First and foremost, I understand that this movie was critically panned.  Many critics found the movie to be crude, vulgar, and failing on almost every level.  They hated the story, the characters, the jokes, and . . . well, everything.

It is my suspicion that few of these critics have ever been to a typical DnD night.

To clarify, no, not every game-night need be chalked full of jokes and quips of horrendous taste and humor.  Most of the time with many groups, swearing will only come up when bad dice results occur.  Since I am trying to illuminate the less-than-initiated about the benefits of gaming, it does not bode well for my talking points when I compare nights of DnD to a movie being considered the worst movie ever made.  With that out of the way . . .

For all my opinion matters, I thought this movie was hilarious!  Yes, the jokes were pretty bloody vulgar, filthy, and disgusting, the plot was fairly insipid and predictable, and the characters were basically caricatures.  Without deliberately trying to draw favorable comparisons, Shakespearean plays of old had their fill of humor strictly for the groundlings and yet those scenes are not ignored or looked down upon.  My point is that a little tasteless juvenile humor can be accomodating.

Rather than imagine a lack of effort in part of the writing, I envisioned the writers (most likely enjoying some questionable substances), playing a role-playing game, and recording their own dialogue and exposition.  The creativity in some of the sequences and the cliched plot do reek of classical role-playing campaigns.  Interjected into those “serious” story elements are the conversations of the players rather than the characters.  As an example, Franco’s Fabious reminds me of the always serius player who remains in character for as much as they can for the night’s session.  McBride’s Thadious, by contrast, is very much the “aloof” and bombastic player who, while irritating plenty of times, is still enjoyable to game with.

I would not recommend this movie for general viewing; the R-rating does help.  However, for DnD players (who enjoy moments of “low” humor) and other gamers, I do endorce watching this movie as you are the crowd that might actually appreciate the foulness of the subject without simply looking down at the movie.  To draw a deliberate comparison, it is like the movie The Gamers and its sequel; except for the part where it was all the collective imagination of the players.

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