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A socially inept video store clerk forges a tenuous friendship with a pretty downtown hipster after being fired from his job in Oregon-based director James Westby's quirky tale of geek love among the twenty-something set. Scotty Pelk (Melik Malkasian) may not be able to relate to his peers at the video store so well, but his knowledge of film is encyclopedic. A nuisance to the customers and an endless source of annoyance to his coworkers, Scotty takes solace in a friendly hipster named Niko (Tyler Gannon) after being unceremoniously fired the job that he loves. With his film website… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As played by Melik Malkasian with Pee-Wee Herman-y chirpiness, you feel for him as you would any out-of-it sibling who seems beyond help."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"The film's press notes proudly observe that both Westby and Quentin Tarantino spent time soaking up celluloid while working at video stores. Which means they have exactly one thing in common."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Here, getting there is all the fun, and this flick is stocked with laughs galore, all at the expense of the most clueless loser since Napoleon Dynamite."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"Film Geek" is a Rorschach test for movie buffs."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Detailed in its affectionate mockery, the film captures the social isolation that befalls guys like Scotty but understates their own complicity on it."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Perceptively hilarious."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Film Geek has a likable premise and a pleasantly homemade indie feel. Unfortunately, its lead character is so irritating you want to get away from him."
‑ Dana Stevens, New York Times
"It's so very easy to love Film Geek, especially if you are one."
‑ David Cornelius,
"there's enough magic here to merit a viewing or two."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Westby's escapist fantasy's happy ending falls short of a meaningful message in spite of a rib-tickling individual effort by lead Melik Malkasian."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"The film looks like it cost 10 cents, but a lot of the jokes are gold. Hollywood, take notice of writer-director James Westby."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"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."
‑ Matt Singer, Village Voice
"Amusing (and, at 72 minutes, in and out of there fast), with a diabolically dweeby performance by Melik Malkasian."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"For people who know their cinema, I recommend FILM GEEK not just as a comedy, but a cautionary tale as well."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson,
"On its own terms and for that small audience it owns, the film delivers."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
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