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"Knights of Badassdom"; Badass or Dumb?

Ashton and Joe, hosts of the Next Level Nerd LARP podcast “321 Lay-On!” join Justin on the NLN Movie Podcast to discuss the critical and commercial bomb “Knights of Badassdom”. Is it really awful or does it deserve another look? We cast a rejuvenation spell to give this sucker another look and you can find the audio version on nextlevelnerd.com or wherever you cast your pod.



Movie: Knights of Badassdom

Released: January 21st 2014 (Limited US Release)

Production Company: IndieVest Pictures and North by Northwest Entertainment


MPAA: R

Runtime: 1:26


General Info:


· Critical Response:

o Rotten Tomatoes:

Tomato Meter: 67%

Audience Score: 37%

o Meta Critic:

56/100

o Cinema Score:

N/A

· Financials

o Budget: Couldn’t find this information

o Box Office: $123,854


· Why are we reviewing it?

o It made less than $200k, was shit on by critics, but shit on more by the audience on Rotten Tomatoes, and disowned by director Joe Lynch after the film was delayed and re-edited by production company IndieVest. It’s also one of the few major films about LARP that we know of.


· Tagline(s):

o 'Tis about to get medieval up in here.

o Canst Thou Handle It?

o Let the Game Begin.

o Conquer the Demon.


· Written by:

o Kevin Dreyfuss & Matt Wall

This is basically their only writing credit on IMDb


· Directed by:

o Joe Lynch

Wrong Turn 2


· Music:

o The score is done by Bear McCreary and as always, it’s excellent.

Walking Dead

Agents of SHIELD

God of War

The Cloverfield Paradox

Happy Death Day

Black Mirror

Constantine

AVGN Movie

Battlestar Galactica


· The Cast:

o Peter Dinklage

o Jimmi Simpson

o Summer Glau

o Danny Pudi

o Steve Zahn

o Ryan Kwanten

o Margarita Leveiva

o Brian Posehn


Mitchell’s Critical Corner(TM):

“This movie about Live Action Role Players (or LARPers) -- men and women who act out Dungeons and Dragons in real settings, in costumes -- is so haphazard it might have been thought up during a game of Mad Libs.”

– Michael Sragow, Orange County Register


“While the LARPers are ostensibly treated with affection, the film still repeatedly goes for low-hanging comedy fruit such as the histrionic and incorrect olde-English-speak they use while in-game, an obvious gag that quickly grows tiresome.”

– Dan Kaufman, Paste Magazine


“A one-note joke and a whiff of a story that fails to offer a single reason - literal or metaphorical - why dressing up as a fictional character is enjoyable or rewarding.”

– Todd Gilchrist, TheWrap


“Supernatural slasher haunts a live-action role-playing game. The cast is clearly having fun, but none of it rubs off on us; Peter Dinklage and Steve Zahn are completely squandered.”

– MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher



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