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The Loser [DVD] [2000]

Jason Biggs , Mena Suvari , Amy Heckerling    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari, Zak Orth, Thomas Sadoski, Jimmi Simpson
  • Directors: Amy Heckerling
  • Writers: Amy Heckerling
  • Producers: Twink Caplan, Amy Heckerling, John M. Eckert
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hebrew, Dutch, Bulgarian, Turkish, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Arabic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005CDB8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,557 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Writer-director of Loser, Amy Heckerling, has a way with teen comedies, from Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Clueless. She manages to take the clichés of life in school and spin them into cinematic gold. Part of her secret is that she genuinely seems to respect all of her characters, even the unsavoury ones. In Loser, Paul Tannek (Jason Biggs from American Pie) is a farm-town boy who's gotten himself a scholarship to a fancy Manhattan college. He's worried that he's not going to fit in with the sophisticated city crowd. Well, he's right to worry. He doesn't fit in, as his three dorm-mates are quick to remind him. The only person he can talk to is Dora (Mena Suvari from American Beauty), a cocktail waitress-student who's having an affair with a pretentious lit teacher (Greg Kinnear).

Biggs is great in this film, the perfect straight man, setting up jokes that wouldn't work without his reactions to them. In fact, the whole film is so well-cast--Suvari is charming, Kinnear is entertainingly smug, the three dorm-mates are fun to dislike--that the actors, working in tandem with Heckerling, give a life to characters which, in less talented hands, would have been revealed as over-determined and exaggerated. Pardon the blurb, but it's true: Loser is a winner.--Andy Spletzer,

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'd Be A Loser To Not Give This Film A Try! 31 July 2004
Amy Heckerling, the writer and director of 'Loser' is a real star when it comes to teen movies, with films like 'Clueless' and 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High' as evidence of this. She seems to be able to take any high school stereotype or cliché and turn it into a really fun and entertaining film.
When Paul Tannek gets a scholarship at a college in New York he is soon branded a complete loser on acount of him wearing one of the most stupidest hats in the world, having the nerdiest hair cut ever, and going round with about fifty textbooks under his arm. He is constantly pushed around by his room mates and he is forced to move into an animal hospital where theyt have a spare room along with a job.
However when they find out that he has a whole building all to himself, his former room mates persuade him into throwing ahuge party there with plenty of boose, and of course drugs. Its there that Paul meets a really fit girl called Dora who has had her drink spiked and is lying unconcious in his bathroom. Being a sensible lad, he proceeds to take her to hospital where she is treated, and he then takes her back home with him, where she stays to recouporate for a few days.
During her stay, Paul finds out that she is in fact having a secret affair with one of the college proffessors and realises that his chance of getting with her are very small, although she has other ideas.
Jason Biggs, who starred in the hugely succsessful movie 'American Pie', is excelent in his role as the country nerd who moves to the big city and trys to fit in, while the lovely Mena Suvari is again excelent and charming in her role as the gorgous student who is seeing her proffessor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Isn't this just totally pleasant? 23 July 2002
Format:VHS Tape
You may well have seen clips from this film without realising it -it was used by Wheatus in the video for "Teenage Dirtbag".
Now, normally I'm not a big fan of teen movies, college movies or films with Jason Biggs in them. But this little diamond of a film completely upturned my expectations when I saw it for the first time recently.
It's the story of a decent, if somewhat wet-behind-the-ears first year student from Hicksville USA who, being the first member of his family to go to university (and possibly the first to leave their home town), has no idea what's hit him when he arrives in NYC. He doesn't walk the walk or talk the talk and as a result is scorned by his more sophisticated peers.
However, this isn't a "geek undergoes transformation into cool kid and wins over the popular crowd" type of film. Throughout the film, our hero, played by Biggs, keeps his integrity and remains true to himself, defeating the evil date-rape drug plans of his smart-ass spoilt brat housemates. And of course, he gets the girl, played by Mena Suvari, whose sweetly feisty goth turn is a welcome departure from her usual blonde/bland cheerleading roles.
Both Biggs and Suvari are excellent, the New York setting is familiar and iconic filmic territory, and the supporting cast are accomplished adversaries to be overcome in the quest for True Love. This film has everything - Grand Central Station, shared accomodation trauma, loneliness, hats with earflaps, Rohypnol, pets, egg donation, sleazy lecturers, student parties, romance, disappointment, pizza, hope and triumph in the face of the pressures of student life on the cheap.
A treat for the romantics out there, and a heartwarming surprise for the rest of us. If you don't like this film there's probably no hope for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When it rocks, it rocks like a pig on plutonium 22 Jun 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Excellent movie, emmotionally reminiscent of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine's The Apartment. A real hold yourself and remind yourself that sometimes the world does work. All the actors are first rate and the two leads have a great chemistry. Blah, blah, blah, just watch it, buy it and give it to your granny, even her budgie will love it......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny and unpredictable 11 May 2001
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This is a good basic entertaining comedy about a Couple of losers who fall in love upon a very trikey winding path through american education, its just right if you want a laugh it also has a video of Weatus and some extras overall a good film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great! 8 Oct 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A flash back watching this film to my teens. If you were a teen in the 90's you will probably enjoy it just for nostalgia, but it is a nice story too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars V Good! 1 July 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very funny. Saw at the cinema and had to get a copy on DVD. Would highly recommend as it is a great film.
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It's unfair comparing this film to American Pie (which came out the year prior) but considering the male and female leads were both in that film, it is unfortunately going to draw comparisons with that iconic teen coming-of-age story, which was a huge hit and a generational landmark, leading to a floodgate of raunchy teen sex comedies that still continues to this day. However, Loser is not one of these, although at first glance it would be easy to mistake it for one.

Loser follows out-of-towner Paul (Jason Biggs) as he gets enrolled at a college in New York. Being from a small town, he worries that he won't fit in with the native New Yorkers and their legendary sarcastic wit, and his prediction turns out to be true, with him becoming the titular Loser. He struggles to fit in with the atypical students, who prefer booze and babes to Paul's books, and eventually finds a kindred spirit in cute, indie chick, Dora (Mena Suvari). Unfortunately, Dora has some issues of her own, such as lack of funds to support her through college and a dysfunctional relationship with her boyfriend, who also happens to be their college professor.

There isn't much in the way of laughs or set-pieces with the story focusing on more dramatic storylines such as: feeling an outcast amongst people at college, financial struggles and inappropriate relationships between teachers and students. The film doesn't really poke fun at these situations and there is the occasional humour to be found in some of their interactions but largely, it doesn't really work well as a comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this film.
Published 1 month ago by luckylea
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun entertaining movie
I love this movie. It's fun to watch for the family even if you don't like cheesy films. The product is good also but mine was in German so I had to work it out for a bit. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Edwooger
5.0 out of 5 stars review:
well i bought this because it was cheap and it had oustanding reviews and i have to say i agree with every once of them and some of them do sound a bit weird. Read more
Published on 23 May 2012 by Tom Gilpin
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
Really funny movie. A good cast and some hilarious moments. If you're into American Pie, you'll dig this.
Published on 27 Dec 2007 by Mr L Wakehurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality hokum.
Perfect paint by numbers stuff - predictable plot, lame romance [happy ending, naturally ... ooops, don't want to give the end away] and the bad guys (all of them) get their... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2003 by Clement Wether
5.0 out of 5 stars Loser, who's a Loser?
As teen films go this one go's above and beyond.It is a great film that has been casted perfectley. You can relate to the film and real life, only diffrence being, Paul is lucky... Read more
Published on 26 April 2003 by "jonathanboooooo"
3.0 out of 5 stars Feel good movie
I think personally this movie is slow to start, taking us to meet Paul's (Jason Biggs) family, seemed boring, and unnessary. I think it could have started alot better. Read more
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