Word Wars

After a failed attempt at watching The Price of Milk, a bizarre New Zealand  romantic comedy starring Karl Urban (aka Eomer from The Two Towers), I moved on to something totally opposite on the spectrum.

I came across Word Wars on Netflix’s instant watch this past summer and finally got around to watching it last night. Take an in-depth look into the world of competitive Scrabble with this 2004 documentary as it follows four hardcore Scrabblers on their way to a national tournament with a grand prize of $25,000.  I especially liked the story of Marlon, a “happily poor,” tough guy from Baltimore, with a fiery temper when it comes down to unscrambling those little brown tiles.

Most of these guys lived for Scrabble and only Scrabble, but what they could all do with seven letters made my head spin. Little did I know such a world existed and honestly, I found myself uttering a bit of awkward laughter at the events unfolding. See for yourself.

— Haley Rheinhart —

haley.dustbowl@gmail.com

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