(Unrated, 1:20:45, Released 2004)
|Genres:||Documentary, Drama, Special Interest|
|Release Date:||Jan 1, 2004|
|DVD Release Date:||Apr 5, 2005|
|Starring:||Joel Sherman, Joe Edley, Marlon Hill, Matt Graham, Mike Birbiglia|
|Directed by:||Eric Chaikin, Julian Petrillo|
|Synopsis:||The directorial debut of filmmakers Eric Chaikin and Julian Petrillo, Word Wars: Tiles and Tribulations on the Scrabble Circuit is a humorous documentary look at the culture surrounding the National Scrabble Tournament. Focusing on four players in particular, the film details the intense competitions that lead up to the finals in San Diego, where each of the competitors hopes to take home the 25,000-dollar prize. Premiering at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Word Wars screened as part of the documentary competition. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi|
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April 19, 2011
An extraordinary band of misfits embark on trying to win a Scrabble tournament. I love seeing people with such eccentricities. I enjoy a good game of Scrabble, but these guys are obsessed. This also damages them as characters. Most don't have jobs, instead deciding to focus on Scrabble. Also, they don't tend to be that smart. They simply memorize what's allowed and what isn't The film takes us to a number of places and events, but never gets exceptionally interesting. It also doesn't build up the tension of the games, just simple notes on who's winning pop up on screen. A nice piece as a simple observation of a strange world, but doesn't explore the subject.
July 13, 2009
My boyfriend is weird, so he makes me watch all these documentaries with him...which I tend to enjoy for the most part.
Word Wars is about a group of guys who participate in a Scrabble competition. They are obsessed with winning and the documentary follows them as they play. They are crazy guys, but it's still interesting to watch.
November 7, 2007
A sad yet interesting look into the world of Scrabble and the people who try to make a living winning small cash prizes.
March 26, 2007
This was pretty cool. It was presented in a more interesting way than the spelling video with cool little visual effects and stuff. The guy from Baltimore was amusing with his hatred of the English language and all yet he competes in Scrabble tournaments (he was in it for the money). And his "friendship" with the other guy was funny since they really didn't like each other and they each talked separately about how they didn't understand why they were friends.
September 21, 2008
If you're a fan of scrabble, you will like this doc. The subjects are obsessed with the popular board game.
September 29, 2007
Surprisngly interesting and unexpected look into the world of competitive scrabble.
July 1, 2012
Who knew that somebody could make such an entertaining and energetic film about Scrabble! "Word Wars" tracks four Scrabble experts on their quest to compete in the 2002 National Scrabble Championship. It is interesting to see the type of person that becomes a competitive Scrabble player - and it probably is not what you are expecting! This film goes beyond the board to throw you into the world of people that are so dedicated to their craft that they sacrifice their career aspirations in order to memorize words for hours a day. This documentary is very interesting and I recommend it, but it is a shame that they couldn't have censored some of the language out of this otherwise clean film. One character in particular, Marlon Hill, is constantly dropping the f-bomb and after about 10 swear words (in the first 2 minutes that he was on screen), I realized that the directors have really limited their audience. The quirky characters are what make this film fun to watch but Marlon tends to be a little much. Regardless, this is a fascinating look into the world of competitive Scrabble and if there is a censored version out there, this is definitely worth checking out. One final warning: "Watching this film will not enhance your ability to play Words With Friends or to find anagrams in words."
February 3, 2011
If you like scrabble, anagrams, words, or just documentaries on games taken to extreme levels, you'll enjoy this movie. It's about three ambitious young men who went for for the 2001 National Scrabble competition in San Diego. The big problem is that the three time defending champ stands in their way. I found it an eye-opening (and funny) look at one of America's favorite pastimes. You'll learn something, I promise!
March 30, 2010
An in depth look at the top level of competitive Scrabble players. This documentary follows several participants as they prepare and compete in the world's top Scrabble competition. The crew also peers in on the world of outdoor, park players much like the old men playing chess. I was very entertained by this film.
September 26, 2007
An interesting documentary about a group of professional Scrabble players. Yeah, you heard me. All of these people seem to suffer from either Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or some flavor of Aspberger's Syndrome, but holey moley, do they know how to play this game.
August 4, 2007
Word Wars: if you need to burn some Netflix hours. G.I. Joel?? This movie could have been edited a bit better. Felt as though I was watching a film strip.
December 16, 2006
omg. these ppl need LIVES!!!!! are you serious?? this movie makes me feel so inferior, these losers ROCK at scrabble!!! i didnt even know some of the words they pulled out even EXISTED!
October 21, 2006
Julian Petrillo is an amazing man with a keen artistic vision. The 'characters' in this film are highly entertaining and he certainly was lucky with the footage he got from them. Purely brilliant!