On The Couch 2011 #1: Fanboys

It’s safe to say that I am the biggest Star Wars fan that a lot of my friends know. I quote lines from the movies. I was incredibly excited to find out that Hasbro was finally releasing the Rocket-Firing Boba Fett action figure. I went a midnight screening of Episode 3 and camped out for tickets to Episode 1.

The sight of childhood dreams realized.

But I’m nowhere near the biggest Star Wars fan that I know. I’ve read a lot of the books, but not even close to all of them. I don’t have any Star Wars tattoos. And I’ve never gone to a convention dressed as a Stormtrooper. The closest I’ve come to that was my Darth Hawaii Halloween costume.

No matter what your level of Star Wars fandom is though, if you’ve ever called yourself a Star Wars fan, you really need to watch Fanboys. It captures the anticipation that was in the lead up to the release of Episode 1 perfectly. The spring of 1999 felt like it was the start of a new golden age if you were a Star Wars fan. We were getting a new movie, the first in a decade and a half, and not only was it a new movie, it was the start of the long rumored, but never realized prequels.

Fanboys has an especially prescient Jar Jar Binks joke. I remember before Episode 1 came out, seeing a Jar Jar Binks action figure at a Philadelphia Wal-Mart and thinking that he was going to be the next Chewbacca. As wrong as I was, a character in Fanboys makes the same error, but on an exponentially worse scale.

Want a fun game to play during Fanboys? Try and spot all of Seth Rogen’s roles in the movie!
I’ve met the people in Fanboys. I know the people in Fanboys. No, not the actors. I know people who are just like the characters here. This movie isn’t as full of caricatures as people might think. It seems like a pretty accurate portrayal of the extreme side of Star Wars fandom.

I loved the little things that were thrown into Fanboys for the Star Wars fans watching the movie. It’s hard to find a scene in the movie that doesn’t have some kind of homage to Star Wars in it. And the trash compactor scene is priceless.