09.15.2008

Go Watch “Free Enterprise” Right Now

Free EnterpriseStop whatever the hell you are doing right now and go watch the movie, “Free Enterprise“.  At work right now?  Screw it. Tell them you’re violently ill and need to go home.  Already seen the movie?  Then you know what I’m talking about.  Go celebrate 10 years of this masterpiece!  Go watch it already!  Geez… Do I have to tell you everything multiple times?

If you haven’t seen the film, it stars Eric McCormack (Will from ‘Will & Grace’), Rafer Weigel (sadly who never really went on to do much else), and William Shatner (a little known actor, you’ve probably never heard of him).   Worth mentioning also was Phil LaMarr (a man with SERIOUS geek cred) in a supporting role.   It’s a comedy about two geeks, one of which is having trouble accepting that he’s about to turn 30 years old.  During the film, these two geeks get to meet their real-life idol, William ‘Bill’ Shatner.  Unfortunately, Bill is about 30 cards short of a full deck.  From there wacky hijinks ensue!

This movie is an affirmation of your geekdom!  More importantly, it was made years before Hollywood decided to capitalize on us geeks.  This film was released in 1998 and celebrates fanhood of things like ‘Logan’s Run’, Mego action figures, comic books, buying movies on disc (back then it was Laser Disc), ‘Star Wars’, and obviously ‘Star Trek’.  Also worth mentioning is that it treats geeks as people who can have successful lives/relationships.  The two main characters are scoring with chicks frequently (yes, there is a little nudity in the film), going to swank Martini bars, and are generally cool.  The dialogue in this movie stands out especially because these guys talk like us geeks, throwing obscure references left and right (i.e. “Bad call, Ripley”, “Stay on target”, etc).  Oh yeah, and they drop the F-bomb about as much as I do.  Some people describe this movie as “Swingers” for geeks.  I think that’s a fitting description.

Here is a trailer for the film…

If you can’t view the trailer with the embedded player, click here.

And here is one of the last scenes of the movie.  Sorry if it spoils it for you.  This is ‘Bill’ performing his version of Julius Caesar.  It’s so crazy campy, it’s brilliant!

If you can’t view the video with the embedded player, click here.

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2 Responses to “Go Watch “Free Enterprise” Right Now”

  1. Steve Wight Says:

    One of my all time favorite quotes is from this movie:
    Do you wish Rhett never loved Scarlett? Rick didn’t have Ilsa or Harry never loved Sally? Someone once said it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Succeed or fail, we must make the attempt, it’s our nature. Now if it were up to me, as it usually is, I would order this. But its not. Because Claire is right in pointing out the enormous danger potential in any relationship with a man as intelligent but fantastically flakey as Robert. But I must point out the possibilities, the potential, for true love and happiness are equally great. Risk… risk is our business. That’s what relationships are all about. That’s why we’re out there.

    (search youtube for Star Trek Risk for Kirk’s similar speech about space exploration)

  2. Shag Says:

    Steve – You are a man of true taste and distinction.

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