Why Does ’77’ Look Like It Will Be Better Than ‘Fanboys’?


Before everyone gets all aggro on me for dissing Kyle Newman’s Fanboys right off the bat, lets put things in perspective: anyone who has seen Fanboys knows that it really wasn’t the bodacious geek thrill ride that the hype promised. It was a lot of fun, yes, but it was also a little flat here and there. My theory is that it might actually be a great movie, but the fact that I had to write 1,700 articles about it in the few years that it sat shelved over at Weinstein Central might have completely numbed me to the flick.

My hope is that we can learn from that experience and possibly enjoy some of the coming-of-age Star Wars geekery in Patrick Read Johnson’s indie comedy 77, the trailer for which can be seen below. It tells the story of hopeful filmmaker Pat Johnson (John Francis Daley), loner, as he grows up in rural Illinois, falls in love and becomes a fan of the epic sci-fi film that “changed everything.” It is a decidedly autobiographical look at writer/director Patrick Johnson’s own experiences in May of 1977, when George Lucas unleashed Star Wars upon the world. And from where I’m sitting, it appears to be a film that is more about the characters than it is about the journey, which could very well set it apart from Kyle Newman’s film. But then again, we’re talking semantics here. The only link between these two movies is Star Wars, and 77 appears to be a little further removed from “fanboy” because it is set in the time right before Star Wars was released, as opposed to being set 20 years after the phenomenon began.

But I digress, this movie trailer has some serious charm to it. So I’m in. How about you watch the trailer below and tell me what you think? 77 is currently without distribution and also without a U.S. release date. More information can be found on the film’s official website,

What do you think?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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