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It's the Skywalker Ranch or bust for four Star Wars-lovin' friends

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Take your basic road-trip premise -- four squabbling buddies head west on an impossible quest -- and juice it up with Star Wars in-jokes. Thus, your appreciation for Kyle Newman's comedy will depend on both your tolerance for the same old comic journey --and what you know about Chewbacca's home planet. (My tolerance is low on both counts.) Proving that even nerds are sentimentalists, the adventure kicks off in 1998, when the gang decides to drive from Ohio to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in California, so that their dying buddy can screen Episode One: The Phantom Menace. If you guessed that along the way there would be trouble with cars, girls, drugs and Trekkies, you'd be right. But Fanboys is relatively amiable, if too often flat, and there are enough celebrity cameos to garner a knowing chuckle or two. Starts Fri., Feb. 27.



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