"No other film nails the emotions of being a hardcore nerd"
"Consistently entertaining" Variety
"Raw and affecting" Village Voice
"A barbed indie character study... [Sam] Eidson delivers a complex, bravely off-putting performance" Onion AV Club
"[Filmmaker Andrew] Matthews' script is incredibly nuanced and mature... This is an all-around well-made film that is impossible not to fall in love with" Film Threat
Metal loving gamer geek, Scott Weidemeyer (Sam Eidson) lives with his ornery grandmother and works a lousy job at a donut shop. But every Tuesday night, he is the omnipotent Game Master, leading his friends in a weekly quest through a tabletop journey of fantasy and adventure from the safety of his grandmother's kitchen. But his mastery of his own domain starts to slip, along with everything else in his life, when neo-nerd hipster Miles (Garrett Graham) joins the game, not only winning over the group with his confident charm, but also dethrones Scott with an unexpected coup. Scott begins to resent the admiration Miles receives from the other players and to make matters worse, the health of his grandmother begins to falter. When his estranged mother comes to visit him, she reminds Scott of a childhood that he would just as soon forget. Caught in a spiral of rage and delusion, he is forced to take drastic steps to reclaim his honor, and his identity as the Game Master, rolling the dice and risking everything to expose Miles as the fraud he believes him to be. Zero Charisma is a darkly comedic fable of epic proportions and an ode to nerds from every realm.
Directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews, 2013, U.S.A., 97 mins.