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Zero Charisma 2013 UNRATED CC

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 Drama, 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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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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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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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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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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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The production values are really excellent, and the acting is not bad.

The story line does nothing to promote gamers though.

I picked this gem up, because I like B-Grade films (check) about gamers (check), and appreciate movies that are written by folks that understand gamers and games (check) and tend to portray them in a humorous or positive light (BZZZZZZZZZZZZZT)!

There are a couple of funny scenes. The Gary Gygax doppleganger is funny. The scene where he punches a hole through the wall only to find that the poster he moves covers another hole is also funny.

Beware for spoilers follow ...

Our protagonist has zero charisma. He is a gamemaster who developed his own game system, but no game manufacturers are willing to produce and sell it.

The main star is a total ass and social blight.

He sponges off of his grandmother and is abusive to nearly everyone around him.

He cannot hold down a job.

You find yourself smiling as a scene develops and then, you cringe as it rockets into very uncomfortable areas.

There are two subplots in the movie. The protagonist's mom comes to visit granny and her son with her new fiancee, and we see her utterly humiliate the son (our hero) that she abandoned to join a "sex cult." You kind of hope that she either leaves quickly or changes. (No such luck.)

The second involves a new player that our hero invites to join his gaming group. The new player is wildly successful in nerd culture, but he holds all of his geeky acquaintances in loathing. He breaks up the gaming group.

The movie comes to a climax when the hero goes to a party that the popular guy is holding and assaults him physically.
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