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Free Enterprise: Love Long And Party

4.1 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

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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 in this contemporary comedy that combines the hip, L.A. romantic milieu of "Swingers," with the knowing pop culture sophistication of "Clerks." William Shatner, Rafer Weigel, Eric McCormack

Special Features

  • Over 30 Minutes of Deleted Scenes
  • Original Featurette Includes The Making Of, Behind-the-Scenes Bloopers and Interviews with William Shatner and Cast
  • Screen Tests and Storyboards, Terminology Subtitle Track, Glossary of Free Enterprise Phrases
  • No Tears For Caesar Music Video

Product Details

  • Actors: William Shatner, Audie England, Eric McCormack, Rafer Weigel
  • Directors: Robert Meyer Burnett
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 1999
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001TZ5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Free Enterprise: Love Long And Party" on IMDb

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By Michael R Gates VINE VOICE on March 30, 2004
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In this hilarious indie film--very loosely based on the real-life experiences of scripters Mark Altman and Robert Burnett--STAR TREK's William Shatner is cast in the role he was born to play--William Shatner.

Mark (Eric McCormack of TV's WILL & GRACE) and Robert (Rafer Weigel) are 20-something science-fiction geeks employed at the fringes of the movie industry--Mark edits a movie-fan magazine that is an obvious take-off on FANGORIA and STARLOG; Robert is a film editor at a direct-to-video film studio called Full Eclipse, a blatant parody of the real-life studio Full Moon--who one day run into their childhood hero, William "Captain Kirk" Shatner, at a purely chance meeting in a second-hand bookstore. But their mental image of Shatner is shattered when they see that the STAR TREK icon is not like his on-screen persona but is, in reality, just another egocentric actor with numerous human foibles.

Nonetheless, Mark and Robert are still smitten enough to pursue a friendship with "Bill" and promise to use their influence in "the industry" to help him get his pet project off the ground. And that project is? Well, it seems that Shatner wants to create a musical version of Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR in which the actor will play all the parts himself. (When Mark and Robert point out that playing both Caesar and Brutus means that Shatner will have to stab himself in the back, the actor replies, "So? I've done it before.")

Along the way, all three "boys" do a bit of maturing and start to grow beyond their prolonged childhoods.
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I love watching old science fiction movies. I love quoting my favorite parts from these movies. This is not a star trek film. This is not a William Shatner film. This is a film about people like me.
The film is basically about a group of 4 or so friends, who are science fiction junkies. It talks about their jobs, their girlfriends, and their obsession with science fiction memorabilia and movies. They bump into Shatner, who turns out to be pretty messed up, and they discuss Shatner's obsession with the play Julius Caesar. Trek fans, be warned-Bill Shatner's appearance is minimal.
This film was very needed, mostly to help people like me understand that I'm not losing my mind. This is a constant danger if you quote, revel in, and fantasize about too much science fiction. The main characters of this film do exactly that. And, even though they are not the most likeable people, they are likeable enough, and reasonably complex characters.
I loved the incessant references to various science fiction shows and movies. Logan's Run could possibly be the best Sci-Fi movie of all time, and there were just about as many references to each of Logan's Run, Star Trek, and Star Wars. However, there are references to dozens of other science fiction movies.
As a final note, I always enjoy movies like this that use a vast vocabulary.
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Be careful what you wish for! Mark and Robert, two long-time Star Trek fans, have suffered most of their lives for their love of their favorite television program. Back in school, their classmates beat them up for their devotion to the fictional Captain Kirk and the actor who played him. Now, approaching their dreaded thirtieth birthdays, the two wannabe filmmakers (and devoted collectors of action figures) still don't fit in. Neither can maintain a relationship with a girlfriend. Could it have something to do with the fact that nearly everything they say contains some reference to "Star Trek" or other science-fiction classics? Certainly not! Still, when Mark and Robert chance to meet actor William Shatner in a Los Angeles bookstore, they're in for a rude awakening. To their horror, they find their idol is a womanizing egomaniac whose dream is to play all the parts in a one-man musical production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." (All the parts, except that he wants Sharon Stone to play Calpurnia. Or if Sharon isn't available, then maybe Heather Locklear.)
"Free Enterprise" is a modest, independently-produced romantic comedy, written by science-fiction film columnist Mark Altman and film editor Robert Meyer Burnett (who also directed), both of whom fiercely deny that the film is in any way autobiographical. Their love of Star Trek and science fiction film is evident in every scene of this quirky, sometimes bizarre tale, which seems to have been made without any cooperation (or interference) from Paramount Studios. William Shatner shows himself to be a heretofore unsuspected comic genius who takes delight in poking fun at his public image.
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As other reviewers have pointed out, this is a dialogue-driven film, and it's very funny. The main characters are aged 30-something (in the year 1999) and grew up watching sci-fi and reading comic books. They effortlessly quote Star Wars, Star Trek, and many more obscure shows, but have some problems with the ladies (surprise surprise!). The plot, if there is one, centres on the character played by Weigel, who meets a girl with similar tastes (in the comic store!), and their courtship. Basically, though, it's mostly these men hanging out in L.A. bars, trying to score, and yacking about relationships and laser discs. At the same time, they have befriended William Shatner, but he's not quite the person they thought he'd be.....
Shatner has always been at the forefront of Trek lampoonery - witness his "Get a Life" sketch on Saturday Night Live. In this film, he plays a parody of himself - he pompously informs the heroes he's planning a musical version of Julius Caesar wherein he'll play all the parts ("except Calpurnia"). When it's pointed out that he'll have to stab himself in the back, he replies "I've done it before!"
Even though the film was called "Free Enterprise," and even though Shatner is in it, it is not a film for Trekkies only - Star Wars and Logan's Run references equal those from Trek. Certainly, people that grew up at the same time as the characters will appreciate the more subtle jokes, but it's really quite accessible generally and fun for anyone. Granted, there is a lot of incidental sex and alcohol consumption, which may turn off some viewers.
The DVD contains lots of extras, especially some explanations of various inside jokes, a making-of featurette, and some neat deleted scenes.
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