Film Geek Quentin Tarantino's career arc from video-store clerk to adjective may be an inspiration, but it's also an exception. It's the passion of obsessives like Scotty… Film Geek Quentin Tarantino's career arc from video-store clerk to adjective may be an inspiration, but it's also an exception. It's the passion of obsessives like Scotty… 2006-02-17 Unrated PT72M Comedy Melik Malkasian Tyler Gannon First Run Features
Movie Review

Film Geek (2006)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT Malkasian is a ''Film Geek'' worth getting to know
A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT Malkasian is a ''Film Geek'' worth getting to know
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Feb 17, 2006; Rated: Unrated; Length: 72 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Melik Malkasian; Distributor: First Run Features

Quentin Tarantino's career arc from video-store clerk to adjective may be an inspiration, but it's also an exception. It's the passion of obsessives like Scotty Pelk (Melik Malkasian), the title character in the perceptively hilarious rock-bottom-budget indie comedy Film Geek, that supplies video outlets with a renewable workforce. 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. The movie has the unstyled swing of a cult pic in its no-frills production values. And in Malkasian, Westby finds a muse with Buster Keaton eyes. Scotty's website gets no traffic, his lack of tact costs him his job, and his sex life is in his head, with assistance from his hand. But Westby never mocks or Napoleon Dynamites his hero; he even introduces Scotty to a chick (Tyler Gannon) arty enough to talk about David Cronenberg and decent enough not to be mean. Which, actually, makes her truly cool.

Originally posted Feb 15, 2006 Published in issue #865 Feb 24, 2006 Order article reprints