Zero Charisma 2013 UNRATED CC

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In this darkly comedic ode to nerds from every realm, a passionate Game Master of a fantasy role-playing game becomes unhinged when a charismatic hipster joins his group, disrupting the balance of power with an unexpected coup.

Starring:
Sam Eidson, Brock England
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Katie Graham, Andrew Matthews
Starring Sam Eidson, Brock England
Supporting actors Garrett Graham, Anne Gee Byrd, Cyndi Williams, Brian Losoya, Vincent James Prendergast, Dakin Matthews, John Gholson, Katie Folger, Larry Jack Dotson, Jeff Fenter, Micheal Foulk, James Patrick Robinson, Ashley Spillers, Jennymarie Jemison, Nguyen Stanton, Lowell Bartholomee, Robert Tolaro, Duncan Carson
Studio Tribeca Film
MPAA rating Unrated
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Well developed characters and good story.
poopscoop
As it is, while the main character Scott is an archetype of sorts, he has a very real emotional journey.
Don O'Keefe
Granted, I'm sure there are people like the main character but why make a movie about it?
M. Simmons

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dean Griffith on December 2, 2013
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No spoilers: It's worth a watch for any D&D player. The film attempts to show us the difference between "old school" nerds and the new breed of hipster nerds. Sadly neither the protagonist or antagonist are even remotely like-able characters (though they may be relatable). I feel the movie ends to early, without much redemption for the protagonist, except that fact that he might have proven his point. The comedic parts of the movie will let you chuckle, but its just a little too dark without resolution for me to enjoy it further.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John on April 24, 2014
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Normally, movies like Unicorn City, Knights of Badassdom, The Gamers, Dungeonmasters, and a slew of others I shy away from for two reasons. They either present RPGs and other similar hobbies in a stereotypical negative light or have the message of "give up your hobby for the girl".

Zero Charisma did fall a tad into the column of having a negative light on the subject matter but rang true with many of its points. The hipster "villain" was spot on. We all know this guy. The guy who has his fancy website, micro-brews, edgy tattoos and clothes, etc. He says he loves gaming but really, he is just in it because it is "hot or in at the moment". A person who defines himself as a gamer have roleplaying games as their lifeblood. His representation in the film is the best. I actually had the sad experience of playing with a group of these folks. The entire night barely involved any dice rolling. The night consisted of discussing their favorite micro-brew, existential and moral gaming debates that reeked of college-age pretentiousness, and lame jokes that when we did try to play ruined the game. The character of Miles was that in a nutshell.

The protagonist Scott, was a good character. He loved the game and treated it like a true gamer. One who is really passionate about his hobby. Granted he took it too far to a degree, but his speech at the gaming shop really resonated with me. The game, while yes it should be fun, does require significant work and shouldn't be treated lightly. Scott had many problems. A overbearing and conniving mother who abandoned him, an ailing grandmother who understands and yet doesn't understand her grandson, a cruddy job, a slightly enlarged ego, and wishy washy friends who are easily enticed by the "cool kid".
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Library Builder on January 19, 2014
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I am fully aware that this film paints gamers in a mixed light at best, but I have yet to see a truer gaming life movie than ZC. I am also admittedly an avid table top role playing gamer of over 30 years, but this is a gaming life flick that should appeal to gamers and non gamers alike. The human interest story here, though comedic, is poignantly real and applicable to today's nerd culture. For this reason alone I highly recommend this movie as a panacea to today's faux nerd high brow culture. You see there was a time when nerds were nerds, geeks were geeks, and preps were preps. Today, in the wake of the technological revolution, the idolization of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Wozniak nerd has become the new black. The "nerd-chic" culture has taken over what used to be preppy business circles. People wear glasses they don't need and day glow bow ties, fake real intelligence and play video games, try to talk Dr. Who and Star Trek even though they think Dr. Who started in the 90's and think Chris Pine when they think Captain Kirk. It's simply nauseating. ZC takes on this faux crap and reinstates what true gamer nerddom really is, warts and all. This movie inspired me, and I saw myself in it time and time again.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By rkfatheree on February 22, 2014
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Such a great movie. I'd heard of it but missed it in theatres. Can't believe it's available her for free. DEFINITELY WATCH. Great acting, great, production, great music and great story. Sam Eidson reminds me a little of a dramatic John Belushi - watching his character's emotions play across his face is a treat!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Anderson on April 7, 2014
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As a long time nerd I found this to be extremely accurate. The story is really well written, acted and scored. Anyone who has felt the scorn of the ironic hipster nerd will completely relate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on May 2, 2014
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I see people complaining a lot about how the main character Scott isn't likeable. It seems like they're missing the point you're not really supposed to like him. I feel like in the beginning you're supposed to like Miles more than him until the ending when you realize Miles is also a dick. Towards the end of the movie you get the feeling that Scott is starting to change but in the final minutes you learn that things really haven't changed at all for him or at least not as much. All and all I feel like that could possibly be the message of the movie some people change but, they take time. One last thing what was up with Miles' girlfriend when she's first introduced you feel like she's going to end up with Scott then, she doesn't and she really isn't that big in the movie any more. Personally I think they should have cut the scene with her and Scott on the couch cause it didn't really contribu​te much to the overall story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on July 14, 2014
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I thought this film was amazing. Sure, it's not the usual happy-go-lucky comedy that most people probably expect from a film focused on gaming. What it is is REAL. It's amazing how true to life Scotty's character is. At times laugh out loud funny, the film still maintains a darker edge throughout. This doesn't make it a bad film; to the contrary, it makes an otherwise good film great.

If you're involved in gaming, I guarantee you know somebody like Scott. He struggles with gaming being his only real passion, something that's a detriment to his life. It consumes him, and causes him to make excuses for his other failures. The antagonist is a bit ambiguous. He seems harmless enough at first, but eventually you do get a sense that he kind of has it out for Scotty. You can never be quite sure, since the film is seen primarily through Scott's eyes.

My favorite scene was when Scott meets Kendra for the first time. Katie Folger does a spectacular job in this role. While Kendra is just being friendly, you see - and feel- the unease in Scott as he interacts with her. His insecurities are a constant hindrance, causing him to push people away. He never understands why the world doesn't see the beauty in him and, for a brief moment, it seems like Kendra does.

This film can be taken in a variety of ways. Scott is the Every Man, struggling with classic issues of the human condition. How does a man find meaning in his life? If we have a negative opinion of ourselves, how does that hurt us from making our lives better? Scott's broken family is also a big theme in the story. How much different might his life have been if his mother hadn't run off? Or his father hadn't (presumably) abandoned him to his selfish and uncaring mother?
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