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Loser (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  21 July 2000 (USA)
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A college student, branded a loser by his roommates and booted from the dorm, falls in love with a coed who has eyes for their condescending professor.



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Is there room in Manhattan for a decent kid? Can a young woman see past a cad to true love? Paul, from rural upstate, comes to New York City for college. To keep his scholarship, he must study hard and do well. That makes him a loser to his partying roommates who connive to kick him out of their suite. He's assigned a room in an animal hospital. In class he meets Dora, a pretty coed who needs a job to pay for school, and who's the very young lover of their sarcastic and selfish lit professor. When Dora is slipped some drugs at a party, Paul nurses her back to health, and a friendship follows. For Paul, though, it's more than friendly feelings. Can they work things out for them to become a truly lucky couple? Written by <>

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Dare to be different


Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for drug content, crude sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Loser  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,008,611 (USA) (21 July 2000)


ESP 1,737,650 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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When Dora leaves the convenience store with one of Paul's old roommates heading to the party at the vet hospital, they pass a group of people dressed up like the characters from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". See more »


The subways used in this movie are clearly not New York City subways. The subways in New York do not have padded seats or rounded windows. See more »


Dora Diamond: It isn't ennobling, being poor. It just makes you mean.
Paul Tannek: Yeah, that's why all the really nice people are rich.
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References Footloose (1984) See more »


Scarborough Fair/Canticle
Written by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel
Performed by Simon & Garfunkel (as Simon and Garfunkel)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A poor treatment for the "Loser"
4 July 2010 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Jason Biggs stars as the "Loser" a freshman trying to fit in at New York University. It has the usual likable loser who gets stuck around jerks and tries to win over a girl. It's been done many times before and it's been done better.

Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, this is her first film since "Clueless" (1995). It only has a few funny lines and relies on popular music to make it entertaining. It has very little of the ascorbic wit Heckerling has shown in her other films. The best character was Greg Kinnear as the unscrupulous college professor with great banter. Biggs is his usual likable awkward self. Mena Suvari plays 'the girl' and as usual for Suvari she comes across as annoying and not nearly as smart as her character is supposed to be.

If you are looking for the next "Clueless" check out "I Could Never Be Your Woman" (2007) it better matches Heckerling's potential. Or for a better version of this "Loser" genre, watch "She's Out of My League" (2010) or "Sydney White" (2007).

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