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Loser (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 21 July 2000 (USA)
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A college student, branded a loser by his roommates and booted from the dorm, falls in love with a coed who has eyes for their condescending professor.

Director:

Amy Heckerling

Writer:

Amy Heckerling
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Biggs ... Paul Tannek
Mena Suvari ... Dora Diamond
Zak Orth ... Adam
Thomas Sadoski ... Chris (as Tom Sadoski)
Jimmi Simpson ... Noah
Greg Kinnear ... Prof. Edward Alcott
Dan Aykroyd ... Dad
Twink Caplan ... Gena
Bobby Slayton ... Sal
Robert Miano ... Victor
Mollie Heckerling ... Annie (as Mollee Israel)
Colleen Camp ... Homeless Woman
Andy Dick ... Another City Worker
Steven Wright ... Panty Hose Customer
Brian Backer ... Doctor
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Storyline

Is there room in Manhattan for a decent kid? Can a young woman see past a cad to true love? Paul, from rural upstate, comes to New York City for college. To keep his scholarship, he must study hard and do well. That makes him a loser to his partying roommates who connive to kick him out of their suite. He's assigned a room in an animal hospital. In class he meets Dora, a pretty coed who needs a job to pay for school, and who's the very young lover of their sarcastic and selfish lit professor. When Dora is slipped some drugs at a party, Paul nurses her back to health, and a friendship follows. For Paul, though, it's more than friendly feelings. Can they work things out for them to become a truly lucky couple? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Dare to be different

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, crude sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Loser See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,008,611, 23 July 2000

Gross USA:

$15,618,626

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,404,706
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The music video of the song "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus features the characters of this film, as the song features on the movie's soundtrack. Unlike the movie, the music video is set at a high school and Dora dates a bully jock and not a sleazy college professor. See more »

Goofs

While some have claimed that the fountain in Washington Square Park is only on during the summer (contrary to the fall and winter shots), an NYU student has confirmed that it also runs during the school year. See more »

Quotes

Chris: Man, our T.G. party was a total bust. Every time I got close to hittin' it with one of those new mamas, her evil girlfriend's got to show up and screw everything up.
Adam: What we need is a higher female-to-male ratio, like in cool nightclubs, you know, where they let in five times as many women as men.
Noah: How are we gonna get five times as many women to show up?
Adam: We have a party but we call it a fundraiser.
Chris: So we gotta think of a charity.
Adam: It's gotta be the right charity. It's got to attract hotties.
Chris: ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Hi8 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Man Of The World
Written by Peter Green (as Peter Alan Green)
(heard at Paul's, right after the hospital scene before Chris shows up)
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Hits a little close to home
28 July 2000 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

I have always been the outsider as a teenager (why do you think I have hundreds of movies on my comment list), so I can relate to this film. Not because I have gone to a college from a far off land and am not familiar with the area. But because I have always known what It's like to not always get the girl, always to be alone and to have such low self-esteem you make eeyore from Winnie the Pooh look like Richard Simmons. So I can sympathize. But saying did I like the entire movie, no. Because the main heroine (Mena Suvari) knows who is the right one in her life (her choices are the teen Jason Biggs and a married professor Greg Kinnear) and takes too long to find out who the right one is (I am not revealing who that is). While she and Biggs are likeable characters, they also make dumb choices in the dating game. Sort of like Boys and Girls which came out last month. Yet, I can reccomend this film to teen film fans, Everclear fans, or fans of writer/director/co-producer Amy Heckerling's work (she is of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless fame). Just don't go into it looking for a way to find better love. B+


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