“Fanboys” is a relatively unknown movie that did terribly at the box office.

The movie cost nearly $4 million to make, but grossed less than $1 million worldwide.


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It is, however, one of my favorites.

The movie highlights four high school friends, one of whom has drifted away from the brotherly fold.

The remaining three are diehard nerds.

One of them, Hutch, drives a 1970s panel van with Star Wars graphics and lives in his mother’s “carriage house.”

The second, Windows, owns a comic book store.

The third, Linus, sadly is dying of cancer.

The one who fell away, Eric Bottler, works for his father at the family car dealership.

The last two were best friends, until life got in the way. In an attempt to fix their damaged relationship and give Linus one last hurrah, the group decides to infiltrate Skywalker Ranch to watch “Star Wars: Episode I.”

The quartet finds trouble all the way to the ranch, including a detour to Riverside, Iowa — the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk.

There are great cameos from such stars as Seth Rogen and Danny Trejo.

The road trip factor is a little passé, but there never has been quite as nerdy a journey captured on camera.

“Fanboys” is full of small jokes — so many thatit is difficult to catch every one of them the first time through the movie.

There are minute details that might not pop out at the viewer the first time unless their geek knowledge is vast — specifically Star Wars.

Halfway through the movie, a nerdy woman shows up to save the boys from one of their shenanigans gone wrong.

She balances out the group, but is not new to the story — Windows employs her at his comic book shop.

She’s not opposed to calling the guys out on their ridiculousness, nor is she afraid to join in.

There is quite a bit of what I would call guy humor, although I was expecting some lewdness.

While the subject matter is fairly tame, the PG-13 is warranted since there is some sexually related humor.

I would not recommend watching the movie with anyone younger than the age of 13. I do recommend it to every Star Wars fan.

In the end, the inner geek in me found it to be a 10, but the rational non-geek that sometimes overrules her says 6 out of 10.