Last night, after exhausting stuff I’d recorded (The Tony Awards, In Plain Sight), I poked at the list of on-demand stuff I’d bookmarked from Netfix. After some debate, I settled on the mocumentary Gamers.
When I’d seen in as a movie that was available for on-demand (i.e. streaming) viewing I thought I’d read that it was both funny and had a fairly positive portrayal of people who play RPGs (and, by extension other fans). Boy was I wrong, at least on the second account.
After about half an hour, I gave up because the two of the four main characters who had been introduced so far were both adults, still living with their parents and doing non-jobs – in other terms people with no life other than their game. A third character was being shown to have a life – or at least an on-again off-again girlfriend who he’d gotten pregnant, but other than that was looking just a clueless (he was fretting that having his girlfriend pregnant ment that he couldn’t game anymore).
The other humor that I cam across was fairly base – such as some clips of home-made, male on male/clown on clown porn (nothing that pushed past PG-13 at least in the what was actually on screen) and a very disturbing corporate training film for butchers.
So, as I said in the post title, I gave up. I actually quit watching and removed the movie from my queue.
Instead I watched about the first 30 minutes or so of a taped production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, which I was both enjoying and relating to better - even if I didn’t quite make it to 35 before getting married, and had more than just a handfull of married couples as friends. I am wondering if all productions have the actors doubling as the musicians, or if that was a choice for this particular production, however. It does make for an interesting visual to see things like trumpet mutes sitting on the bar and characters walking around with an otherwise unexplained cello.
Update at 8:03am June 18
I did a back check. The movie I failed to watch was Gamers with an “s” not Gamerz with a “z.” I think it was the later movie that I’d seen the more positive reviews of. I also took a bit of a glance at the Netflix reviews, and noticed that even the people giving it more than 1 star didn’t like it all that well. But I didn’t see anyone else complaining about the negative portrayal of a subculture.