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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 professor.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 5.1/10 (15,419 voted)

Critic's Score: 35/100

Amy Heckerling

Stars: Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari, Zak Orth

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.


Jason Biggs

Paul Tannek

Mena Suvari

Dora Diamond

Zak Orth


Thomas Sadoski


(as Tom Sadoski)

Jimmi Simpson


Greg Kinnear

Prof. Edward Alcott

Dan Aykroyd


Twink Caplan


Bobby Slayton


Robert Miano


Mollie Israel


(as Mollee Israel)

Colleen Camp

Homeless Woman

Andy Dick

Another City Worker

Steven Wright

Panty Hose Customer

Brian Backer


Dare to be different


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


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

Gross: $18,404,706

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


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.


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.


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.