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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 11/16/2007

The Great 'Star Wars' Debate

By Liz Kelly

Modern mythology: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in the original 'Star Wars.' (Twentieth Century Fox)

Today we depart from our regularly scheduled programming to continue a debate that began in yesterday afternoon's Celebritology Live chat.

If you weren't in on the initial flare up, here's the gist: Last week, one of the Onion's pop culture writers reportedly (though we can't seem to find the piece online and it might've just been another Onion-flavored ruse.) admitted that she'd never seen the original "Star Wars" trilogy and, furthermore, didn't plan to see the movies since she got plenty of the references from parodies and the like.

On the level or not, a heated debate about the relevancy of Lucas's movies was ignited. Many chatters, like me, consider the original "Star Wars" must-see viewing for any self-respecting student of pop culture, film or science fiction. But a small, vocal band of dissenters emerged throughout the course of the chat, dismissing "Star Wars" as so much late '70s shlock. One chatter summed it up thusly:

"[Star Wars] is an OLD movie. It's nostalgic from your childhood, but NOT representative of our current culture at all. What meaning does it still have besides some chick holding honeybuns up to her ears? Who cares if you get that joke or not? It was never very funny and the movie is very dated."

Not so, said this poster:

"This makes no sense to me -- Star Wars was an explosive event on the pop culture map. In some ways, it continues to be influential. To sniffily dismiss it and claim to be an authority on pop culture is ... well, lame to say the least."

What's the verdict: Is "Star Wars" deserving of its status as a classic? Vote in the poll, and then weigh in on what other movies out there you consider mis-classic-fied.

By Liz Kelly  | November 16, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
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