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  • Summary: Film Geek is a hilarious new comedy about Scotty Pelk, a socially inept video store clerk with an encyclopedic knowledge of film. (First Run Features)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. James Westby's loving and self-aware homage to mouth-breathing boys who worship Wong Kar-Wai and can't talk to girls is the opposite of Tarantino-esque: It's Westby-ish, interspersing settings of biting social oafishness with spasms of film knowledge.
  2. 83
    With limited means, Westby makes excellent use of Portland locations and cinematic references to make Film Geek a mostly spot-on, sometimes hilarious character study. His greatest asset is Malkasian, who gives Scotty the prototypical geek attributes.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    75
    The film looks like it cost 10 cents, but a lot of the jokes are gold. Hollywood, take notice of writer-director James Westby.
  4. Film Geek has a likable premise, an unusual setting in downtown Portland, Ore., and a pleasantly homemade indie feel. Unfortunately, Scotty Pelk, as written by James Westby and played by Mr. Malkasian, is actually so irritating, so genuinely hard to take, that like the rest of the characters in this semiautobiographical movie, we soon find ourselves itching to get away from him.
  5. You'd be better off spending an evening with the collected works of Rob Schneider.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    20
    Westby never provides a reason you should pay to spend 70 minutes with Scotty, but he offers at least a dozen compelling ones not to.
  7. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    0
    Instead of offering any insight or (dare I dream?) entertainment, Film Geek presents a socially retarded main character stumbling through a dimwitted plot with a series of painfully unfunny nonjokes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. WilliamB.
    Jan 20, 2006
    10
    Awesome. Just saw this movie in Portland Oregon. It opens in NYC on February 10th. Telling all my NYC friends to check this out. It's hilarious and painfullly sad all at once. Brilliant. Expand
  2. LindaM.
    Jan 31, 2006
    10
    I loved film Geek! It's a Napolean Dynamite for grown ups and with a twist. I've already seen it 3 times since it came out in Portland. I can't wait for it to be released on DVD! Expand
  3. AlB.
    Feb 7, 2006
    10
    Very good movie. The direction, writing, and acting are all excellent. It's funny and sad at the same time. I actually cried.
  4. CharlieE.
    Feb 12, 2006
    10
    I knew nothing about this movie until my parents drug me out of bed on a groggy sunday afternoon. I was pleasently surprised at how good this movie was and thought it was cool that it was filmed in so many areas in Portland that I recognized. I laughed over and over again. Expand
  5. MarieA.
    Feb 8, 2006
    10
    Film Geek is such a cool movie. I laughed, I cried and in the end I just wanted to go straight back to the theater and see it all over again. Definitely worth checking out wether your a film geek or you just love to see fun and touching movies. Expand
  6. RamoneB.
    Feb 8, 2006
    9
    Film Geek is a damned good movie. It was a little more racy than I thought it would be (don't bring the young kids), but it was well worth the price of the ticket and worth seeing more than once. Scotty is a bit of a sad character who's adventures are unforgettable and engaging. Well worth checking out. Expand

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