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Film Geek (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 28 January 2005 (USA)
The story of Scotty Pelk, a socially inept video store clerk who gets fired from his job and becomes a sensation as an online film critic.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melik Malkasian ...
Scotty Pelk
Ritah Parrish ...
'Days of Heaven' Customer
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Mr. Johnson
Dennis Adkins ...
'Letterboxed' Customer
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Kaitlin
Taylor Nida ...
Taylor
Daphne Carver ...
'Godard' Customer 1
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'Godard' Customer 2
Michelle Garner ...
Cindi
Michael Ramirez ...
Video Store Customer
Jack Ryan ...
Mr. Mooney
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Video Underground Manager
Tyler Gannon ...
Niko
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Temp Agency Counselor
Tony St. Clair ...
Virgil
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The story of Scotty Pelk, a socially inept video store clerk who gets fired from his job and becomes a sensation as an online film critic.

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His Knowledge is your misery.

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Comedy

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Not Rated

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$10,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,996 (USA) (13 January 2006)

Gross:

$17,341 (USA) (7 April 2006)
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James Westby: The Video Underground employee leaving messages on Scotty Pelk's answering machine. See more »

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Scotty Pelk: I love movies more than anything. Movies let you be other people.
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References Ararat (2002) See more »

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Not even enjoyable for a true film geek
28 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wanted to like this movie, but I didn't. It was simply too low budget to be enjoyable. The acting was generally pretty bad and the story was relatively formulaic.

There was a smattering of funny one-liners (most of which involved the word "basically"), but not nearly enough to get me through the 70 minutes without checking my watch.

Of course, as a film geek, I appreciated the references to lesser known directors and films. In fact, I would have loved it if that aspect of the film was played up. Instead, we get to see a corny pseudo-romance unfold and watch countless "Napoleon Dynamite" wannabe jokes fall flat.

The film doesn't work because the acting and storyline are subpar and the protagonist is a caricature who is far too one-dimensional to be even remotely believable. However, the cinematography is decent for a movie that seems to have been made for about $1000. The music wasn't too bad either.

If someone edited this down to only the obscure film references (which would probably run about 10 minutes), it would be funnier and much more digestible.

I wouldn't even recommend this one to cinephiles.

3 out of 10


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