A love triangle with a twist of fantasy! The hero is Ralph, a young nerd from a bad neighborhood who's on his way to university for the first time. Ralph is completely downtrodden in life, ... See full summary »
A love triangle with a twist of fantasy! The hero is Ralph, a young nerd from a bad neighborhood who's on his way to university for the first time. Ralph is completely downtrodden in life, but he escapes from a cruel reality that he can't control by creating insanely detailed fantasy game worlds (as in fantasy games such as "Dungeons and Dragons" or "Tunnels and Trolls"), in which he is firmly in charge, as "Game Keeper". When Ralph arrives at university he immediately takes over the fantasy role-playing society from the resident Game Keeper in a ruthless coup. His new players include neurotic risk management student Davy, metal-head theology student Hank and - most importantly - the beautiful Marlyn, a crazy Goth chick who believes she is an elf. She's the ultimate object of geek lust, and Ralph falls for her hard. But there's a fly in the ointment: Ralph's old enemy from the hood, minor dope dealer Lennie who has undergone a near-religious conversion to all things fantastical having... Written by
Pure Magic Films
Throughout the movie, the beer of choice is Fortitude, complete with the emblem of a double-sided battle axe. A clear nod to real-life roleplaying games (Fortitude being a key part of characters in mainstream rpg's, and the battle axe as a popular weapon with warriors). See more »
When my husband picked out this movie out at Blockbuster I was expecting a movie I would cringe at and probably never finish watching. Being one half of a gaming couple who met online I tend to get impatient when all gaming females and males are portrayed in the same way. Although this movie is guilty of complete stereotyping, I surprisingly found it very enjoyable and funny. It is genuinely humorous, does not take itself seriously and the characters although stereotyped are very likable (but definitely far into the weird side even for someone who has played fantasy games).
I had no trouble with the dialect due to being British and having lived in Edinburgh for 5 years while I was at university. I could however see it being a barrier for people unfamiliar with Scottish slang, although if someone could understand "Trainspotting" they should have no trouble with this movie.
The fantasy sequences were done using "shadow-play" which in my mind was definitely one of the best decisions of the film makers. It let people (particularly non-gamers) see what the players were visualizing without looking silly, and the art landscapes were nicely drawn.
Overall it was an enjoyable film that should appeal to anyone with a lighthearted sense of humor. If you liked "Napoleon Dynamite" you will definitely like this!
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