• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 4-10, 2009
  • Vol. 29, No. 21

News & Views

Arts & Culture

Food & Drink

Music

Film & Screens

Blogs

  • Class war

    A French Oscar contender gives up a teacher’s struggle with unruly students
  • Fanboys

    This film is little more than a typical dude-raunchy road farce stuck in a nerdy candy shell, but with a saccharine aftertaste. The "plot" follows a crew of Ohio megageeks circa 1998, on a mission to drive cross-country and break in to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch compound, in order to steal an advance print of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Why can't they simply pitch a tent and wait out the six months till opening with the rest of the gorks? Because one of them is terminally ill, a comedy-stopping subplot that caused the studio infighting and so much Internet horseshit. What a shame all that pre-release buzz didn't lead to something actually funny and less cloying, a flick that kicks Boba Fett jokes because it wants to, not 'cause it must to justify its existence.

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