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At Theaters: 7/21/2000 On Video: 12/19/2000
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 199913
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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When nerdy, good-natured Paul Tannek meets fellow student Dora Diamond, he discovers a kindred spirit. Dora is practically broke, has nowhere to live, and her boyfriend, Professor Edward Alcott, is more interested in manipulating her than loving her. The more people push them around, the closer Paul and Dora get.
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Romantic Comedy - Loser is a youth-oriented romantic comedy. It will likely appeal most to younger viewers, or those sympathetic with stories about unpopular characters finding happiness. The performers are likeable, including American Pie actors Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari. The story is extremely thin, however, and the film is exceedingly short on solid laughs for a comedy. Many viewers could be bored by the combination of familiar, predictable plotting and static, unrealistic characters.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jason Biggs BOYS AND GIRLS
Mena Suvari AMERICAN BEAUTY, AMERICAN PIE
Greg Kinnear WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?, AS GOOD AS IT GETS
Thomas Sadoski Off Broadway - GEMINI, THIS IS OUR YOUTH
Dir/Prod/Wri: Amy Heckerling A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY
Producer: Twink Caplan CLUELESS
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Fairly infrequent, one use of "F-word"
SEX/NUDITY: No nudity or explicit sexuality; suggestive content
VIOLENCE: One fistfight
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Scenes of teenage drinking, drug use
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Some character-based comedy
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Below Average
Writer/director Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless) seems to understand instinctively how to find performers the audience will like in spite of their flaws. Unfortunately, she may also be relying too much on that understanding. Giving appealing actors an appealing script creates likeable movies. Giving appealing actors a script in which their appeal is the movie makes for unexpectedly awful films like Loser. Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari are likable performers, but there's nothing to the movie but scenes that try to hard to make us like their characters. Instead of taking any time to make the characters' situations funny, Heckerling spends 98 minutes making her characters' situations pathetic. Loser may be a crashing bore, but gee, aren't those two kids swell?
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Based on an Exit Polling of 110 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
16
Fairly Low
80%
13-19Teens (F)
51
Fairly High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
16
Low
44%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
14
Fairly Low
79%
30+Adults (M)
5
Low
40%
30+Adults (F)
8
Fairly High
88%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Nerdy, good-natured Paul Tannek (American Pie's Jason Biggs) is a square peg in the round hole that is New York University-his pot-smoking, girl- chasing roommates hate him, and everyone else on campus ignores him. But when he meets fellow student Dora Diamond (Mena Suvari, American Beauty), he discovers a kindred spirit. Dora is practically broke, has nowhere to live, and her boyfriend, Professor Edward Alcott (Oscar® nominee Greg Kinnear), is more interested in manipulating her than loving her.

The more people push them around, the closer Paul and Dora get-she helps him dress better and appreciate New York, he lets her stay with him while she finds a job. In the end, Paul and Dora not only fall for each other, they find the courage to walk away from the people who walk all over them-proof that even losers get lucky sometimes.

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