Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.
Set against the bright lights of Manhattan, a tale which takes a comic, urbane look at the modern male ego at war in the singles scene trenches. Roger Swanson is a hopelessly cynical advertising copywriter with a razor-sharp wit who believes he has mastered the art of manipulating women. But Roger's seemingly foolproof world of smooth talk and casual sex begins to unravel when he is paid a surprise visit by his teenager nephew, Nick. Hoping to settle, once and for all, the issue of his virginity, Nick begs Roger to school him in the art of seducing women. Welcoming the challenge, Roger guides Nick through the city's wild nightlife for an all-night crash course, only to realize that he--the adult--still has something to learn about what women, and men, really want. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
Roger dodger is a script driven masterpiece that examines theories of manhood while presenting you with the journey of a adult into adulthood (Roger). This transforms the formulaic "player" movie into a critique on the psyche of men with the an abrasive honesty that only a perfect script can. The cast portray's each character with a humanity that breaths life to the script. The attention to detail coupled with the depth of story makes this movie amazing to watch and better when re-watched. It is a testament to the possibilities of independent film.
The player movie has been done to death. Usually there is one guy with all the answers who can diagnose women and has the looks and ability to get them. Rarely are the motivations of these characters or the depths of the personalities ever examined in an real extent in a movie. Usually there flaws are the some of childhood tragedy/ needing to find the right person to settle down. In Roger Dodger the flaws of Roger and his "gifts" are presented to you unfiltered. You build an understanding of who he is by following how he interacts with people. Its through his flaws you realize that for all of his talent it takes a child to teach him about maturity.
This happens in a way that is so strong that people who've watched and like the movie can debate about the motivations of Roger. The remaining cast does an amazing job of presenting dynamic characters who shape Rogers experience while establishing a strong characters themselves.
I don't want to shape your movies experience so i suggest you watch the movie and study how they shape and present the characters. The couldn't have made this movie better.
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