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As the strict Game Master of a fantasy role-playing game, Scott (Sam Eldson) leads his friends in a weekly quest through mysterious lands from the safety of his grandmother s kitchen. But his mastery of his own domain starts to slip along with everything else in his life when cool new guy Miles (Garrett Graham) joins the game, quickly winning over the group with his confident charm. When Scott is finally dethroned by an unexpected coup, he realizes he must roll the dice and risk everything to expose Miles as the fraud he believes him to be. A darkly comedic fable of epic proportions, ZERO CHARISMA is an ode to nerds from every realm.
Raw and affecting . . . a breakthrough in the portrayal of geek culture on film. --Village Voice
Fascinating . . . A compelling portrait. 'Clerks' meets 'Curb Your Enthusiasm. --Indiewire
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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".Read more ›
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.
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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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After initially hearing about this film, I was skeptical as to what it's quality might be given a handful of negative reviews (ranging in their critiques from minor to major... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D.J.
A harsh look at the reality of being a friendless loser who games. The acting was decent enough. There were no special effects, but there was some macro shots of miniatures. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William D. Colburn
It is funny in some parts, but overall it is not very good. The movie begins with a certain premise, and then it never deviates or goes anywhere more interesting.Published 12 months ago by Rob
Funny...realistic to a dungeon and dragons game. The main theme wasn't bad..but needs some tweeking. It losts my friends interests after half the movie was over.Published 13 months ago by Dawn T.
Excellent acting, VERY good story. Not your "typical" gamer movie, it's more about stuff outside the game, which is cool, but not exactly what I expected, which is also... Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Lee
A great story of a life given to rôle playing games and an attempt to control friends or anyone. When watching, a person will have to get hard core and tuff-it-out like a true... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Haskell Morris Jr.