Stop the Presses: Fanboys Hits Theaters Today!


There is no need to adjust your monitor, wonder if you swallowed too many of Grandpa’s happy pills, or even be afraid that you have somehow entered into a Finnegan’s Wake-like world where up is down, left is right, and James Joyce is actually relevant. That’s right – Kyle Newman’s Fanboys has actually seen the light of limited release.

Am I the only one who wondered if this day would ever come? I remember when I first heard about Fanboys. I think it was sometime in early 2007, you know, the year when the movie was supposed to come out the first time. But, alas, it was not so. And neither was it so for April 2008, September 19, 2008, or November 26, 2008. But now! On February 6, 2009, one can actually go pay money to a movie theater and sit down to watch the moving images that comprise it. You can watch the trailer right here.

In case you have forgotten, and I assume some have since I am shocked this actually happened before I was a Grandpa and needed my own pills, Fanboys follows the exploits of a group of friends and Star Wars fanatics who decide, since one of their own is seriously ill, to drive to Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch and steal a copy of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace so that he may see it before he dies. And glad we are that it’s still the story. See, that’s one of the main reasons why the movie has taken so long to come out. Apparently, early test audiences thought that premise was a little too sad (even though I would call having The Phantom Menace as the last film you saw on earth a tragedy in and of itself), so it was changed. And the Geeks rose up. And it was changed again. See where I am going here?

Anyway, the film, which stars Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, and Kristen Bell, looks to me like a good time, especially if you are even semi-geeky (like me), a Star Wars fan (me again), or a huge fan of Kristen Bell in as few clothes as possible (guilty as charged). Unfortunately, I won’t be seeing the film anytime soon, because it is only opening in a limited release (see the full list of theaters below), but if you live in Austin, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, or Seattle, go see it for me and be sure to pour one out for those of us not privileged enough to live in or near a real city.

Will you be seeing Fanboys this weekend?

Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

AMC River East
AMC Pipers Alley
AMC South Barrington 30

AMC Gulf Pointe 30 Theatres
AMC Studio 30 Theatres
Angelika Film Center

AMC Century City 15
Mann Chinese 6
AMC Broadway Cinemas
Pacific Beach Cities All Stadium 16
AMC Rolling Hills 20
Regal Long Beach Stadium 26
AMC Burbank 16
AMC Promenade 16
Pacific Winnetka All Stadium 21
AMC Block 30
Pacific Culver City

AMC Empire 25
AMC Lincoln Square 13
AMC 34th Street 14
Regal Union Square Stadium 14
AMC Raceway 10
Regal Farmingdale Stadium 10
National Amusements Commack Multiplex 15
Regal New Roc City 18
AMC Palisades Center 21
AMC New Brunswick Theatre 18

Landmark Ritz at the Bourse 5
AMC Neshaminy 24
Regal Marketplace at Oaks 24
Regal Warrington Crossing 22
AMC Cherry Hill 24

AMC Metreon 15
Century 16 Mountain View
Century 20 Daly City
AMC Bay Street 16
AMC Mercado 20
Century Northgate 15 Cinemas

AMC Cinerama
AMC Pacific Place 11
Regal Alderwood 7 Theatres
Lincoln Square Stadium 16
Regal Parkway Plaza 12

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