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Kristian Harloff’s “Ender’s Game” Is Schmoe-Rific

In response to Kristian Harloff’s 196‑word review of Ender’s Game on Schmoes Know

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Okay, time for a confession. The Brothers Schmoe, from Schmoes Know (a. k. a. Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis), grow on you.

These are guys you’d want to have a beer with.  They’re film geeks who’ve actually been on dates and can properly explain themselves without digressing into fanboy rage.

Yes, their written reviews may not be literary masterpieces that dissect film with great eloquence and profundity. This is probably because they’re only a quick companion, written almost as a CliffsNotes to the Schmoes Know’s real feature: their video review, which works surprisingly well thanks to the witty chemistry between the two.

The charm that’s so lacking from the prose comes out in full force here. Their dialogue never feels contrived and, while it’s obvious they’re trying to be likable, their banter never feels cloying.

Where previous efforts have seen the Schmoes ramble a bit, the pair manage to stay on track here, deftly and concisely hitting on valid criticisms that are right in their audience’s wheelhouse.

They do touch on author Orson Scott Card’s buffoonery, but they treat it more as an FYI postscript, not letting it tinge their critique of Ender’s Game as a film, something many critics have had trouble with.

Head on over to Schmoeville, hit play, and prepare to be entertained.    

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