Saturday, December 28, 2013

Free Enterprise (1998)

Director: Robert Meyer Burnett

Writers: Mark A. Altman, Robert Meyer Burnett

Composer: Scott Spock

Starring: William Shatner, Rafer Weigel, Eric McCormack, Audie England, Patrick Van Horn, Phil Lamarr, Jonathan Slavin, Deborag Van Valkenburgh

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Shat hits the fan

Plot:  Free Enterprise is a dysfunctional love story about two avid "Star Trek" fans, Robert (Rafer Weigel) and Mark (Eric McCormack), who meet their idol, William Shatner, and discover he's nothing like his fictional counterpart. With their illusions shattered, the two friends must face their fears about the future

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Absolutely.

Holy shit is this funny!  I laughed my ass off.  It shares a few vibes with SWINGERS (1996) including one of the cast members.  The performances are great and funny, the script is hilarious and William Shatner is a total blast to watch.  This picture is loaded with references ranging from STAR TREK and STAR WARS to LOGAN'S RUN (1976) and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963).  I've seen so many movies that I felt like I caught at least 95% of them but then I could have missed a bunch by not recognizing them as references to begin with.  Anyway, this has got an awful lot of laughs and for people like me that are into the geeky stuff like movies, toys, fanzines, etc, this is a MUST-SEE.  The rap song with Shatner that closes the film was weak and I totally didn't dig the girl taking the guy back but outside of that, this is fucking hilarious and it's a great ride.  I'm looking forward to digging into the many extras on the DVD.  Until one of my friends brought it to my attention, I'd never heard of it.  Now I want everyone to see it. 

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