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Writer (WGA):
Jordan Hawley (written by)
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Release Date:
10 September 2004 (USA) See more »
Events after an earthquake convince Owen, a writer of hack "as told to" autobiographies, to leave L.A... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Ashley Ummel ... Homicidal Twin
Sarah Ummel ... Homicidal Twin
Jack Jozefson ... Porn Star (as Jack Jozephson)
Mary Audrey Kneipp ... Grandmother

Fred Willard ... Bucky Brandt

Paul Schneider ... Owen McCabe

Jenn Page ... Nature Girl

Marion Kerr ... Perky Girl
Sarah Mahoney ... Nervous Girl

Dorian Missick ... Rob

Poppy Montgomery ... Allison

G.O. Parsons ... Donnie
Kaarina Aufranc ... Eileen

Jim Zulevic ... Jack

Kelly Lynn Warren ... Joan
Jonathan Sweet ... Grant
Tiffany Harrison Sweet ... Nancy

Scott Nankivel ... Blaine

Tori Spelling ... Stephanie
Katie Long ... Susan

Elya Baskin ... Dr. Stepniak

Silvana Vienne ... Shuttle Driver

Jennifer Westfeldt ... Val
Mark G. Iveson ... Max

Sunny Lim ... Airline Gate Attendant

Lynne Marie Stewart ... Roberta

Sam Anderson ... George

Shawn Christian ... Rory Reisman

Kyle Mattocks ... Bartender

Kevin Delaney ... Daniel

Lisa K. Wyatt ... Amanda
Hank Brandt ... Hal

Nils Allen Stewart ... Thug
Jesse Johnson ... Thug

Stephanie Denise Griffin ... Camilla
Roger Kramer ... Professor Jansen
Gary Rae ... Professor Silverman

Karli Blalock ... Young Girl at Party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Citron ... Party Guest
Michelle Wei ... Jenny

Julia Faye West ... Alexis / party guest
Chelle Cerceo ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Ryan Christopher ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Lala Costa ... Graduate student (uncredited)

Stacie Richards Dail ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Will Davis ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Gina DeVettori ... Hot Actress (uncredited)
Alex Douglas ... Owen (body double) (uncredited)

Jennifer Hutchins ... Friend (uncredited)

Sarah Kelly ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Nicole Kingston ... Lucy (uncredited)

Summer LeAnn ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Joshua Paul ... Boyfriend (on Sofa) (uncredited)

Ryan Preimesberger ... Bartender (uncredited)
Wendy Preston ... Supporting (uncredited)

David Reiner ... AA Meeting (uncredited)

Lauren Schuchman ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Fanny Veliz ... Party guest (uncredited)
Sarah Winningham ... Quiet Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Jordan Hawley 
Writing credits
Jordan Hawley (written by)

Produced by
Charles Arthur Berg .... co-producer
Claire Best .... executive producer
J. Todd Harris .... producer
Jordan Hawley .... producer
Craig Davis Roth .... co-producer
Jennifer Schaefer .... line producer: second unit
Timothy Schaffner .... executive producer
Corey C. Witte .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jeff Burns (co-composer)
Stephen Trask 
Cinematography by
Dino Parks 
Film Editing by
James Witker 
Casting by
Lonnie Hamerman 
Production Design by
Shannon Kemp 
Art Direction by
Paul Sheargold 
Set Decoration by
Keleigh Ferguson 
Costume Design by
Shana Weissman-Mintz 
Makeup Department
Sheila Moran .... additional makeup artist
Brandy Dyan Sharp .... makeup artist
Noelle Somers .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Charles Arthur Berg .... unit production manager
Jim Sharon .... production manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tod Ciaciuch .... first assistant director
Jay Gira .... first assistant director
Megan Riakos .... second second assistant director
Alexa Sheehan .... second assistant director (as Alexa Motley)
Art Department
Steven J. Weller .... property master
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Jason Brooks .... boom operator
Stephanie Flack .... supervising dialogue editor
Aleksandr Gruzdev .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hackner .... dialogue editor
Frederick Howard .... supervising sound editor
David Lott .... foley editor
Jason Piatt .... foley mixer
Eric Raber .... digital sound transfer engineer
James Ridgley .... production sound mixer: reshoots (as Jim Ridgley)
Anne Slack .... supervising sound editor: recut/remix
Don Thomas .... sound mixer
Brian Slack .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joshua D. Comen .... visual effects producer: THDX
Nils Allen Stewart .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Sharla Cipicchio .... second assistant camera: pickup unit
Matthew Cryan .... additional grip
Eric Forand .... gaffer
Owen Foye .... best boy electric
Matt Gillen .... second assistant camera
Erik Gonzales .... additional electrician
Shawn Greene .... gaffer
Tom Hejda .... additional cinematographer
Tom Hejda .... first assistant camera
Tom Kirlin .... assistant camera: additional unit
James McCusker .... lighting technician
Grant McFadden .... additional electrician
Noah Peter .... grip
Andrey Prikazchikov .... electrician
Rocky Rodriguez .... key grip
Jack L. Zeman .... still photographer
Casting Department
LaVonne Rae Andrews .... extras casting
Carmen Betancourt .... extras casting
Harrison Freed .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erica Engelhardt .... set costumer
Music Department
Greg Burns .... additional composer: score
Brian Kirk .... additional composer: score
Jason Livesay .... composer: additional music
Rochelle Sharpe .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation coordinator
Shay Morgan Brook .... driver
Other crew
Brad Birkeland .... production assistant
Tom Ecob .... assistant: J. Todd Harris
Jill Ferguson .... script supervisor
Scott Jolgen .... craft service
Celine Manier-Huscher .... location manager
Nicholas Thurkettle .... creative executive
Susan Touchbourne .... production assistant
Brian Truman .... production assistant
Valerie Whitcomb .... payroll accountant
Brad Evans .... stand-in (uncredited)
Meredith Lynsey Schade .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kevin Kasha .... special thanks
Ashlee Powell .... special thanks
William Schifrin .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"How to Lose Your Lover" - USA (DVD title)
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Rated R for sexuality, language and drug use
USA:95 min

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Good Movie if you are in mood of it.., 2 May 2009
Author: ona6 from United States

Owen McCabe (Paul Schneider) is an writer residing in LA. Shaken up by a minor earth-quake, he realizes how unhappy he is with his life: he just writes the lives of other people just to make to look good (or better than what they actually are) and he has not met someone special one all this time. So, he decides to "break-up" with his life and move on. Unfortunately for him, just when he accepts a job in New Jersey, he meets Val (Jennifer Westfeldt) at the airport. The conflict between knowing that Val is out there available and that he really needs to go to Jersey forces him to put this relationship on fast track, facilitating his decision: should he stay or should he go?

Of course, when any romantic movie begins with such a premise, it sounds like one of these awfully made chick-flicks like On the Line (no offense): guy meets the girl but can not forget about her and yet they somehow wind up together a result of some freak coincidences and/or events. Thank god, "how to lose your lover" in nothing like this cliché. Here, writer/director Jordan Hawley comes up two original ideas. The initial concept of "breaking of my life" seemed pretty fresh: Owen quits his job, cancels his cell-phone, sells his car and starts a fight with everybody so he can not come back to LA, no matter what. In other words, he burns his bridges in LA. But I think Hawley hits a home-run with the way Owen puts his relationship with Val on fast track (e.g., meeting the parents on the first date, asking her to have sex almost immediately), together with seeing what such a shallow guy prioritizes in his relationship with Val. Additionally, side-characters like Bucky Brandt (Fred Willard) as the astronaut with drinking problems and Allison (Poppy Montgomery) as the bisexual love- interest of Owen are well-designed and beautifully fit into the story.

How to lose your lover is not Eiffel Tower of romantic comedy genre and it won't be a timeless classic either. However, if you watch this movie just keeping in mind that this is nothing but a little movie and appreciating aforementioned ideas of Hawley, you'll find it good and entertaining. I have known Paul Schneider through his minor roles (like in "the family stone") and this is the first time I saw him under the spotlight. I must say he gives a solid performance as this a**hole Owen. Despite that the end seems a little bit weak and unsatisfying comparing the rest of the movie, How to lose your lover is definitely worth- seeing, especially if you like dark comedy...


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