From: February 10, 2011
If you understand D & D and role-playing game humor, you will enjoy this. It’s a comedy made for nerds, by nerds. If you don’t understand the words “critical hit”, “NPC”, or “bardic knowledge” then you will probably miss out on some of the funnier moments. Essentially, this is an acquired taste and for those of us who are keen on authentically smelly, dorky references, this is an incredibly funny film. If on the other hand you think you are a nerd because you found some black rimmed glasses and brag about how much you like The Avengers films, then you’re probably too cool for this one.
The set-up is actually fairly clever. The main character is a fella who, relate-able to the demographic (males age 18-35), has problems both inside and outside the game. Specifically, girl problems. This movie goes back and forth between two stories; the story of the players at their table top and the stories of their characters in the game world. The idea is that you see the people themselves grow as they learn how to really role play instead of just trying to conquer a scenario. Each of the players more or less become their characters. Really, this is the purpose and highly applicable value of RPG gaming. As the players in The Gamers prove, critical problem solving skills that can be applied as they battle creatures and villains in their game can be relevant to the real world as well; a misunderstood and highly overlooked aspect of role-playing. The most intense of real world gamers are often accused of not being able to discern the difference between the real world and their game world, but on the contrary, the game world is an important mechanism for coping and adapting to a real world that can be, at times, awful. I will point out that the gamers of this film are also more true to real like RPGers than most movies would have general audiences believe. Sure, there are those gamers who chose to not trim their fingernails or wear deodorant, but there are also plenty of gamers who are really just normal gals and fellas, and it’s a pleasure to finally see them represented.
The film quality and effects are intentionally bad, but aren’t any worse than the actual D & D movies (and better actually, because there aren’t any Wayan’s brothers in The Gamers). Nobody you’d recognize is in this. It’s a very cheap production, made by a bunch of people who are likely just friends who came up with an idea. Sometimes, as is the case with this feature, this warm-hearted, low-quality film making can be endearing.