Wow! I'm listening to The ForceCast Podcast and Jimmy Mac is just laying into Roger Ebert for a comment he made in his review of Fanboys that the fanboys are characters who are living "an idiotic lifestyle." The set-up for Jimmy's rant starts 58, 59 minutes and he puts up a really good argument in defense of Star Wars fans. Jimmy is a passionate fan and he defends Star Wars fandom with a Death Star-sized argument. Go here to read Roger's review, which he ends with:
"Fanboys" is an amiable but disjointed movie that identifies too closely with its heroes. Poking a little more fun at them would have been a great idea. They are tragically hurtling into a cultural dead end, mastering knowledge which has no purpose other than being mastered, and too smart to be wasting their time. When a movie's opening day finally comes, and fanboys leave their sidewalk tents for a mad dash into the theater, I wonder who retrieves their tents, sleeping bags, portable heaters and iPod speakers. Warning: Mom isn't always going to be there to clean up after you.