Four guys from the Midwest drive across the country to honor the wish of their dying friend: to watch Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch before the movie’s worldwide release.
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Delivers about what you'd expect. After an awkward first act, it turns out to be a fairly good time with a likable cast and a cavalcade of cameos, even if it is light on real big laughs. Nothing special, but an amiable geek comedy.
Shame this film didn't come out earlier. Most of these jokes are too familiar now to work in the way its creator probably intended when the script was first written in the late 90's. But it's likeable enough to recommend for people that love Star Wars and movies about geeks in general.
Kristen Bell steals the show, but everyone is good.
While it does produce some laughs here and there, this film is painfully unremarkable. As a humorous examination "Star Wars," it has nothing unique to say and it's far from the funniest of these examinations. In fact, while it shows extensive knowledge of the franchise, it mocks the fanbase pretty hard, especially the one-note protagonists. Even as a mindless road comedy, it feels stifled by its PG-13 rating.
A bunch of people who almost were famous, and Jay Baruchel and Kristen Bell try to watch the Phantom Menace before one of them dies. The joke is that the Phantom Meneace is bad, which I disagree with. So yeah, this is okay. Kevin Smith plays a pimp though.