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Trailer Probe : Fanboys
© Joe Crowe
November 07, 2008

Items of geekity interest should be only two minutes long. Trailers make us laugh. They make us cry. They work so hard to make us happy.

Trailer Probe rates geek explosion content, how much our cortex is combusted with a volley of geekitude. Dork disengagement level is reasons we do not dig it.


Geek explosion content: Nerds go on a wacky road trip to see Star Wars Episode 1. One of the actors looks and sounds identical to Booger from Revenge of the Nerds. That is a difficult act to follow.

Funny cameos! Well, one of them is funny. The others are just cameos. We cannot guarantee they will be funny in the movie.

The movie looks nerd-friendly and nerd-centric, with nerds and nerd references.

It's funny that the nerds are out to see Star Wars Episode 1, since we know what happened when we saw it. Bummer.

Treksters may find joy in the lampooning of Star Wars, until you get to the part of the trailer where they turn on Star Trek.

Dork disengagement level: Fanboys is the Chinese Democracy of nerd movies. We've heard about it and seen clips for years, but every time a release date approaches, it's pushed back. Now it's set for 2009. If it ever comes out, I will buy you a Dr. Pepper.

It has been shown at some film festivals. My Dr. Pepper offer does not retroactively count.

The movie quality can't possibly match the urban legend status the movie has obtained.

It's important to put the best stuff in the trailer. But one line (in the scene with New Booger and the hot girl) is so lame that I fear the rest of the movie is infected with its lameness.

Part of the urban legend of Fanboys is it had a touching plotline of friends taking their terminally ill friend to see Star Wars Episode 1. That may have been taken out by the time we see it, half past never.

A nerd movie and a filking depressing tear-jerker all in the same movie? Sign me up!

Geek explosion level: 700,000 geek parts per million. The trailer is funny. This appears to be a movie for Star Wars fans who have a sense of humor about Star Wars.

However, I have no proof that such a being exists.

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