Film recomendations are SERIOUS BUSINESS
December 23, 2010 2:31 PM   Subscribe

I'd like some good recommendations for films that revolve around something being serious business. The more obscure that something is, and the more the move generates unexpected dramatic interest in it the better.
posted by Artw to Media & Arts (28 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
The King of Kong?
posted by The ____ of Justice at 2:34 PM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

posted by fatllama at 2:35 PM on December 23, 2010

Oh, yeah, Word wars.
posted by fatllama at 2:35 PM on December 23, 2010

This is practically its own subgenre of documentaries by now. For example:

Ready, Set, Bag! (grocery bagging)
Spellbound (spelling bee)
Frankie 13 vs. the World (rock paper scissors; this also got a mockumentary treatment in Roshambo, but after seeing how seriously people take the real thing, the mockumentary kind of lacks punch)
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 2:50 PM on December 23, 2010

Monster Camp (for LARPing)
posted by naju at 3:02 PM on December 23, 2010

Well, in The Last Starfighter the local area kids are certainly excited about a guy who's pretty good at a video game, forming a crowd from all over town to come watch him play IIRC. Maybe video games were still relatively new in 1984 such that you'd find it a community event to gather and watch someone play, but it still seemed a little exaggerated. And of course, his skill is what drives the main drama of the thing.
posted by Rhomboid at 3:07 PM on December 23, 2010

La guerre des tuques, a.k.a. The Dog Who Stopped the War (La guerre, la guerre, c'pas une raison pour se faire mal): building a snow castle.
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 3:12 PM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

Some others I've seen:
Air Guitar Nation
(which is like Monster Camp)
Bigger, Faster, Stronger

Trying to dredge up the names of others turned up this previous thread you might like.
posted by gerryblog at 3:17 PM on December 23, 2010

(Oops, that's Bigger, Stronger, Faster, not my way.)
posted by gerryblog at 3:19 PM on December 23, 2010

Response by poster: Cheers! I'm just as interested, if not more interested, in the dramas centered on some weird subject, so keep those flowing too.
posted by Artw at 3:20 PM on December 23, 2010

Anorak of Fire is about trainspotting and takes it to surreal extremes (I think it was originally a stage play)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:25 PM on December 23, 2010

posted by SomeTrickPony at 3:36 PM on December 23, 2010

Anvil! The Story of Anvil
posted by shinyshiny at 3:51 PM on December 23, 2010

posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:51 PM on December 23, 2010

Drop Dead Gorgeous is a black comedy, done in a faux-documentary style, about a local beauty pageant.
posted by afx237vi at 3:51 PM on December 23, 2010

Tampopo (Noodles)
A Taxing Woman (Japanese Taxation)
American Movie (Amateur Horror Films)
posted by benzenedream at 4:16 PM on December 23, 2010

I second "The King of Kong."

Also "Trekkies" was a fun film.
posted by rougy at 4:38 PM on December 23, 2010

Chris Guest's oeuvre is all about the serious business. Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration.
posted by Zed at 4:39 PM on December 23, 2010 [2 favorites]

The Promotion is an underrated comedy about two men fighting over a grocery store promotion.

Man Push Cart is about the arduous life of a coffee cart person.
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:50 PM on December 23, 2010

All of the plotlines in David Byrne's movie True Stories revolve around the Serious Business of a small [fictional] town's Celebration of Specialness.
posted by amyms at 5:01 PM on December 23, 2010

Joel and Ethan Coen, "Burn After Reading", "Barton Fink"
posted by effluvia at 6:15 PM on December 23, 2010

Also "Trekkies" was a fun film.

True, but needs to be followed up with "Trekkies 2."

Along the same lines, "Ringers" and "Darkon." (LotR and LARPing.)

Along the fictional end, there's "Fanboys" (SW) "Free Enterprise" (Trek) and "King of Kong" (video games (They claim its a documentary. That's in dispute.))
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:29 PM on December 23, 2010

Waiting For frakkin' Guffman
posted by skypieces at 8:08 PM on December 23, 2010

All sports movies treat sports as serious business, so you could look for dramas or documentaries about weird sports. Like roller derby (Whip It). Or sports with unlikely players, like high school kids (Go Tigers!) or paraplegics (Murderball).

Air Guitar Nation was really great.
posted by painquale at 10:10 PM on December 23, 2010

Seconding Spellbound.
posted by SisterHavana at 10:48 PM on December 23, 2010

I may be misunderstanding what you're looking for, but would Flash of Genius qualify? It's a movie about the patent war between the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper and the big auto companies who stole his mechanism.
posted by IndigoRain at 1:07 AM on December 24, 2010

Possibly Galaxy Quest?
posted by kristi at 10:08 PM on December 25, 2010

The Great New Wonderful features a story line about the serious and highly competitive world of wedding cake designers.
posted by Ellemeno at 3:10 AM on December 29, 2010

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