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Astropia (2008)

Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir , Snorri Engilbertsson , Gunnar B. Gudmundsson  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir, Snorri Engilbertsson, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Sverrir Þór Sverrisson, Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon
  • Directors: Gunnar B. Gudmundsson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Anderson Digital
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,999 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Astropia" on IMDb

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When Hildur - a beautiful high society girl and a regular guest in the national celebrity press - finds out that her boyfriend Jolli is about to go to jail, she realizes she has to learn to stand on her own two feet and quickly. Hildur possessing no skills that she knows of, or any practical experience, tries to find work without success. She's about to give up when by pure coincidence she lands a job selling role playing books and accessories at the local popular fantasy-shop Astropia. From that moment her life is forever fantastically transformed...

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making fantasy gaming cool again June 17, 2012
"Astropia" is an Icelandic film about tabletop role-playing games. The premise is simple enough: pretty rich girl's fortunes turn sour, forcing her to work as a clerk in a game store. It's "Clueless" meets "Clerks." But "Astropia" is so much more than that.

Hildur (Ragnhildur Steinunn Jonsdottir) is the trophy girlfriend of slimy car dealer who isn't afraid to use hot chicks and foolish stunts to wow his customers. When government agents storm his office and demand his files, it's not long before Jolli (David Por Jonsson) is arrested, his car impounded, and his property cordoned off. Hildur is left out in the cold with no life skills to survive on her own. She moves in with her plainer sister Bjort (Sara Gudmundsdotti) and her cute son Snorri (Alexander Sigurdsson). Her visits to Jolli are punctuated by his demands for more cigarettes, which he uses as a bargaining tool to orchestrate his escape from prison. It's clear Hildur needs to get a job, fast.

Throughout "Astropia" is interspersed fantasy comic sequences that detail the possible futures of what the job hunt might look like. Hildur settles on a game store because they need the help immediately. Predictably, the store's male customers vie for her attention, purchasing entire game collections to win her favor. And just like that Hildur has a job selling role-playing games. Of course, Hildur has no idea what she's actually selling, so it's not long before she finally decides to play. Then the fun really starts.

"Astropia" is a low-budget production, but saves its pennies up for a variety of fantasy sequences as each of the players' counterparts travels across rugged landscapes, bickers incessantly, and kills monsters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful farce August 14, 2010
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To all of you gamers out there --

What if an attractive woman acidentally started working in a gaming shop?

Don't be offended by the premise; this is a comedy, and an affectionate one at that. There are tons of inside jokes about gaming and RPGs that just shouldn't go to waste.

There's an overarching plot about a businessman (the protagonist's boyfriend) going to prison, but the fun is all in the shop called Astropia.

Evidently this was the top-grossing film in Iceland in 2007. It's a lot of fun and a great choice for one of those gaming nights when the GM's been too busy to prep an adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Cute! July 9, 2010
It's not a huge budget movie and at least the version I saw, it's in Icelandic language, but I found it a rather cute and original movie!

The main heroine finds herself in a bit of a pickle when her boyfriend is arrested, presumably for cooking the books of his business. She moves in with afriend or a sister, I don't remember which because it's been a couple months since I saw the movie, and I only saw it once, but when this friend pushes her to get a job, she finally finds an RPG/comic store called Astropia, where she's hired staight away. Of course you can't really work at an RPG store without playing, so she gets talked into it and of course finds she likes it and makes new friends!

I won't give away too much of the ending but it culminates into a final battle between her, her new found friends, and her exboyfriend and some goons he broke out with in a very humorous way!

It's a fun movie for the whole family, or at least those who can read as you have to read the subtitles, unless there's a dubbed version out there somewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be More Funner January 3, 2013
I like when really good movies come out of nowhere and not only surprise the heck out of you, but make you wonder why someone didn't think of it earlier. Astropia is one of those movies.

Here's the scoop. Hildur is a lovely socialite living with (married to?) a guy who owns a car dealership. Her world is turned upside down when he's arrested on fraud charges. She's suddenly out of money and moves into a small apartment rented by an old friend who is now a single mother. She needs a job and, by sheer coincidence, ends up in a fantasy shop where they sell all manner of role playing games, comic books, movies, etc. A gorgeous girl like her becomes an instant hit with the local nerd population and business is up. But she actually gets to see where these odd folk are coming from and grows closer to them. When hubby breaks out of jail and kidnaps her (for a particular reason) they must come to her rescue.

This Icelandic (Norwegian?) production is an out and out riot. The story line makes its own goofy kind of sense and has a kind, kind heart. You like both her and the nerds. They are a decent bunch of people. They care for one another and though they sometimes scold each other for various reasons, they would never harm each other. She ends up becoming part of the crew and genuinely begins to enjoy playing the role playing games and is able to turn her enthusiasm into sales for the store.

This is a modest production but good enough to get things done. It was interesting to see how Americanized certain aspects were. They used many American expressions spoken in English and were into American games, films and comic books. I also liked how certain shots were frozen and transformed into comic book panels.
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