The League of Gentlemen, Fanboys

The League of Gentlemen
  • The League of Gentlemen

Little known in the U.S. and not to be confused with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The League of Gentlemen is a jet-black, surreal, BBC comedy — sort of Monty Python meets the Addams Family by way of Grand Guignol, set in the fictional northern English village of Royston Vasey where nobody’s quite what they seem and they don’t like non-locals.

The darkly comic writing is supported by remarkable acting: three principals portray 60 assorted characters.

Fanboys is Office Space for nerds, specifically Star Wars fanboys and fangirls, with a surprisingly touching core.

In 1998, four friends plan a road trip to break into Skywalker Ranch, enabling their terminally ill friend to see the Phantom Menace early, before he passes away. This indie film is full of nerd in-jokes, broad humor, great performances from its leads, and more famous cameos than you can shake a Gaffi stick at.

—Gary Dexter, software professional and founder of the California Association of Pop-culture Enthusiasts (CAPE), meetup.com/California-Association-of-Pop-culture-Enthusiasts-CAPE/

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