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Loser

Paul's obnoxious roomatesDirector Amy Heckerling and first AD Jeff J.J. AuthorsAmanda Detmer at event of LoserPaul & DoraPaul & DoraAdam & Chris with Dora

Plot

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 professor.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 5.1/10 (15,419 voted)

Critic's Score: 35/100

Director:
Amy Heckerling

Stars: Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari, Zak Orth

Storyline
There is a remarkable similarity to 1960's "The Apartment". Where the leading man falls in love with a woman who is in love with a more powerful character, but that character does not love the woman. The leading man rescues the woman and helps her recover, while helping her to believe that her love cares for her.

Cast:

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 Israel

Annie

(as Mollee Israel)


Colleen Camp

Homeless Woman


Andy Dick

Another City Worker


Steven Wright

Panty Hose Customer


Brian Backer

Doctor

Taglines:
Dare to be different



Details

Official Website:
Sony |

Release Date: 21 July 2000

Filming Locations: Bryant Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,008,611
(USA)
(23 July 2000)
(2016 Screens)

Gross: $18,404,706
(Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:


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Finland:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

The character of Dora Diamond is in part inspired by Franz Kafka's girlfriend late in his life, Dora Dymant. Kafka is mentioned in the English class scene in the movie.

Goofs:

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
Dora convinces her obviously over-protective mother that she is spending the night with a friend in the "all-girl's dorm." Later, she basically moves in with her professor-boyfriend for what seems like several nights without even a thought of what to tell her mother.

Quotes:

Dora Diamond:
Do you have a girlfriend?

Paul Tannek:
Ex-girlfriend. She lost weight, so she's dating a lot more now.



User Review

Amusing and honest college movie

Rating: 9/10

Unfairly condemned by the critics, this movie worked for me as a comedy and
as a somewhat dark look at the mores of college life. Our hero may be
branded a loser, but he's definitely a believable three-dimensional
character (with a heart of gold, naturally). The story takes for granted
some unethical and potentially unsettling behaviour, and allows the
characters to rise above it.

Lets you smile throughout, and gives you some insights into contemporary
life on campus without resorting to cliches.