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Geekin' (2006)

Geekin' is an original story about a group of friends united by their common passion: role-playing games. Week-in and week-out, as often as they can, these socially awkward misfits indulge ... See full summary »

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Justin Morgan ... Morgan Lancaster
Alexa Anderson ... Meredith Baxter
Kermit Holden ... Brown Reed
Jason Von Stein ... Wes
... Norm
Louis Puster ... Mooney
Sean Mulhall ... Austin
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Charles Bailey ... Dematteis, Simon
Stephen Cheney ... Juthine the Just
Cameron Cook ... Finch
Sabrina Cown ... Sara
Lisa Gauss ... Wendy Lancaster
Joe Hunt ... Gump the Gnome Warrior
Andrew Kemp ... Sam the Clerk
Avery Kemp ... Audrey Baxter
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Geekin' is an original story about a group of friends united by their common passion: role-playing games. Week-in and week-out, as often as they can, these socially awkward misfits indulge their imaginations in the mythical land of Tir Sidaj, where they claim persona's as warriors, wizards, healing witches, and one ornery gnome. The strength of this Geek Utopia is tested, however, when the one force strong enough to rend it is introduced into the mix. Friendships will be broken and bonds will be shattered as the friends must deal with the ultimate Geek weakness: an attractive girl. "Geekin'" is a lighthearted comedy that begs the question of how far a geek will go for love. Enough to back-stab his friends? Destroy his fragile social circle? Or even... break up the adventuring party?? Written by Andrew Kemp

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A Saga of Love, Jealousy, and Twenty-Sided Dice

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Promising Idea Falls Flat
29 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

The idea has promise - a movie diving into the social structure of geeks. There have been others (the amusing at times FREE ENTERPRISE) but none made by geeks for geeks. I'm usually a sucker for films about sub-cultures and the people who make them up...and I'm always game for a DIY film made with more love and passion than most soulless Hollywood productions...

Unfortunately, GEEKIN falls very short. Sure, the acting is not that great (the all too obvious blocking makes every scene feel too staged and awkward) but the movie does have a pretty polished look, so from a technical standpoint, it's not bad.

But the movies starts well enough - with the beginning of a sweet geek romance between a shy guy and his internet friend (who he has just met for the first time). But soon after, the story goes off the rails...

My single biggest complaint about the movie are the characters. At first, they do highly questionable things (I'm treading lightly here to avoid spoilers)...but then they move into flat-out amoral stunts that had me floored. These were not a writer's bid for interesting, flawed characters - these were sleazy acts that scorched any tokens of sympathy or likability you had for the characters.

By the end of the movie there was not a single character I could relate to anymore or even understand on any level. Their actions were so completely disgusting that you were left wondering why anyone would want to care what happened to them. Really - it's that bad. It would be one thing if the movie took these immoral characters and explored the consequences of their actions in an intelligent way. But that is not what GEEKIN does.

It's difficult to write about this movie...it's not all bad. I wanted to like it, I really did - and there are points and places I truly enjoyed. But the jewels of good storytelling are buried in the manure of unhealthy behavior and the appalling notion that the filmmakers see nothing wrong in what their characters do to each other.

To the movie's credit - they end on at least a logical note. The DVD has an alternate ending which would have been happier, but also false considering everything that had happened.

Movies like this are frustrating. You can't write them off as simply "bad" but you can't very well recommend them either. While I'm not sorry I saw it, I can't say I will watch it again.


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