Who’s ready for a road trip to 1998? Remember that year, before you knew who JarJar Binks was? That was truly the age of innocence. Unfortunately, we can never go back. Fortunately, I was never that invested in Star Wars to begin with so I was able to say ‘that sucked’ and move on with my life.
In case you didn’t know, Fanboys is about a group of friends who decide that they’re going to drive to the Skywalker Ranch and break in so they can see The Phantom Menace before it’s released in theaters. Why? Because one of them has cancer, and if your friend has cancer you help him break into George Lucas’ home. If I had cancer I would hope that all of you would join me in a van stuffed with bags of vegan marshmallows, destination Rob Thomas’ house. As you can guess, many wacky hijinks ensue and many cameos are to be had. I think the nerd van is AMAZING.
This film isn’t without issues, though. My biggest one is that Kristen Bell, who packs a whole lot of funny in a tiny person, is sorely underused and misused as the token female who is only there to get the stupid guys out of trouble and serve as a love interest. I’m not very fond of the ‘oh we’re in a gay bar so your threat of anal rape is a total joke on you’ thing either. The threat of man-on-man rape as an emasculating joke is really tired in general. Also the sheer amount of Rush. Although I guess it makes sense that the character who reminds me a lot of Booger from Revenge of the Nerds would be a Rush fan.
My favorite part is when a guy covered in Star Wars tattoos, and a costume-wearing Trekkie, both played by Seth Rogen, meet in the middle of a giant brawl and fight each other. I believe this is what they call a metaphor. Although do Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans really hate each other that much? Everyone I know likes both or just doesn’t care that much about Star Trek. Although the characters make fun of the Trekkies a lot, they also take a few jabs at the Phantom Menace, including ending the movie with one of the characters asking the others, “What if the movie sucks?”
Starring Jay Baruchel (Undeclared, Tropic Thunder), Dan Fogler (Take Me Home Tonight, Balls of Fury), Sam Huntington (Being Human, Detroit Rock City), Chris Marquette (Freddy vs. Jason, Joan of Arcadia), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Heroes, loving sloths), and honestly so many cameos that you can read the list on Wikipedia if you’re interested.
So you can guess that this will be a Star Wars themed menu, right? I was hoping to find veganized versions of the recipes that appear in the Star Wars cookbook, but unfortunately there isn’t much. However, I found two posts with many pictures of Star Wars themed parties that include simple-yet-awesome themed foods here and here. I mean, come on, Jabba the Hummus?! How could you not. The second link is a family who doesn’t eat red meat so they had Chew-Boca burgers. Vegans, how did we not think of this stuff first? Do we need to go stand in a corner? Maybe it’s because i’m so easily impressed by anything punny.