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Loser

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Amy Heckerling
Produced by Twink Caplan
John M. Eckert
Amy Heckerling
Written by Amy Heckerling
Starring Jason Biggs
Mena Suvari
Greg Kinnear
Zak Orth
Jimmi Simpson
Dan Aykroyd
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) 20 July 2000
Running time 98 min.
Language English
Budget $20 000 000

Loser is a 2000 romantic comedy film starring Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari and Greg Kinnear. It is about a small town teenager who is accepted into New York University and must cope with the pressures of college life and the big city.

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Plot

On an academic scholarship, Paul Tannek is a fish out of water kid from the midwest who arrives in New York City. Attending college at NYU, Paul runs into repeated complications and mishaps after mishaps. Worsening things for him are his three dorm roommates: obnoxious party animals who were born with silver spoons in their mouths and a pure lack of respect. When Paul is branded a loser and kicked out by his roommates, he settles in a room at a veterinary clinic where, by accident, he meets and falls in love with Dora Diamond (Mena Suvari), a fellow coed who is dating their unscrupulous literature professor (Greg Kinnear).

Reception

The film opened at #8 at the North American box office making $6,008,611 USD in its opening weekend. The film was met with mixed to negative reviews,[1] with Roger Ebert giving the film two stars out of four.[2] It scored 4.3/10 at Rotten Tomatoes, with a rotten rating of only 25%. However, online film critic James Berardinelli gave the film 3.0/4.0 stars. Stating that film was one of the "pleasant surprises" of the 2000 film season.[3]


The film generated a total of $15.6 million in the US. It failed further when released worldwide, grossing a total of just $2.7 million. The film was therefore unable to break even on its production costs, let alone make a profit. Additionally, because film makers only receive half of the box office gross, the film would have fallen short by at least $10 million.[4]

Cameos

Loser contains several cameos, including David Spade as a video store clerk who advises Paul on which film to rent, and a cameo by stand-up comedian Steven Wright as the "bar dude". At the start of the movie, Dan Aykroyd makes an appearance as Paul's father. Andy Dick also has a small role as the "office clerk". Rock band Everclear also make an appearance when Paul buys tickets to go to their concert in an effort to befriend Dora. Several other smaller cameos include Colleen Camp as a homeless woman who helps Dora at the beginning of the film and Alan Cumming at the Cabaret scene (the male lead). Brian Backer, who played a similar character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, makes an appearance as an emergency room doctor.

References

it also features the song Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus

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