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on 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. The rest of the cast are also very well picked from Paul's three scheming room mates, to the smug and extreamly arrogant college proffessor.
On the DVD itself there are a number of nice extras that make it that little bit more worth buying. Firstly there are a few behind the scenes featurettes which show how the film was made etc. Secondly there is the music video for the soundtrack to this film 'Teenage Dirtbag', which was a big hit in 2000 and this video was the actual video released with the single, with the same characters as in this film. Thirdly there is a trailer which is good, and finally a number of filmographies from some members of the cast, and the director herself.
Overall 'Loser' is a really fun and entertaining film which although slightly follows in the footsteps of most other teen movies, still manages to be great all round and should satisfy most film fans. So if you fancy a laugh and a film with a really pretty girl as one ofthe main characters, then this is for you.
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on 23 July 2002
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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on 23 May 2012
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. it is an amazing film it sounds a little weird i know but i really did grow on paul from this film (jason biggs) it makes you feel good aswell but the thing that makes you feel good is that he feels good when he in some peoples eyes is a loser when your not so you have to feel good. anyway this is definately worth getting i would recomend it to any age group (even under 12) it is not to bad it just has a few slightly rudde scenes (in a strip club) but nothing more then a bikini and nickers. BUY THIS
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on 7 June 2012
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. There are some rather strange moments too, such as an incident where Dora and Paul have to cut an half-born kitten from its membrane to save its life, after its mother gives birth to it on the floor, and a rather strange drug-rape storyline where Paul switches a stash of Rohypnol tablets with placebos. The way that this serious topic is relatively dismissed as a light-hearted jape, despite the connotations of the behaviour is actually quite irresponsible and dated. No actual rape is shown on screen, but it's implied that Paul's friends have been drugging girls and having sex. It seemed like an unnecessary plot point, and actually seemed to work against the film in the sense that no-one takes it seriously.

The film's central relationship between Paul and Dora is actually quite sweet and is the strongest thing in the film, with both Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari showing some chemistry between each other. Other than that, the other performances in the film seemed to be fairly dull and written in, with the normally great Greg Kinnear and Dan Ackroyd putting in half-assed approaches. I guess some films aren't worth the effort!

Overall, this is an unusual film which seems to struggle with the tone it is going for. With its casting, it seems to be courting the American Pie fans, although the content doesn't hold much interest for fans of crude sex comedies. In terms of being a romantic comedy, there are a few mis-steps with the more dramatic moments that make it seem a little off also. I think it's ironic that the Wheatus song, 'Teenage Dirtbag' and its music video featuring Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari in a short film (seemingly based at a high school prom, so not related to this movie) was much more successful than the film it was the soundtrack for. It's a shame that this wasn't a greater success because Biggs is really likeable, especially in his American Pie roles, and he deserved more success outside of that franchise.
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on 19 July 2016
Loved the movie and its as expected from a DVD a plastic case and a disc theirs not much that could be said about the product itself but delivery time was fast within the given deadline. Would recommend.
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on 22 June 2002
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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on 11 May 2001
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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on 12 March 2001
The film that spawned the Wheatus hit - 'Teenage dirtbag'.
But it's more than that! Fresh from 'American Pie' where they had little screen time together, Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari return to comedy - only this time the emphasis is on sweet romance.
Biggs plays a niave young student, who gets a scholarship to a big city university. He is picked on by his lecturers and his room mates, but in all the chaos he meets Suvari - a gorgeous, post-grunge rock chick with a big heart but lots of defences. She is similarly used and abused, but she's a little more wary of the world.
Together they begin to realise that life can be as good as they secretly hope. It's a lovely film, usually I found myself very wary of these films - and find at least one of the two lovers to be weak, sickening or just plain dull. Buth both Suvari and Biggs produce convincing performances and are a joy to behold.
A 21st Century Bogart and Bacall maybe? On screen at least!
Buy it, watch it, love it! You won't be disappointed.
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on 12 August 2003
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 comeuppance in a manner apt to the social crime they have committed (cf. the coda - really quite cruel). Plus a slightly intrusive contemporary soundtrack that does a lot of the narrative work, not that too much is needed and demonstrates quite how weedy most American raawwk actually is. Meanwhile the cast look decorative.
Which is to say - exactly what you want your teencom to do. Make you feel good, that love ain't just an idle dream, that there is hope, that being plain (if not ugly) is ALRIGHT!! and there's still a gal/guy out there for ya! And, wouldn't you know it, s/he's gorgeous!!
Uh-huh. Uh-huh.
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on 8 January 2015
I cannot believe I have watched it! Compare to the American Pie this movie is a 3 out of 10. The 3 stars only because Jason Biggs is so cute.
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