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  • Actors: Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabella Rossellini, Elizabeth Berkley, Jennifer Beals
  • Directors: Dylan Kidd
  • Producers: Dylan Kidd, Anne Chaisson, George Van Buskirk
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006C0XG5S

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Comedy set in Manhattan starring Campbell Scott as the eponymous Roger, a smooth-talking, cynical advertising copywriter who prides himself on his ability to talk his way into women's hearts and beds. Roger's smugness gets a dent when he discovers that his boss, Joyce (Isabella Rossellini) wants to end their clandestine affair, and things get worse when his teenage nephew Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) turns up at his office unexpectedly; Nick, having heard from his family about Roger's reputation as a ladies' man, has come to seek his advice about how to lose the burden of his virginity. The two go on a wild night out through the nightlife of Manhattan, but as the evening progresses, it becomes clear that Roger is the one who still has a lot to learn.

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Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) stars in this sophisticated comedy as Nick, a virgin desperate for a piece of action in New York’s sexy singles scene. He receives a crash course in seduction from his uncle Roger (Campbell Scott – Singles), a cynical advertising copywriter who sees himself as a modern day Casanova. Spotting a couple of beautiful women in a bar, Nick becomes another weapon in Roger’s dating arsenal as he is taken out on a wild night on the prowl. 

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By blank on 21 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD
Insightful, harsh, honest, authentic and consistently engaging on a personal level, "Roger Dodger" is the best American Independent film of 2002. It begins with a monologue from a phenomenally good Campbell Scott who invests his character of Roger with a bitter twist and intelligent misogyny. He is a chain smoking, hard drinking, fast talking ladies man who lacks sensitivity and focuses on deconstructing other people as a hobby. At the start he talks of the male species inevitable extinction as if it were set in stone, immediately alerting us to the fact that he has much unresolved issues and indifference towards the female gender. This story is about his reconciliation with his monstrous male side, and the young, naïve Jesse Eisenberg's awakening of maturity and understanding.

If you have not seen this film, do not even pause to consider buying it. The conversational interludes are so expertly written and performed with such needle point accuracy the film takes on its own life. This is as real a character piece you are ever likely to come by. The characters are all recognisable, as are the situations, and the magnificent mini-cast are all exemplary. Scott of course owns the film having the best lines and the most delicious delivery, yet a brilliant Eisenberg provides the innocent naivety that balances Roger's presumptuous nature creating an informative and compelling double-act. Their playing off of each other injects energy into every scene - you want to follow their short lived journey all the way to the finish line. Former Showgirl Elizabeth Berkley redeems herself by immediately bringing a sense of backstory to her attractive, intelligent young woman out for a night of fun, while Jennifer Beals nails the role of her accompanying friend with a personal and familiar quality.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By m.bison on 31 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
Sadly, this isn't the biggest and most well known film out there. If you've somehow come across it now, be glad that you did. It is a brilliant character-driven film with crisp, flowing dialogue that's so good you laugh and shake your head when you hear it. The verbal sparring between the characters is of a similar quality to something like `The West Wing'. Except in this film, there is no discussion about important global issues ... all the talk here is about sex and picking up a member of the opposite sex in a bar.

Campbell Scott (Roger) has a great time with a great script. He gives some wonderful speeches about what goes on in the battleground of every pub and club during a Friday and Saturday night. Until now, all those home truths about the eternal struggle of going on the "pull" had never really been articulated.

As Roger tells Nick - his 16-year-old Nephew - how to meet women like a player on a Friday night in New York, everything is laid bare. All the things you are meant to know, but no one ever told you. They are explained clearly and, in a way, the film even becomes a self-help, instruction video for single people who struggle to approach strangers.

To "reduce" the film down to this, however, would be wrong. As Nick comes to realise, Roger is a tragic, bitter character - a one-dimensional person who, despite his silver tongue and his many, many years of experience, doesn't do half as well as his underage, sensitive nephew on his first night on the town. Moreover, Roger may or may not have strong (unreciprocated) feelings for his female boss, but he can never admit them because he has to wear the guise of a live fast, too-many-lovers-to-remember kinda guy.

The only slight criticism of the film would be the camerawork.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cactus on 30 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD
Roger Dodger is a film set in uptown Manhattan, about a guy who basically spends his evenings talking women into sleeping with him. After writing one sentence I already know I should hate the idea, setting and main character in this film. I won't be able to relate to anything in it and this guy is simply going to annoy the hell out of me. It's also going to be another one of those vacuous, American, made for TV films. Like fast food, cheap, nasty and ultimately unfulfilling.

Now I've said all that I have to say that despite my misgivings, this film engaged me from the moment it began. From the very first scene I started to dislike the aforementioned guy, yet secretly wish I could be more like him too. This is a genuinely different film offering an uncomfortably frank and open look into the mind of the central character, Roger Swanson (wonderfully portrayed by Campbell Scott), who takes his young nephew out one night for a few lessons in the art of seduction. Now I really, really, really wanted to hate Swanson; his confident, articulate, womanising, successful lifestyle made me feel quite inadequate (probably because he's everything I'm not!) His relationships and treatment of those around him were quite maddening too, as he regarded them all as little more than props to further his activities (so they either got used or ignored), yet he got away with it. (Isn't that so annoying, when everyone except the person being taken advantage of can see it?) Unfortunately, despite my wishing to dislike him so much, I strangely found myself on this very alpha male's side when things started to go wrong for him.
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