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Spaced + Swingers = Free Enterprise?

Spaced + Swingers = Free Enterprise?

Thinking about my previous post on how terrible an American version of Spaced would be, it occured to me that I have seen a film which features two twenty-something pop and sci-fi culture obsessives living life in the late 1990s, with pop culture references shoved in left, right and centre with a few film homages and girls who dig comic books (pah! fantasy I tell you!).

Granted, it being American, everyone is impossibly handsome – it starred the future Will of Will & Grace, had the gorgeous never-to-be-seen-again Lori Lively, the two people live in Los Angeles and have jobs most people would kill for (scriptwriter and editor). And of course, everyone is impossibly attractive looking. Oh, and it features William Shatner rapping.

The film whereof I speak? Free Enterprise. Have you heard of it? Even seen it? Am I the only one who’d draw a reasonable comparison? Obviously it’s not as good as Spaced – what could be? – but take a look, see what you think…


  • See why I haven't watched a s***com since Newsradio (which ruled!)? This is standard tTV here.

  • I've heard of it and am sad enough to have it on DVD! The DVD, like Spaced, has a commentary track that explains the various references. My favourite scene has to be the one where they're in ToysRUs buying action figures. Certainly not Spaced but still good.

    Marie (one of the mythical women who collect comic books)

  • I bought this on DVD for £3 while trying to bump an Amazon order over the free shipping limit and quite liked it. I remember being so surprised by Shatner's performance and thinking that if he agreed to do it he couldn't be as bad as people made out. Since then I've come to realise that he really is as bad, just inconsistent. Still, I liked him in Boston Legal, though I think he may have basically been playing himself there. Musical Julius Caesar 🙂

    The Logan's Run bits in reference to one of the characters turning 30 really cracked me up, because sadly I could really identify with that at the time…

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