MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 676 this week

Roger Dodger (2002)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 13,682 users   Metascore: 75/100
Reviews: 127 user | 90 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

After breaking up with his lover and boss, a smooth-talking man takes his teenaged nephew out on the town in search of sex.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 25 Oct 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 19 Mar 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 11 May 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 43 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Roger Dodger" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Roger Dodger (2002)

Roger Dodger (2002) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Roger Dodger.

User Polls

14 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Set in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST centers on a fresh-faced young couple, Samantha and Jeff, who have only recently moved into town.... See full summary »

Director: Josh Shelov
Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Amelia Talbot, Bonnie Somerville
Documentary | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A documentary that follows top bodybuilders as they train to compete in the Mr. Olympia competition.

Director: Vlad Yudin
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Michael Jai White
The Patrol (2013)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Written and directed by former soldier, Tom Petch, 'The Patrol' provides the antidote to the war action film. A psychological drama, the film explores the relationships between a group of British soldiers as they grow disillusioned with the Afghan war.

Director: Tom Petch
Stars: Owain Arthur, Nicholas Beveney, Daniel Fraser
Ragamuffin (2014)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree ... See full summary »

Director: David Schultz
Stars: David Schultz, Michael Koch, Wolfgang Bodison
Night Moves (2013)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard
Casino Jack (2010)
Biography | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder.

Director: George Hickenlooper
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Jon Lovitz
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Lisanne Falk
The Bleeding (2009)
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Surrounded by carnage, slaughter, brutal crashes and total mayhem, Shawn Black is in a race to save the world from pure evil.

Director: Charlie Picerni
Stars: Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones, Armand Assante
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ashens embarks on a quest to find the legendary and elusive piece of electronic tat known as the GameChild.

Director: Riyad Barmania
Stars: Stuart Ashen, Warwick Davis, Robert Llewellyn
Love Streams (1984)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two closely bound, emotionally wounded siblings reunite after years apart.

Director: John Cassavetes
Stars: Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Diahnne Abbott
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

When Kyle returns from his stag-do with a sexually transmitted disease, he's left unable to have sex with his fiancée Lydia in the run-up to their wedding.

Director: Ben Cookson
Stars: Philip McGinley, Mark Stobbart, Emily Atack
House on the Hill II (2012)
Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Based on a true story, HOUSE ON THE HILL is a true crime melodrama with strong horror elements, chronicling the outrageous 1980s murder spree of serial killer Leonard Lake, who would target... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Frentzen
Stars: Naidra Dawn Thomson, Shannon Leade, Stephen A.F. Day
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Nick
...
Joyce
...
Andrea
...
...
Donna
...
Donovan
...
Chris
...
Girl in Bar
Lisa Emery ...
Woman in Bar
...
Young Working Girl
...
Angela - High School Beauty
...
Angus
...
Darren
Gabriel Millman ...
Felix
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

sex | virginity | ohio | male ego | copywriter | See more »

Taglines:

Sex is everywhere. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

6 March 2003 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Cosa de hombres  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$47,431 (USA) (25 October 2002)

Gross:

$1,260,761 (USA) (17 January 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jesse Eisenberg was sick during the filming of most of the nightclub scene, and can be seen sweating in different parts of the scene from his illness. See more »

Quotes

Roger: I could tell you that what you think of as your personality is nothing but a collection of Vanity Fair articles. I could tell you your choice of sexual partners this evening was decided months ago by some account executive at Young & Rubicam. I could tell you that given a week to study your father and the ways in which he ignores you I could come up with a schtick you'd be helpless to resist. Helpless.
See more »

Crazy Credits

All fur in this film is fake. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Bet (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Virtual Tour
Composed by Tom Kane & Colin Baldry
Courtesy of FirstCom Music, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Artful Roger
9 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Roger Swanson is a coldhearted, fast-talking yuppie businessman who has cynically reduced the man-woman equation to its Darwinian essentials. To Roger, women are objects to be conquered not people to be respected, and he has learned to employ his good looks, charm and over-analytical mind in the service of getting laid. When Nick, his naïve, inexperienced 16-year old nephew comes to town, Roger decides to train the boy in the fine art of manipulation and seduction, taking him out for a night on the town that the youngster will not soon forget.

As conceived by first time writer/director Dylan Kidd, `Roger Dodger' is less a full-fledged narrative and more a series of extended conversations. And I, for one, couldn't be happier, for the dialogue Kidd has come up with is sharp, observant, insightful and witty, as Roger opens up and reveals his unique perspective on the dating scene. He uses his mouth like a machine gun, shooting rounds of rapid-fire, staccato comments, indifferent to who's left standing when he's done. He really has no qualms about `corrupting' his underage nephew, never seeing or caring about the corrosive effect he may be having on him. In the process, we learn quite a bit about Roger as a person, most especially the aloofness he feels from others and his inability to make any kind of emotional connection that really works. Long estranged from his father and sister, Roger is also facing a breakup with the older woman he's recently come to fancy (his boss in fact). Roger is a humorous figure but also an immensely sad one, for he really does seem - for all his bravado and bluster to the contrary - to be a lonely, unhappy guy. We are simultaneously drawn to him by his confidence and charisma and repelled by his smarminess and coldness, just like the characters in the film. As Roger, Campbell Scott does a superb job bringing out both of those seemingly contradictory qualities. A non-stop talker, Roger knows how to draw all the attention in the room to himself; he is (at the risk of mixing my metaphors here) like a chattering vortex up there on the screen and we can't help but be sucked in by his personality and presence. No wonder Scott won the 2002 award for Best Actor from the National Board of Review. In fact, I haven't seen a performance this smooth, alive and energetic in a very long time. Equally impressive is young Jesse Eisenberg whose wide-eyed innocence and youthful decency provide an effective counterpoint to the brash but empty Roger. Isabella Rossellini, Elizabeth Berkley and Jennifer Beals also turn in outstanding performances as the various ladies who play a part in the two men's adventure.

In his debut film, Kidd shows himself to be in full control of his medium. He employs a jittery, handheld camera in almost every scene, a technique that may bother some people but which heightens the sense of realism so essential to the nature of the story. In this way, the audience is made to feel almost like an eavesdropper on the various conversations. Kidd should also be commended - in this day of maximum special effects and minimal verbiage - for allowing his characters to speak at great length on any number of topics. Many another filmmaker would have felt intimidated by such a heavy reliance on dialogue. Kidd, obviously, feels intoxicated by the beauty of language and his intoxication becomes ours.

Roger is a fascinating case study mainly because we feel so ambivalent in our attitude towards him. Just as we are about to consign him to the category of heartless, cold-blooded b***ard, he wins us over by showing us that barest glimmer of humanity that peeks out every so often from beneath his well-oiled exterior.

`Roger Dodger' is not only an intriguing, amusing and poignant tale of realtionships and sex in the modern world, but a confident first film that augurs well for its gifted young maker.




55 of 62 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Similar Psychologically/Phi losophically Witty Films funky_monkey_8_
The plot is in the opening scene ognywogny
Did Any Women Like This Movie? Sperry_Twiggins
why does she drop the straw on the floor? orkho
so what? what is new? KayaPocahontas
Nick's Last Words nickomahoney
Discuss Roger Dodger (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?