Tuesday, July 11, 2017

George Lucas in Love (1999)

Director: Joe Nussbaum

Writers: Joe Nussbaum, Timothy Dowling, Daniel Shere

Composer: Deborah Lurie

Starring: Martin Hynes, Lisa Jakub, Jason Peck, Jeff Wiens, David Young IV, Timothy Dowling, John Rafter Lee, Ben Livingston, Jeff Statzer, Patrick Kerr

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Dozens of years ago, in a nearby galaxy...

Plot: 1967 film student George Lucas has writer's block trying to finish his "Space Wheat" script, until a beautiful fellow student with a familiar hairstyle teaches him that the best stories are in plain sight.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

"Well maybe you just weren't meant to write agricultural space tragedies." says the Princess Leia lookalike to the young George Lucas.  This is a cute story about the influences that surrounded a filmmaker struggling with what would later become the biggest movie franchise in history.  It's all for laughs and there are some clever gags and some too-obvious-and-silly-too-be-included-yet-they-were jokes.  The filmmakers go for the obvious but the final gag before the credits start rolling is hilarious.  I've seen this a couple of times now and I think I'm done.  Maybe in 30 years I'll dust it off.  It's only about 8 minutes and it's worth your time.

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