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Noobz -- A gamer clan made up of three luckless, aging gamers and an asthmatic adolescent, are forced to “Frag Up” and road trip to Los Angeles in order to enter the Cyberbowl Video Game Championships.
Noobz -- Four friends embark on a journey to win the Gamecon Championship.
Noobz -- A  gamer clan made up of three luckless, aging gamers and an asthmatic adolescent, are forced to “Frag Up” and road trip to Los Angeles in order to enter the Cyberbowl Video Game Championships.
Noobz -- A gamer clan made up of three luckless, aging gamers and an asthmatic adolescent, are forced to "Frag Up" and road trip to Los Angeles in order to enter the Cyberbowl Video Game Championships.
Noobz -- Four friends hit the road to LA to compete in the Cyberbowl Video Game Championship but will they be able to compete with the worst hangovers of their lives?

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25 January 2013 (USA) See more »
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Four friends hit the road to LA to compete in the Cyberbowl Video Game Championship, but will they be able to compete with the worst hangovers of their lives? | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Lin Shaye ... Mrs. Theodore

Sabrina Carpenter ... Brittney

Casper Van Dien ... Casper Van Dien

Moises Arias ... Hollywood

Jason Mewes ... Andy

Jon Gries ... Greg Lipstein
Johnny Alves ... Referee (as John Alves)

Mindy Sterling ... Mrs. Robinson

Richard Speight Jr. ... Jeff

Carly Craig ... Melissa

Matt Shively ... Oliver

Zelda Williams ... Rickie

Jesse Heiman ... Computer Guy

Bill Bellamy ... Brian Bankrupt Simmons

David Hoffman ... Angry Customer

Skylan Brooks ... Chomomma

Catherine Annette ... Cocktail Waitress

Rick Overton ... Martin Wilson

Asif Ali ... Gas Station Clerk

Michael J. Sielaff ... Employee Chris

India Oxenberg ... Pixie Teammate
Alex Mandel ... Brian - NVL

Blake Freeman ... Cody

Adam Sessler ... Adam Sessler

Kalilah Harris ... Exotic Dancer

Charlene May ... Pixie Teammate

Caroline Kinsolving ... Sarah Cronin
Eric Golowski ... Frat Guy

Brien Perry ... Mr. Perry

Paul J. Ballin ... Corey

Robert Parks-Valletta ... Bartender

Jennifer Manley ... Ticketing Agent
Nino Nava ... Game Convention Guy (as Sergio Garcia)

Kerry Wynnyk ... Neighbor

Ricky Titus-Lam ... Nerdy Student (as Ricky Titus)

Pride Grinn ... Greg's Opponent
Bette Rae ... Molly

Gene Loveland ... EMT #2

Gray Ellis ... Tournament Spectator (as Tony Ellis)

Bo Burroughs ... Robert NVL

Julia Lescova ... Julia
Fabian Alomar ... Anthrax

Samba Schutte ... Sports Bar Fan

Chenese Lewis ... Milkshake

Nathalie Merchant ... Challenger
Michelle Lacroix ... Mt. Dew Girl
Ashley A. Thomas ... Missy
Danielle R. Crane ... Carissa

Evan Avtal ... Team Gunnar

Jake Flaming ... Airport Traveler
Valerie Humbard ... Game Con Girl
Dustin Kydd ... Acid rain #4
Ryan Kidd ... Himself
Timothy C. O'Mara ... Acid
Christopher M. Owens ... Gamecon Security
Eddy Lord ... Waiter
Arnold Velazquez ... Doorman
Jason Vu ... EMT #1
Shawnda Gaston ... Pixie Teammate
I. Elijah Baughman ... Restaurant Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Freeman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Blake Freeman 
Marvin Willson  writer

Produced by
Danielle R. Crane .... producer
Shane Duffy .... producer
Michael Fancher .... co-producer
Blake Freeman .... producer
Julie Thomas Knap .... co-producer
Kip Konwiser .... producer
Casper Van Dien .... co-producer
Jason Vu .... producer
Marvin Willson .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Ryan Purvis 
 
Film Editing by
Blake Freeman 
Ryan Purvis 
 
Casting by
Ferne Cassel 
 
Art Direction by
Ashley A. Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
Carly Ryan .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Timothy C. O'Mara .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jay Ross .... first assistant director (as Jay Ross Barwick)
Joe Smith .... first assistant director (as Joseph Smith)
 
Sound Department
Ryan Briley .... assistant sound editor
Josh Chavez .... boom operator
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Giovanni Di Simone .... sound
Chris Diebold .... sound effects editor
Jason Gaya .... sound re-recording mixer
Angela Hemingway .... supervising dialogue editor
Spencer Schwieterman .... sound effects editor
Milos Zivkovic .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Alex Allgood .... visual effects artist
Logan Aries .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
Dustin Kydd .... assistant stunt rigger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Cane .... assistant camera
Eric Golowski .... assistant camera
Jesse Lee .... grip
Oliver Lynch .... camera operator
Salmun Mousavi .... electrician
Chad Sullivan .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Darya Balyura .... casting associate
Sequoia Houston .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Logan Aries .... post-production technical supervisor
Amanda Elliott .... on-line editor
Carolyn Woods .... colorist
 
Other crew
Brian Epps .... production assistant
Sequoia Houston .... script supervisor
Jacob Martin .... production assistant
Michael E. Morales .... production legal counsel
Kaity Nielson .... production coordinator
Christopher M. Owens .... production assistant
Robert Paz .... technical advisor
Gordon River .... production assistant
Arnold Velazquez .... location manager
 

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Rated R for language including some crude sexual references
Runtime:
90 min (a | USA:97 min
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The baby with the gun shirt that Jason Mewes in the movie is from the web series the Guild which is also about a gaming clan.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 50 mins) Andy (Jason Mewes) is sitting in the car with Cody. The front on shot shows Andy with his seat belt off, but on the side shot, he has it on, then off again on the front shot.See more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Adult gamer comedy that needs to hit the 'reset' button, 7 February 2013
Author: culturedleftpeg from United Kingdom

Noobz is the story of four gamers and their path to LA and the Cyberbowl Video Game Championships. Of course, there's the usual trials and tribulations that come with such a trip. Written and directed by relative newcomer Blake Freeman, the central four of the film are played by Jason Mewes (Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, The Tripper, Todd & The Book of Pure Evil), Matt Shively (Paranormal Activity 4), Moises Arias (Hannah Montana, Nacho Libre) and Freeman himself. Along the way, there's comedy, romance, break-ups, gaming rivalry and Casper Van Dien.

The film starts off by showcasing the rivalry that is now more popular than ever between online games. Gone are the days of one man sat in his room, bashing his joystick on his own. Now said joystick basher has the chance to test his wits against other like-minded people across the globe. Even better than that, there are now gangs/clans that games can join up with in order to take down other clans via the joys of the worldwide web.

We're firstly introduced to three friends; Cody (Freeman), Andy (Mewes) and Oliver (Shively). They play Gears of War 3 online in a four-man clan alongside their cyber-friend 'Hollywood', supposedly Casper Van Dien, but in reality Moises Arias. All four are obsessed gamers, with them calling a halt to all other activities in their life when there's the chance of an online match - jobs and relationships firmly take a back seat early on in the story. We also quickly learn about their mortal enemies; the 'Black Assassins' clan. The film is set up as a buddy movie of sorts, with some smutty and sexual humour thrown in for good measure.

First thing's first with a comedy like this, is it actually funny? To this, I say, an unequivocable 'at times.' The film starts off well, with the principal cast and the basic plot all introduced quickly and thoroughly enough. It's sometime during the second act that the film starts to lose its appeal. At first the jokes are fine, even funny a lot of the time, but they just seem to repeat themselves the longer the film goes. The humour is toilet humour at best. Luckily, I'm a fan of toilet humour - I just prefer it to be a bit funnier than the majority of what's on show here.

Whilst the characters are all supposed to be flawed in their own individual ways, I didn't find myself feeling any attachment to any of them. Now, I'm a gamer as well, so I could relate to that part of the story, it's just that the characters, particularly Cody, feel hollow. There's just nothing there to care about. There's the unravelling of an apparent love story featuring Mewes and Zelda Williams' Rickie, yet you never really buy into it as it's not fleshed out enough for you to even care about, especially when the film reaches its finale. You're left thinking, 'what was the point?' with that subplot – a feeling that you'll have to become familiar with if you're to see Noobz through.

The film isn't entirely horrible; there are some funny bits. The funnier scenes seem to stem around young Sklyan Brooks' Chomamma; the leader of the rival 'Black Assassins' clan. It's just a major shame that the majority of his scenes tend to come in the first half of the film, meaning that the better stuff is out-of-the-way early on. I also quite look the comical usernames that the main characters have, with RumPULL4Skinz being a favourite of mine. There's also some decent performances, mainly from Matt Shively and Moises Arias. There's even a nice subplot involving Jon Gries' distant father to Arias' Hollywood. Gries is great in his role as a world-famous retro gamer, with Frogger being his game of choice. He's almost an exact replica of the real life Billy Mitchell, as featured in the brilliant 2007 documentary The King of Kong. As well as Gries, it's also nice to see an appearance from a personal favourite of mine, Lin Shaye. It's just a shame that her role is brief and relatively unimportant. You also feel as if Jason Mewes is trying to his best with the role, yet he seems to be facing a constant uphill battle. His character is often funny, yet sometimes a bit too forced, with the character just coming off as Jay-lite for those familiar with Mewes' appearance in various Kevin Smith films over the years. Mewes is better than this.

The concept of the film is quite nice in principle, but the execution is sloppy. The film takes elements from films such as Fanboys, Detroit Rock City, Role Models, Sex Drive and the aforementioned The King of Kong documentary, yet it fails to live up to any of those. Flat, hollow, lifeless and unfulfilling are just some words to throw at Noobz. It does have a Casper Van Dien cameo though.

I was really hoping for a lot more from this film, yet I was massively disappointed. It's not without its charms, it's just that they're few and far between. I give Noobz a bland and boring 4 out of 10 stars. I do quite like the tagline of 'Regular guys, virtual heroes' though.

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