especially when they meet in Vegas.
But then the film gets to its climax and falls quite flat. It all feels too easy. Unlike the fans they are playing to, the film makers didn't bother to make the world they inhabit credible enough to be believed. That's the kind of thing a true fanboy looks for and Fanboys doesn't deliver.
Oh well... not all great ideas make great movies. This is just another poorly executed film based on an inspired premise.