Escapist Video Movie Review Report > Geekin': Love,
Jealousy, and Twenty-Sided Dice
GEEKIN': LOVE, JEALOUSY, AND TWENTY-SIDED DICE
John Kazuo Morehead
Starring: Justin Morgan, Alexa
Anderson, Kermit Holden, Louis Puster III, Sean Mulhall, Adam Morris,
Jason von Stein, Briana Westmoreland
Rated: Not rated - Contains
language, situations, and subject matter that are not appropriate for
IMDB listing: Geekin'
Find it at: The
Geekin' website store
tells the tale of Morgan, a gamer geek and soap
opera addict, his first meeting with Meredith, a woman he has been
chatting with online for months, and the shockwaves that are sent
through Morgan's gaming group once he decides to bring her to a party
to meet his friends.
he introduces her to his best friend Brown, the two hit it off a little
too well, and when Meredith and Brown begin dating, heated words start
flying. Before long, their circle of friends begins to come apart -
Austin and Mooney have a falling out over a long-held secret, Morgan
meets Penny, a woman he believes to be another romantic interest of
Brown's, and uses her to get a little revenge on him. In the end, it's
up to Morgan to get them all back together.
across as the sort of movie Kevin Smith
would do if he focused on gaming instead of comic books. The dialogue
and situations seem to take a lot of inspiration from his work -
there's even a direct reference to Chasing
Amy in the dialogue, and a quiet, cryptic
character named Finch, dressed in a dark jacket, who lurks around
during the last half of the film.
is very well produced and directed - the camera angles, lighting,
sound, and special effects are way above par from what you would expect
in this type of film. While gaming is featured in the background
through most of the film, it's a minor plot element to the story. It
draws most of the characters together in the beginning, and in the end,
it's a vehicle for bringing them back together after they've drifted
apart. Because of this, you don't have to be a gamer to enjoy Geekin',
which is another of its strong points.
STORY - The story
is well written and well paced. My only problem was with how Morgan
came off as a jerk in the end - sure, he did at least one thing that
earned him that title, but his efforts at the end of the story should
have redeemed him.
CHARACTERS - Some
of the acting is a little over the top (especially in Norm's case), but
for the most part, the characters are likable. Wes is an excellent
comedy relief, and in one scene set in Morgan's bedroom, he and
Meredith discuss their relationship and why it didn't work out - both
of them give excellent performances in this scene, and it's probably
the best moment of acting in the entire film.
LAUGHS & GASPS -
Morgan's "victory dance" through the game store (captured on the cover
of the DVD) is a riot, as is the climactic "meltdown" scene at the
gaming table. There are several other laugh-out-loud moments as well,
but I'm not going to wreck them for you.
REFERENCES & REALITY -
There are no direct references to what RPG they're playing in Geekin',
but there are plenty of authentic RPG posters
(World of Darkness games, Battletech, Ravenloft,
and more) hung all over the walls in various scenes, and a couple
scenes take place in what seems to be a real game store. The
conversation and concepts during the gaming scenes are spot on,
especially when the players devote hours arguing over rules and
character restrictions. I threw in an extra die here for the Changeling
poster in Morgan's room and Wes' Trogdor shirt. (Hey, it's my review, I
can do what I want!)
BONUS DICE -
Geekin' earns five bonus dice - one
die for the cool indie-rock soundtrack, one for the inebriated
commentary track, one for the DVD extras (bloopers, deleted scenes, and
a little "easter egg"), one for the stop-motion garden gnome battle
scene, and one for the special effects during the in-game scenes. There
weren't many of them, but they were pulled off very well, especially
the vanishing evil mage and the fireball cast in the last scene.
BAG - Geekin' has earned a bag of
21 dice - it's a great little circle-of-friends movie that you can
enjoy even if you aren't a gamer.
"I've got a
surprise for you."
"Is it a MONKEY?"
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