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.