I never before noticed the small similarities between Tropic Thunder's Jay Baruchel and Hayden Christensen, aka Anakin Skywalker. But that's just one of the small revelations to come out of Fanboys, Kyle Newman's circa-1998 comedy about a handful of friends who storm Skywalker Ranch.

I never before noticed the small similarities between Tropic Thunder's Jay Baruchel and Hayden Christensen, aka Anakin Skywalker. But that's just one of the small revelations to come out of Fanboys, Kyle Newman's circa-1998 comedy about a handful of friends who storm Skywalker Ranch.

Another: I didn't think I'd be able to stand a movie featuring a guy who insists on nothing but Rush for a cross-country drive.

That's Hutch (Dan Fogler), who, along with fellow Star Wars obsessives Eric (Sam Huntington), Windows (Baruchel) and Linus (Chris Marquette), embarks on a trek from "the remote state of Ohio" to San Francisco, to steal an early edit of The Phantom Menace, since terminally ill Linus won't be around to see it on opening weekend.

The filmmakers have even more fun with the rivalry between Star Wars and Star Trek fans than Kevin Smith did in Clerks 2 with the rivalry between fans of The Force and the One Ring. Smith and cohort Jason Mewes actually make a cameo, along with William Shatner and Carrie Fisher, and Seth Rogen shows up in three roles.

Otherwise, it's derivative of other road movies and a little late to the game, flaws that Lucas-ites in the real world should be able to handle (Kristen Bell as a comic geek's dream girl helps). Surprisingly, however, except for some gags that are pushed too far, this could work even for the non-fan. Especially if you're into Rush.