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LIMERICK REVIEW: There once were a bunch of Star Wars nerds
who had no absolutely luck with the birds.
They went on a meandering road trip
to get the new Star Wars movie in their grip.
…Such an adventure cannot be summed up with mere words.

HAIKU REVIEW: A dying fan’s hope:
Seeing “A Phantom Menace”
before cancer wins.

PEOPLE: A great cast!

Starring Sam Huntington (aka Jam from Detroit Rock City, Jimmy Olsen from Superman Returns) as Eric, Jay Baruchel as Windows (aka Steven Karp from Undeclared, Jay from Knocked Up, and Tal from Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist), Dan Fogler as Hutch (he was a voice in Kung Fu Panda and Horton Hears A Who!), Kristen Bell as Zoe (aka electricity-shooting Elle from Heroes, Veronica Mars, Mary Lane from the new 2005 Reefer Madness musical — looking very good as a brunette), and Chris Marquette as Linus (aka Mike from Just Friends, Charlie Linderman from Freddy Vs. Jason).

With David Denman (aka Pam’s ex-fiance Roy from The Office) as douchey older-brother Chaz, Seth Rogan as a tougher-than-he-usually-is pimp as well as 2 other characters.

With bit parts by Billy Dee Williams (aka Lando Calrissian from Star Wars) as … Judge Reinhold. Carrie Fisher (aka Princess Leia from Star Wars) as a random nurse. Danny Trejo (From Dusk Til Dawn, Grindhouse: Planet Terror, The Devils Rejects, Anchorman, Trojan War) as… a very weird man called “The Chief”.

And the security guards? They included Craig Robinson (aka warehouse Daryl from The Office, Matheson from Pineapple Express, Bobby Shad from Walk Hard:The Dewey Cox Story, Delaney from Zack & Miri Make A Porno, also in Prop 8:The Musical, Knocked Up, and even an episode of Arrested Development) and Will Forte (aka Dean Solomon from The Brothers Solomon, Abe Lincoln from the excellent MTV cartoon Clone High, 5 episodes of Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, and guest spots on Drawn Together, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Flight Of The Conchords, and American Dad), and Ray Park (aka Darth Maul from the new Star Wars movies, and Toad from the recent X-Men movies).

Also with Jaime King (aka Pixel from Happy Campers, Goldie/Wendy from Sin City, Angela from Slackers, Heather from White Chicks) as an escort, alongside Pell James who seems soooo familiar, but I don’t recognize her IMDB credits as being anything I’ve seen.

And finally: William Shatner, Kevin Smith, and Jason Mewes as themselves!

QUIRKS: Star Wars fanboys. Star Trek fanboys. Road trips. Basically, this is your standard “road trip caper” movie, like Sex Drive or The Sure Thing — but with the treasure not being sex, but a pre-release copy of Star Wars Episode 1: A Phantom Menace.

Also, they have the spellbook and wand from Willow in the movie. They make fun of Willow :) They also kind of make fun of the band Rush :)

MORALS: Best to make up with your dying friends before they die of cancer. (Assuming your friends have cancer.)

BAD STUFF: I actually wish this had been longer. It seemed a bit rushed. The romance angle could have been explored more, but then again I’m very glad this is definitely NOT a romantic comedy. Still, it seemed over-edited for shortness. Here’s hoping for an extended cut someday.

And what’s with all the Star Trek hate? Well, they made up for that by having William Shatner in it.

CONCLUSION: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10. A great fanboy adventure!! We had a really good time watching this! Our ONLY complaint is that it was over so fast — 90 minutes.

UPDATE: REWATCHED IN 2012. HELD UP. UPGRADED TO 8.2/10 STARS. Will definitely watch 3rd time in the future.

RECOMMENDATION: Star Wars fans should automatically LOVE this movie. But even Star Trek fans — as long as you’re not an adamant nerd about it — should get a real kick at the “Star Wars fanboys versus Star Trek fanboys” scenes. And anyone loving a road trip adventure should file this under MUST SEE road trip adventures.

Really, I’d recommend this movie to anyone. It’s a grade-A comedy.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Very similar to all the “road trip caper” movies, including Sex Drive, The Sure Thing, Detroit Rock City, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. All of these movies are comedy adventures where the journey is more important than the destination.

MOVIE QUOTE: Seth Rogan: Nobody calls Han Solo a bitch!

And also, the final line: “What if the movie sucks?” Hahahaha.


FRIENDS’ RATINGS: James and Nate O both liked it.

Mood: full of hot dogs
Music: KMFDM – Tell Me You Love Me