Nerds have it hard. Having to be always on the outside looking in. Looking in on cooler people, handling social situations with ease and calm.
But, when a group of geeks, led by their board game master Scott (Sam Edison), can get together to play on Friday nights they aren't looking in anymore. A game of fantasy is where they can become cool with the roll of the dice and Scott can be himself.
Acting out mythical characters of his own invention, speaking in animated voices, being able to be an entertaining and inventive storyteller. Weaving a tale of a powerful hero who battles those that laugh at or disregard the weak.
However, one of the gang has to drop out and Scott soon needs a fifth member. Enter Miles, (a much hipper guy who seems to have everything-- a job, his own apartment and even, a girlfriend) when he decides to join the game. Immediately drawing Scott's ire and bringing out the true flaws in Scott's personality. Angering and isolating him even further.
"Zero Charisma", the new Comedy that arrived this week to watch at home On Demand or through iTunes, plays out this hearfelt drama full of laughs in a tale of revenge of the nerd. Scott must fight to regain the respect of his fellow friends and control not only the game but, also his life when his grandmother (with whom he lives with) takes ill bringing back his flighty mother who left him when he was a child.
An honest approach that shows its main character warts and all. You still cheer him on, despite being a jerk. Edison embodies his lead role and adds a nerdy icon the likes we haven't seen since Napoleon Dynamite or Lewis Skolnick.