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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.
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.
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
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?
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.