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Qwerty 2013

NR CC
4.3 out of 5 stars (3) IMDb 6.1/10

This entertaining and heartwarming romantic comedy follows introverted 'word-nerd' Zoe, whose life is turned upside down when she meets her emotional match in irascible weirdo Marty. Before the adorable pair can live happily ever after, Zoe must gain the courage to enter the National Scrabble Championship and compete to become only the second woman in history to win the grand prize.

Starring:
Dana Pupkin, Eric Hailey
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Bill Sebastian
Starring Dana Pupkin, Eric Hailey
Supporting actors Bill Redding, Joel Wiersema, Claire Tuft, Katherine Banks, Eliza Toser, Jake Jarvi, Mike McNamara, Jeff Garretson, Kate Froehlich, Dan Flannery, Diana Simonzadeh, Sandy Gulliver, Sean Patrick Leonard, Rich Baker, Steve Gelder, Jamil Johnson, Rebecca Lumianski, T'Challa Dion Jackson
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Michael P. Crowley on September 22, 2013
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To say this film is charming and sweet seems to be damning it with trite praise. This film has more of an edge and darkish side than your average Sleepless in Seattle love story. Set in Chicago with some beautiful scenes of the city's art and architecture, the film brings together two intelligent but damaged people. You have to suspend your disbelief a bit when they meet and almost instantly fall in love, but as two "outcasts" living in a world full of jerks and $55 underwear, you want to see their relationship succeed. This is a film for grown-ups who don't require world destroying special effects to enjoy a movie.
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Delightfully quirky. There is a very real feeling of not mattering that feels authentic. This love story does a beautiful job of showing the journey from being out of place to being loved and important.
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Some Scrabble players I know who’ve seen Qwerty complained that director Bill Sebastian and screenwriter Juliet McDaniel got it all wrong in representing the realities of competitive Scrabble. After seeing the film recently on DVD, I would qualify that statement—they got some of it, perhaps even a lot of it, wrong, but much of the wrong is to some extent excusable. Of course, no newbie would enter the Nationals as his or her first tournament, but if Sebastian had depicted Zoe, the film’s heroine, spending years studying and traveling to tournaments and losing and winning and winning and losing, there would not have been enough time to develop the film’s primary themes, among them the redemptive power of love.
Another inaccuracy is the representation of the Nationals themselves. In the film, the top sixteen finalists (of whom four happen to be from Chicago) are seated on a stage as fans in the bleachers cheer on their favorites. A truthful depiction of the Nationals— hundreds of people separated into five divisions playing in a quiet ballroom—would have lessened one of the strengths of the movie, a quirky kind of intimacy. It would have also amped up production costs. (Speaking of quirky, I wonder if one reason the filmmakers titled their movie Qwerty is because it sounds so much like quirky, which the movie definitely is.)
I liked Qwerty very much, especially once I got over the fact that it’s not a movie about Scrabble, but rather a film that uses Scrabble to reveal character and provide a mechanism to move along the plot. Dana Pupkin and Eric Hailey are great actors, and it’s refreshing to see Scrabble depicted as a young person’s game. And the shots of Chicago, my hometown, are stunning.
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