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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Dare to be different


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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 »


In the laundry room scene between Paul and Chris, Chris pranks Paul by grilling him about whether he was sleeping with his girlfriend. After fessing up to the prank, Chris says, "I'm just playing with you," but his lips are clearly saying, "I'm just fucking with you" (presumably to retain the PG-13 rating as there is another F-word mention later in the film). See more »


Professor Edward Alcott: I'm sure if she were alive, Betty Friedan would applaud your little epiphany.
Dora Diamond: Oh really? Well, if Kafka was still alive he'd say "Stop misinterpreting my novels, you pretentious bonehead!"
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References When Harry Met Sally... (1989) See more »


Man Of The World
Written by Peter Green (as Peter Alan Green)
(heard at Paul's, right after the hospital scene before Chris shows up)
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Predictable, but still very entertaining
2 August 2000 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

Yes, Loser is a very predictable film. Plotwise, it follows most other romantic comedy type movies. But still, there is enough here to make it stand out somewhat. Granted, being better than most teen romantic comedies isn't much of an accomplishment, but Loser is a good movie, even though I knew what was going to happen.

I thought Jason Biggs played his part as Paul very well. He had the loser-like goofiness that inspired quite a few laughs, but you could also tell how much the character loved Mena Suvari's character, Dora. Greg Kinnear is also very good as Professor Alcott, Dora's love interest at the beginning of the movie. When all is said and done, Paul comes out as a winner, not a Loser, because he realizes that you don't have to fit in with everyone else to be "cool." That's what really sets this movie apart from lots of other recent teen movies. It does have a point. Obviously, it's not extremely deep, and it won't change your life or anything, but it's still good, and it makes the movie very worthwhile.

I think that lots of people didn't like this movie because they were expecting something along the lines of American Pie, given that both Biggs and Suvari were in that. If you're looking for American Pie, you will not like Loser. Although billed as a comedy, there are some times when it's downright serious, especially further into the movie. If you want non-stop gross-out humor, Loser is not for you. If, however, you want to see a good romantic film, that's funny at times, but serious at other, just like real life, then I think you will enjoy Loser. Yes, the basic plot is quite familiar, but there's enough extra stuff to keep it interesting and make it stand out from the crowd of bad teen comedies that have been around lately.

Rating: 8/10

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