Dudes & Dragons

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4.71 h 53 min2015X-Ray13+
When a powerful wizard (James Marsters) vows to rid the land of love through the use of his fire-breathing dragon, a brave team of eccentric warriors embark on a grand quest to break the curse, defeat the wizard, and slay his terrible beast.
Directors
Maclain NelsonStephen Shimek
Starring
James MarstersKaitlin DoubledayLuke Perry
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ComedyAdventureAction
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English [CC]Español [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Adam Johnson
Producers
Maclain NelsonKristi ShimekStephen ShimekJake Sorensen
Studio
Samuel Goldwyn Films
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4.2 out of 5 stars

436 global ratings

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free_laborReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Green screen goofiness with some fun parts, also people of color don't exist, but dragons do
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Okay, so I definitely had to be in the right mood to put up with this movie. It was obviously shot cheaply, and the whole thing is green screen. It has some fun Scream-type meta humor (Luke Perry's death is pretty funny, lots of scenes that make fun of sword & sorcery movies, an homage to Star Wars), a decent moment or two, and managed to almost redeem the younger brother when I thought it wouldn't be able to. Marsten wasn't very good, which was a bummer (old Buffy fan here), and the heroine is pretty bad, but--in their defense--the script wasn't giving them a lot to work with. The main hero is charming, and I kind of liked the orc.

So, it's mostly fun. It's slows down a bit in the middle--I almost quit on it--but it picks up a bit by the end and has a more-or-less satisfying conclusion.

All the same old genre problems though: everybody is heteronormative and only white people exist in worlds that have dragons. So dragons exist but people of color do not. Miscegenation is allowed between humans and elves, but only white people exist in mythical sword & sorcery worlds. So that sucks. Also, there's a kind of funny scene where they make the orc crossdress--it's not overtly homophobic, but the movie is clear that homoeroticism is to be laughed at and only a source of humor, and it makes sure to dutifully marry off every single character at the end, including setting up an adventure for the orc to meet his heteronormative love interest. Everyone must get married!

So I kind of like that they funded this with kickstarter; I think that's great. But maybe the problem with that also is then they are also not answerable to anybody else, so they can cast the whole thing the white way and ignore the rest of their potential audience. I don't think a studio would risk alienating whole segments of the US population the way this film did. Too bad; I otherwise might have been able to recommend it to my friends.
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Michael KitchensReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good story, likeable characters with decent acting...WAY TOO MUCH BLOOM.
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To be completely honest...there was way TOO MUCH bloom in this film. I think the entire thing would be a heckuva lot better without the severe graphic overall most of the scenes got. And the castle scene at the end was really a bad idea because the CGI was noticeably worse...like way worse than the rest of the movie. It kinda made the ending feel cheap and like Mario's Castle on the N64'ish. I will say that the actual props, swords, costumes and locations that were real were really well done as was the magic effects. The dragon, meh...not so much. Some really fun stuff though with the Goblins and the Morphlings.

Obviously, this was all shot on a green screen, but man, I couldn't help but enjoy the story and the cast interactions. The story is actually good...the actor's are all pretty much competent with Camilan being the worst I suppose. The Orc actor was really funny and great. Take it for what it was...a budget fantasy film. I actually liked it. James Marsters was fantastic, he really was chewing it up as the villain but I gotta tell you, I want to see Adam Johnson in an a-budget film. This guy has chops, is likeable, and deserves to be seen on the big screen. All-in-all, a fun film once you get used to the over-the-top visual effects doctoring. I'm kinda worried that it might make most people turn it off within the first 10 minutes, but it does get better so stick with it.
14 people found this helpful
Reed K.Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderful, intentionally B-rated action adventure
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This isn't a spoof, or a parody... this is a complete movie chock full of action and silliness. While there are certainly nods to other films, this is not a string of takes on scenes from other movies like Scary Movie or films of that kind. No, here the nods are well placed and sometimes actually quite epic. There is a bit of dialogue during one of the nods which is absolute genius... I can't spoil it for you. But to give you an idea of the humor, early in the movie a bystander witnesses the heroic strength and bravery of a knight and says "wow, you really are as good as they say" to which the hero replies "yes, my reputation precedes me". If you get that, then you should enjoy this movie's humor. On the stupid-funny scale of silliness, this is somewhere above Naked Gun but well below Quest for the Holy Grail.

The story line is inventive and the characters are interesting and well portrayed. There's generally good dialog throughout and the lack of subtitles and subsequent translation for the Orcish gibberish is well presented. The actors all do a fine job and there's no one who leaves a scene feeling like it could have been delivered better.

Now, the special effects. A lot of reviews criticize the effects harshly. In contrast, I would say that they did an excellent job and obviously went through a lot of trouble to make the effects look "bad". In some of the scenes with the dragon, it looks like it would have been easier to create a realistic, believable scene than it was to create something that reminded you that it was fake. The result is a very "80's" movie feel to the effects which can only be intentional, and is extremely well executed.

All in all this is a fun movie that any fan of B-rated fantasy and action-comedy should be able to enjoy.
51 people found this helpful
Avid readerReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sacrificed virgins need love too.....
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Is this movie absurdly funny, or funny absurd, or is there a difference? Before the main credits run, one already knows this will be a hokey movie. One can gain an affection for this movie, as it is clear the actors seemed to have a lot of fun making it, with no pretense of being high and noble. There are perhaps two movies that come in for a spoofing. One of course related to the trilogy that has Orcs in it, and the other with the hologram that comes forward making her plea for help. The special effects are for the most part terrible, and scenes of the inventive carriage don’t seem to fit in with the background in many shots, along with the change in color hue. Dude in the title aptly fits. It may harken to sword and sandal movies, and as said sorcery is not an art of logic. It actually is a terrible movie, but it is such a lot of fun to watch. Too often terrible movies are terrible to watch.
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RannonReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shoe-string budget, but fun
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Let's get the actual factual objective bad out of the way; there are almost no extras in this movie at all so it feels empty in several scenes, the sets are ALL green screen practically, and the CGI basically sucks throughout (though the last big fight scene was done pretty well overall).

So that's out of the way. Some reviewers have stated it's really bad that everyone in the movie is white, and everyone in the movie is more or less straight. If you don't count the Orc, this is 100% true. It's also a bit racist and heterophobic to even mention in the first place, but I am mentioning it because if that bothers you, this film might not be something you want to watch. With a cast of about a dozen people, they decided not to fill the ranks with people you would normally see in an "Amazon Original." So be warned (or encouraged) depending on your preferences.

If that doesn't bother you, then be prepared for a bit of comedy, but nothing on the level of the toilet-humor from say, Adam Sandler or complete nonsense humor like Will Farrel. The "nipple twister" part of the trailer makes this out to be a lot edgier than it is. The jokes are slap stick or awkward, but nothing over the top.

Mostly it's a well-grounded fantasy movie with almost no abject messaging. The lead character is played by a guy who, while not perfect, has a lot of charisma and is entertaining to watch (very well done casting overall). Just people trying to do the right thing and save the day, while dealing with their own inner demons and faults(but not being bogged down by them), and eventually coming to a satisfying ending (and setup for a potential sequel, though if it never gets made, the story won't suffer for it).

I enjoyed the heck out of this. Good guys win, bad guys pay, and people kiss each other at the end (in a non-weird way).

It was very low-budget, but they did a lot with very little. It's more than I can say for pretty much every "original" show from this site in the last 2 years. Dunno if I'd pay for this, but having it on Prime was a nice break from the rest of the stuff on here. But in all honesty, I owe a huge thank-you to the reviewer who mentioned this would "anger a big portion of the population." Your dismissal of the film based on demographics and "phobias" was a glowing recommendation for me, and watching this ended up being worth it.
AllstarReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is may be the Galaxy Quest of the Fantasy genre. Monty Python & Holy Grail for the 21st Century
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I didn't expect much, just bored, so I gave it a shot. It had Luke Perry, so I thought it might be OK. It turned out to be a gem, and I'm going to text all my friends tomorrow - we all grew up in the 80's and we remember the Dungeons and Dragons craze. It's all green screen, and not big budget, but like all good movies, it's the script that makes this one great. The one-liners made me cry from laughing so hard. It's probably not for some people's sense of humor, but if you liked Galaxy Quest or Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you'll really enjoy this one....it's kind of up that silliness alley. I had such a good time, I'm going to watch it again after I go change my underwear, because yes, I laughed so hard I peed a little. This is the perfect movie to watch with a bunch of friends and some beers.
Lexia VelezReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
A Kickstarter movie worth the time
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Yes, it is a greenscreen mess, and yes you will hate Blondie, yes the elf was more useful than the blonde guy.

Overall, this movie is a good fun movie, you will not laugh to death, you will laugh at times, some jokes been done over and over in other movies, just fun to see this kind of movie especially if you play DnD

Really, I would like to see a movie with the bearded guy, orc, Samson, and the two girls, leaving blondie at home. I can see a good adventure or a mini-series.

If you want to have some fun and see beast change sizes without them really doing so, this is a good movie for you. Mostly if you want to waste 2 hours without feeling like two hours, watch it, you won't scream for more, you will just be ok you saw such a fun movie.
C. StalmerReviewed in the United States on July 1, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
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There are more reviews that can describe better the merits of this movie. If you are looking for great action stunts and realistic CGI well it dont have it. But fun sillyness and jokes it has that. Even though it looks to be made on a cheap budget it still tried to do things right with props and costumes and setting all be it seems pretty much everything is low end green screen. I have sat though high end big budget movies i liked less than this. accept it for what it is as entertainment. I gave it four stars.
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