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  • Actors: Ray Park, Olivia Munn, Peter Mayhew, Eduardo Sanchez, Jeremy Bulloch
  • Directors: Mark Edlitz
  • Producers: Mark Edlitz, Jerry Kolber
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Full length
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047H2F28
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

"Jedi Junkies tears the lid off one of the most rabid pop culture fandoms in America." -- Primary Ignition

"Jedi Junkies is the Star Wars fan film Star Wars fans have been waiting for. The Force is strong with this one." -- Geek Chic Daily

Star Wars isn't just a series of films. It's an indelible part of the last thirty years of global culture, going far beyond mere entertainment. For some, being a Star Wars fan has become a way of life. Go deep inside this astonishing world of ultimate Star Wars fandom in this documentary profile of a unique group of individuals who walk a fine line between movie fan and obsession. Jedi Junkies is a fun, affectionate, and funny inside look at people whose lives were changed forever by the Star Wars franchise. In addition to the Jedi Junkies, the film features interviews on the Star Wars fan phenomena from Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Ray Park (Darth Maul), Linda Papadopoulos (therapist, Celebrity Fit Club), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Eduardo Sanchez (director Blair Witch Project), and Olivia Munn (Attack of the Show, Daily Show).

"Jedi Junkies is a nearly flawless look at the fans who bind the Star Wars galaxy together. If you're a Star Wars fan or just a sci-fi fan, you'll definitely dig this documentary." -- SciFi Mania

Customer Reviews

It is great to see the other fans show their appreciation for Star Wars.
jtgreen1310
An investigation of the cultural phenomenon and how it represents both a repudiation and a embrace of certain gender roles prevalent in the world would be interesting.
Ubertrout
You won't see any hard luck cases or people who have hit rock bottom with their Star Wars fantasy life.
Ruben C. Almaraz

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert Davidson on May 26, 2010
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I loved this movie. It's a very funny and very sexy look at extreme Star Wars fans.

The film covers an entire gambit of Star Wars fans including a guy who built a life size Millenium Falcon in his backyard. (There's a good story behind why he did and what happened to the space ship.) Film also shows this group called the NY Jedi - who are light saber experts. Also shown are toy collectors and people who make Star Wars fan films.

And if you're interested in women who dress up like Princess Leia in her metal bikini - aka "Slave Leia" you will not be disapointed.

A few actors from the Star Wars films are interviewed. That includes Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Ray Park (Darth Maul) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett).

Also interviewed is Olivia Munn from Attack of the Show.

I'm glad that this film doesn't make fun of Star Wars fans. Yes, it shows that some fans might take it too far....(one guy doesn't have a bed because he bought to many toys.) But the film really celebrates the fans.

In short... Very funny. Very sexy. Very entertaining.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Ravetz on May 19, 2012
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"Jedi Junkies" is an extraordinary film. It's smart, knowing, lively, sympathetic, and besides being great fun it's an eye-opening introduction to some far-out super-dedicated Star War fans. I've watched it a couple of times with fascination and admiration. Though it's likely to be most appreciated by people (unlike me) who are seriously into the Star Wars saga, it's really a film for everyone who is curious about extraordinarily passionate people, even if some of them sometimes seem to be over the edge. Mark Edlitz is, I believe, a singularly talented and imaginative filmmaker: he's an artist who deeply understands, admires, and in his smart and entertaining film celebrates passionate people.
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Format: DVD
I see that there are already 15 reviews of this film posted before me - nearly all from the Amazon Instant streaming version. This review is of the physical DVD released by New Video.

I'll start off by saying that I'm not a Star Wars "groupie" - In fact I remember seeing the original film and maybe , I'm not even sure , the first sequel. But I do like pop culture documentaries and I am a collector of other "collectibles" - my case Edison memorabilia - so I know how a collection can take over your house and home. (And no, at least not to my knowledge are there conventions where members dress up like Thomas Edison - though I hear Mr. Peanut collectors do. _

While not a great film, I did enjoy watching much of this DVD. The section on making one of the "fan films" just seemed to drag a bit. There are no real "celebrities" to speak of - at least from the first SW film, except the guy who played Chewbacca being interviewed at a fan fair. Three things peaked my interest - though there may be others that will peak yours. First was Roberto Williams, a well spoken "collector and customizer". He explains the various stages that SW toys were released and speaks rationally as to why he bought multiple copies of certain toy models as investments. The next was the collector who explained how collection can be an obsession and take over your life and household. There is a female "psychologist who explains how this can a be a problem.) This section is relevant to ANY collectible and any collector will relate to that. The third was the section on the You Tube "seriel" "Chad Vader" about Darth Vader's younger brother (Chad) being a grocery store manager.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman on February 11, 2013
Format: DVD
Fandom is a curious thing. Much ado has been made about what truly establishes the psychological difference between fandom and obsession, but methinks the line has been blurred over the years. As any entertainment franchise grows - be it STAR WARS, STAR TREK, HARRY POTTER, or even the adventures taking place in Middle-earth - it only stands to reason that fans - true, die-hard, uncompromising fans - are forced to up-the-ante personally in order to distinguish themselves more from the casual observer. Somewhere between costuming, collecting, and consuming, there always needs to be a healthy balance, but - seriously - what harm are we doing to ourselves or society-at-large when we "binge" over something so utterly harmless as a motion picture?

(NOTE: the following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

In short, JEDI JUNKIES follows the lives and experiences of only a few fans within the stunningly huge STAR WARS fan universe. Unlike TREKKIES - which took the central narrative presentation of hand-picking a few enthusiasts who celebrate all things Trek and then followed their craziness through to the nth degree - JUNKIES pretty much is all over the place, but in a good way. No one fan's obsession is brought to any measureable closure, though there are a few suggestions about when and where and if to draw limitations provided by those who have first-hand familiarity with exploring (and exploiting) their compulsive behaviors.
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