The nerds, it seems, continue to get their revenge. The subculture has become its own culture, as evidenced by movies like “Zero Charisma.”
That’s right, it’s a feature-length movie centered on the grand master of a tabletop role-playing fantasy game (the Dungeonmaster of Dungeons & Dragons, obviously) — played to perfection by Sam Eidson.
“Charisma,” from co-directors Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews lovingly sends up the weird nerd hierarchy that creates what I am dubbing the “Alpha Nerd” — the kind who judges those who do not meet his standards of obsessiveness.
The film — distributed by comedian/podcaster Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Industries — is a solid comedy no matter who you were in high school. The low-budget doesn’t show with a talented and natural cast.
It’s evocative of the work of nerd royalty Kevin Smith — Eidson even reminds of Smith collaborator Ethan Suplee — with a twist of the counter-culture celebrations of John Waters.
This all makes for a fun communal experience on the big screen — made all the more communal by the fact that there is only one showing at the Gateway.
Nerd brethren, unite. We shall overcome.