Free Enterprise: Love Long And Party
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- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
"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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love Star Trek, you will either love this one or really hate it! I thought it was cool!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Phil Lamarr was the guy that got his brains blown out in Pulp Fiction. That's the credit you give him in your description? Not his work on Mad TV? Read morePublished 7 months ago by DR DEADPOOL
Excellent spoof of fandom and the interviews gave great insights into the way the film evolved.Published 10 months ago by lwbenjamin
Just an amazing movie. I love every thing about this movie. It is a cult classic--if you haven't seen it yet, and love geek culture/sci-fi, you MUST WATCH THIS!Published 13 months ago by Mike Wallis
Awesome flick filled with more sci-fi references than you can count. It's a must for any major sci-fi nerd, and Star Trek fanatic alike.Published 14 months ago by Christopher
This is a fun movie. Shatner is excellant! Move arrived as expected. Happy with this purchase.Published 14 months ago by Debbie Gauthier
Funny, funny, funny. Shatner cameo is really a highlight.Published 15 months ago by William J Curnow