Zero Charisma follows a game master Scott, as played by Sam Edison, who can only seem to control of one aspect of his life: his Thursday night gaming group. The group finds itself in need of a new player after three years of continuous play, and they fill that need with Miles, who for lack of a better term is, a “hipster” who shakes the gaming group to its core. Things begin to spiral completely out of control for Scott, but how can someone with Zero Charisma overcome these challenges?
After my first watch of the movie I had literally no idea what to think about it. I tried to start watching with little to no preconceived notions in my head, but I’ll be damned if I couldn’t manage to do it. Instead I walked in with having watched the trailer, and having seen the genre listed as comedy. I was led astray from what was in this movie! I personally would have this fall into the dramedy/dark comedy genre instead.
I have since watched the movie a second time to help me better establish an opinion at all, and I have found that I genuinely enjoy the film, because it is genuine in what it is trying to convey. I know that some people in the gaming community will see this as play into negative stereotypes about gamers, but I don’t think that this is the intention of the film at all. Instead it successfully makes the story about someone who truly does have Zero Charisma and happens to play a homebrew version of Dungeons and Dragons.
There are two people that help to carry this movie into something that I think will be a cult classic. First and foremost Bobby Tahouri who did the music for this film, and helped to push things to a higher level. Its timing and quality are perfect, and in a way seem slightly out of place because of the quality found within an independent film crowd funded by IndieGoGo. The second is your not so friendly neighborhood Game Master Scott who genuinely conveys the dreary life that he leads through some of the most epic speeches, be they about how the world is against him at every single turn, or if its to his players to help immerse them into the world he has created and controls.
If you have ever played pen and paper games this movie is definitely worth a watch because there will undoubtedly be some piece that directly resonates with your experience. It is also a somber look into the life of someone who can’t seem to manage to gain control of his surroundings no matter how hard he tries. I still don’t know how I feel about the ending of the movie, but like the rest of the film its growing on me, and no doubt will as I watch this film again before too long!!
So to answer the question, “Does it live up to its name or score a critical hit?” I would say on a 20-sided die roll, Zero Charisma lands as a solid 16/20 and definitely worth a watch. Let us know what you think about this movie in the comments below!