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Rise of the Fellowship (2013)

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Randall Dooley is a geek. His three best friends are geeks too. He works in a game shop, he spends all his free time playing online games, his older brother bullies him unmercifully, his ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Justin Moe ...
Squirrelly (as Jayme Bell)
Emma Earnest ...
Wolf J. Sherrill ...
Jason Krznarich ...
Aaron Bowman-Fields ...
Eric Garner ...
Drew Trementozzi ...
Thad / Gollum Kid
Melissa Temme ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joey / Game Parlor Employee
Ashley Batten ...
Commune #1
Mike Bunting ...
Game Parlor Employee #2
Anthony Capizzano ...
Convention Security #2


Randall Dooley is a geek. His three best friends are geeks too. He works in a game shop, he spends all his free time playing online games, his older brother bullies him unmercifully, his widowed mom doesn't understand him, and he's hopelessly in love with the prettiest cheerleader in high school. In short, he's a loser. All of that changes when he hears of the Lord of the Rings gaming competition in Orlando, Florida. Finally! Meaning in life! The FellowsHip is a buddy-comedy written in honor of online gamers and The Lord of the Rings. Full of Tolkien-references and good-hearted parody, The FellowsHip will appeal to Tolkien-fans and gamers alike, as well as anyone who's never been part of the in-crowd. Written by Anonymous

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During their quest to become Lord of the Ring video game champs, a group of geeks become a true fellowship and learns that there's a little bit of geek-and hero-in all of us.


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3 December 2013 (USA)  »

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The Fellows Hip: Rise of the Gamers  »


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$3,100,000 (estimated)
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Winner "Best Feature Film" 2012 GEN CON Film Festival. See more »


Baba Melvin Schnabel: We are often confused because the real truth is not the truth we want to see. Do you not know that what we see and what we do not see are not what we see?
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References The Lord of the Rings Online (2007) See more »

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A fun film for gamers and Lord of the Rings films
14 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Rise of the Fellowship is a glorious love letter to both the Lord of the Rings and the world of gaming, with just a touch of John Hughes for seasoning. We are introduced to a quartet of dedicated young geeks who go to school and play Lord of the Rings Online together while trying to avoid the typically abusive jock squad. This and other tropes such as our hero Randall being hopelessly In love with the lead cheerleader will be very familiar to anyone who grew up watching movies in the 1980's. Things take an interesting turn though when a Lord of the Rings Online competition is announced and the jocks attempt to beat the geeks at their own game. They seem to do so but only through the use of trickery and in order to right this wrong, Randall, Stacy, Squirelly and Nate set out on an epic quest for truth, justice and the gamer way. Astute fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy will notice that Rise of the Fellowship plays homage to many elements from those movies and even crafts its own storyline to roughly follow that of the trilogy. Since this is only one movie and not three, that mechanism leads to certain things getting a bit muddled and hurried at some points but overall, it works. The acting is surprisingly good, especially considering that it is a small independent film, with the standout being the film's director who plays Randall's older brother Stan. The character development is also handled well, with one possible exception. But as that is tied to a significant plot twist others may find it justified. Finally, the film also gets high marks for its sound track and topnotch production values. All of these elements combine to make a film that will be appreciated by many for the light-hearted homage and geek rallying cry that it is. Definitely give it a look!

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