You’d think a group of Star Wars fans on a road trip in 1998 from Ohio to the Lucas ranch in northern California to break in and steal an early viewing of “The Phantom Menace” might make a funny movie. With the right jokes and production, right? Yeah, you’d think.
Well, it’s not a total loss. There really are some funny jokes and stuff along the way, but ultimately it’s just that: a series of jokes about Star Wars and Star Wars fans, and many jokes that only Star Wars fans will find funny, strung together in a movie that is really not that good and seems pretty amateurish.
You got the premise right there in the first paragraph. There isn’t much else to tell, except that one of the friends is dying of cancer or something terminal. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out one reason why this was in the script. Even within the film it was treated as an afterthought. Really random. And on top of that, there was an improbable relationship thing where super gorgeous Kristin Bell’s character falls for the dorkiest of the four friends on the cross-country journey. And it felt like a check mark next to “side plot relationship.” It’s just something else that felt tacked on for no reason.
This movie feels like it was done on a small budget, and whatever money they did have, they spent it all on insane cameos by various actors. I think it was made a few years ago and didn’t get released until now. Here is a list of people I am still stunned appeared in this:
Kristin Bell, for starters.
Seth Rogen! (had to be before he was super popular)
Billy Dee Williams (well, maybe not so surprised)
I mean, what a line-up. For the record, I’ll watch Shatner do almost anything. And the scene with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes is one of the funniest moments in this film, and many others for that matter.
This is a good movie to rent and watch drunk or stoned and have a few laughs. But even watching this stoned in a movie theater won’t take away the sting of paying $11 or so to see it.
~ Neil T. Weakley, your average movie goer, not nearly high enough to love this movie.