Zero Charisma (2013)

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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
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Sam Eidson
as Scott
Cyndi Williams
as Barbara
Brian Losoya
as Leonard
Dakin Matthews
as Greg Goran
Katie Folger
as Kendra
Jeff Fenter
as Kenny
Nguyen Stanton
as Mrs. Yi
Robert Tolaro
as Mel Vernon
Duncan Carson
as Nathan
Joe Nicolosi
as Gamer #1
Robert Stevens
as Gamer #2
Dave Mikol
as Burt
Kevin Welch
as "Let's Rock and Roll!" Guy
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Critic Reviews for Zero Charisma

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

By failing to push their galumphing antihero toward the self-knowledge he so desperately needs, [the directors] rob the film of its emotional stakes.

October 11, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

There's much to like here.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

A barbed indie character study that seems perched, like Big Fan, between dark humor and probing psychodrama.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

A fascinating portrait of an initially stereotypical mouth-breathing man-child addicted to role-playing games of his own invention.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013
indieWIRE
Top Critic

A consistently entertaining, character-driven comedy set within a community rapidly losing out to online options.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Zero Charisma

A movie about a group of tabletop role players. None of them are very likable. Seriously. It's as if a close minded jock from the 80's make up some characters and a story to go with it. I doubt that that is the case, but that's how it feels. Don't waste your time.

Michael Nomad
Michael Nomad

After seeing this, obviously my problem is an ending. closure to the movie. while you end on a happy note, and the main focus of the film may relate to some, i feel as if there are many questions unanswered at the end of the film. Is this trying to portray the life of a real person, or just giving a sad story that may be compelling to some, but not most of the general audience? The questions left unanswered, while giving hope in a certain view, to certain people, leave a large gap at the end for the rest. the only reason I give this 3 is because I can in some ways relate the the main character.

Chris Bond
Chris Bond

A small-scale character study that avoids banishment to the land of mediocrity because of Sam Edison & Anne Gee Byrd's strong performances. Formulaic and a little too low on laughs, but bound to find its niche audience (of which I am not) over time.

Casey Black
Casey Black

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