Zero Charisma Friday, 10 April 2020

Zero Charisma

Additional Info

  • Rating:


  • The pitch:

    Beam me up, Scotty.

  • Starring:

    Sam Eidson, Ann Gee Byrd, Brock England, Garrett Graham, Cyndi Williams, Vincent James Pendergrast, Katie Folger, Jeff Fenter

  • Directed by:

    Katie Graham, Andrew Matthews

  • Running time:

    88 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)


    People are punched, kicked, humiliated, hit with objects, wrestled, thrown, hair-pulled. A man punches a hole in a wall. Objects smashed, thrown, hit, punched. Reckless driving. Battlefield, gaming role-play. A man is slapped, a machine-gun is fired in a video. Arguing, raised voices, yelling. Robbed cash register mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody face, bloody cuts.


    Woman in skimpy underwear (illustration). References to sex acts, masturbation, infidelity. Exposed man-belly, shirtless male. Sex cult mentioned.


    Alcohol (beer, wine). Smoking (cigar). Prescription pills consumed. Growing marijuana, alcoholic grandfather/husband mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, a-word, b*tch, slang for genitals. Name-calling, belittling. Nerd, gamer, ethnic, weight, cultural, gender, age stereotypes. Homosexual joke. Religious exclamations.


    Tabletop gaming, role playing, RPGs, Star Trek, Dungeons and Dragons, greek trivia, humour, invention, storytelling, fantasy, pop culture, heavy metal, comics, palm reading, publishing, internal conflict, plagiarism, envy, outsiders, anti-heroes, World of Warcraft, gamemasters, nemeses, anger management.


    Stroke, engagement, mother's new boyfriend. Separation, job loss, marriage annulment, school suspension, abandoned son, heavy debts, alcohol allergy mentioned. Zit-squeezing, full moon, toilet. Trolls, goblins, elves, dwarves, wizards, zombies, werewolves, pigs mentioned.


    Fascinating, slapstick, compelling, rare, legit, affecting, pained, barbed, indie, merciless, homespun, entertaining, character-driven, raw, ugly, unpleasant. Lead characters are equally likeable as repulsive, excellent performance from Eidson, never sinks into caricature, convincing mise-en-scène, unnerving finale.


    Unsatisfying, broad, unsurprising. Limited audience appeal, disappointing ending, underdeveloped plot, sitcom-style formula, abrasive tone, sometimes excruciating to watch.

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