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Free Enterprise VHS
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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."
This modest but likeable movie is driven by a sincere love of the screenwriters' childhood kitsch, with Star Trek dominant above all--although Logan's Run, the X-Men, Planet of the Apes, and dozens of other science fiction touchstones of the 1970s have been worked in as well. Even an action figurine of almighty Isis, from the Saturday morning TV show, plays a major role in the plot, if plot is the right word. The story follows two guys on the fringe of the movie industry: Robert (Rafer Wiegel) edits movies like Teen Bimbo Beach Assault, while Mark (Eric McCormack from Will and Grace) is writing a screenplay about a serial killer who murders all the characters from The Brady Bunch. The movie touches on their career struggles but spends most of its time with their floundering love lives, suggesting that their pop-culture programming may not be the best model for life. The actors are clearly enjoying themselves, and the writing makes its innumerable pop references with wit, but what really makes the movie work is William Shatner. Shatner plays himself with affectionate but cutting self-mockery, simultaneously lampooning Star Trek obsessiveness and Hollywood egotism in general. Shatner displays not only a more subtle sense of humor than he's ever shown before, but also a surprising vulnerability. He may have alienated a lot of his fans when he did that Saturday Night Live sketch telling them to get a life ("It was just a TV show!"), but his performance in Free Enterprise may just win them back. --Bret Fetzer
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And it's not really a party movie--is it? It's about the real work behind the party (including the dreaming about the real work behind the party). Oh, there's a party and wishes really do come true--but the path! That's the fun part here! Real? Only on a certain (L.A.) level.
This movie is a little different. He is in it but instead of a playing a real or fictional character he is playing himself. I must say he does a brilliant job of it too! With all the imitations done of him - nobody can do Shatner like Shatner.
The best part is that Bill doesn't take himself too seriously and it looks like it. As a result of this - he is having fun. In turn, the audience has fun. (He even sings again! Yikes! Raps even! Double Yikes!)
The writers and directors had orginal written this piece and a reverance to William "Captain James T. Kirk "Shatner, but when Shatner read it..he insisted that it be made to show his flaws and failures. That's where it works best. It shows Shatner can be scared, shy, greedy and even horny!
The supporting roles are well cast and the two main leads are great together. The chemistry is real. I think everyone had fun on this one.
The DVD extras include behind the scenes interviews, outtakes and the story behind getting this project done.
The real cool thing for me was that it was shot in a book store very close to where I live. Fun! I think the non Star Trek fan will enjoys this - but the real Star Trek fans will love all the science fiction references and dream sequences. It was cleverly done!
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