Zero Charisma Friday, 10 April 2020

Zero Charisma

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    CTC.

  • 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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

    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.

  • THEMES:

    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.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    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.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

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

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