Zero Charisma (2013)
Average Rating: 6.6/10
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Scott Weidemeyer, an overweight and overbearing fantasy role-playing gamer finds his life turned upside-down when a handsome and charismatic hipster joins his game. Plagued by angst and self-doubt, Scott's troubles worsen with the faltering health of his grandmother, who has cared for him all his life, and the sudden arrival of his estranged mother and her new fiancé. Short-sighted and ill-tempered, Scott finds his once safe and comfortable life spinning wildly out of control. (c) Official FB
Oct 11, 2013 Limited
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By failing to push their galumphing antihero toward the self-knowledge he so desperately needs, [the directors] rob the film of its emotional stakes.
A consistently entertaining, character-driven comedy set within a community rapidly losing out to online options.
It stops short of leaving its would-be hero in despair, but never finds a reason for those who don't share his fixations to identify with him.
This film comes from a place that is, perhaps to the creators' consternation, legit.
Overall the movie offers a funny, human take on a wounded person and the gaming subculture that consumes him.
There's a nugget of truth in this film's depiction of nerd life, as there should be, given that it's produced by Nerdist Industries. It doesn't excuse that fact that it's an ugly, unpleasant viewing experience...
A likably blunt glimpse into the geek microcosm.... Funny, uneven story about a misfit among misfits.
Zero Charisma succeeds in delivering a raw look at an unappreciated idiot who would be king.
This blurring of allegiances creates a certain level of complexity that we don't typically find in comedies; then again, this isn't a typical comedy.
A fun flick about table-top gaming culture and the challenges of being a geek in the modern age.
A barbed indie character study that seems perched, like Big Fan, between dark humor and probing psychodrama.
Zero Charisma is a comedy by classification, but its cruelties have a way of turning it into a psychodrama inadvertently. The tone is often as abrasive as its hero.
A fascinating portrait of an initially stereotypical mouth-breathing man-child addicted to role-playing games of his own invention.
It's a pity that it hews to sitcom-like formula rather than using this bank of knowledge and sympathy to create something more original.
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