Over the past few years we’ve been seeing a lot of movies that revolve around folks who love role-playing games, both in the realm of fiction and non-fiction. From Darkon and The Dungeon Masters to Role Models, Unicorn City and the as-of-yet unreleased Knights of Badassdom, many of these movies attempt to appeal to the geek subculture while also poking fun at it. Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham’s Zero Charisma is the latest film to tackle the subject, and reviews coming out of SXSW claim it is one of the best.
The story revolves around Scott, the overbearing Game Master and self-proclaimed leader of his group of friends. When a new player joins their group and slowly starts to challenge his social status, Scott has no choice but to declare war on him. Nerdist Industries is co-distributing the film, which gives it some geek cred, but I still can’t help but feel that the characters here are being portrayed as pathetic rather than sympathetic. Zero Charisma hits VOD on Oct. 8th and select theatres on Oct. 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.