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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Geek tribes revel in docu about massive commercial event.

Movie PG-13 2012 88 minutes
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Spurlock, who has been the main character in most of his previous films, doesn't appear in Comic-Con; instead, he lets the people at the show do all the talking, which is probably for the best. Talking to these loyal fans reveals the depths of their love -- for the event, for the genre, and for the massive spectacle of the entire geek tribe celebrating its shared appreciation for underappreciated art forms.

But that only goes so far. Limiting the film to the experiences of six people makes Comic-Con seem small. Yes, we see huge crowds and dozens of celebrity appearances, but the film doesn't quite give viewers the full experience. While it looks like they're all having plenty of fun, there's much more going on that we don't get to see -- and that looks like it could be even more exciting. Ultimately, going to Comic-Con is probably more of a thrill than watching a film about it.

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