I found Fanboys when going through Kristen Bell's IMDB page. If you've followed me for any length of time and/or know me in real life, you already know of my undying adoration for Ms. Bell's person and catalog of work. Since I am a fangirl for so so many things, I thought that checking out any movie called Fanboys would be right up my alley. What I found in Fanboys is a thoroughly enjoyable movie that I have been able to watch again and again.
One of the things that I loved the most about it is it's generality. Granted, the movie is about Star Wars fans and the fandom associated with it. What I mean to say is that the movie didn't have to be about Star Wars specifically. You could have dropped the idea of any fandom into the movie and it would have been a great concept.
Ages and ages ago when I was a teenager, I worked at the local movie theater. That was my first experience with fandom in general. There were people sleeping in their cars trying to make sure they had the best seats for the movie. This was back before the days of stadium seating and showing movies in multiple theaters. One print of the movie had to be run between two projectors. Not an easy feat back then since it was actual and physical film reel. People lined up throughout the entire mall. They stayed for multiple viewings. Just as crazy, the projectionists were made to stay in the booth with the print at all times, something which up until this point had never happened before.
I was never a Star Wars fan. What little I had seen I enjoyed well enough, but not enough to understand why everyone was freaking out. In a way, even though I'm still not a fangirl for Star Wars, it was my fandom gateway. I started branching out with regards to the things I loved. I joined online communities and chat rooms (Hey, remember AOL Chatrooms? That was a thing that existed. Ha!) , I started to realize that there were hardcore fans of the things that I was into at the time. I found entire groups of people who were unashamed nerds and geeks. People who would gladly talk with me for hours about Buffy cannon. BEFORE we even called it cannon.
Fanboys, as a movie, relayed all of those things to me. Even in the opening scenes at the Halloween party when they are discussing minor details of a movie that has long gone by. This movie was me. This movie was my friends. The subject matter didn't have to be the same. This was us.
There are a million little things to love about this movie. I would attempt to list some of them for you but I think you'd be better off discovering your own favorites without me having to tell you.
We had a lot of fun recording the podcast for this movie. I'm still incredulous that the biggest Star Wars fan of the group had never seen it. I hope you enjoy the movie and the episode of the podcast.