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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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
How to have a fun night "in" this delightful romcom!, 28 January 2010
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio

Owen (Paul Schneider) is an erstwhile writer who lives in Los Angeles. He loves the city but he is having trouble on two fronts. One, his work is mainly "ghost writing" sensational crimes, like the exploits of a set of homicidal twins. At present, he is working on the biography of a former astronaut (Fred Willard). And, second, Owen is having trouble in the romance department, too. He is still in love with his ex, Eileen, when an earthquake shakes the town, scaring everyone. But, to add insult to injury, Owen's former flame tells him that the quake has led her to conclude that any reconciliation between them is out of the question. Mightily depressed, Owen decides to burn every bridge in LaLa Land and move east. Thus, in short order, he says goodbye to his great pal, Allison (Poppy Montgomery) and her girlfriend (Tori Spelling), gives up his apartment and smokes a reefer right in front of his old AA group. He also sells his car. But, when he arrives at the airport to fly to New Jersey and begin his new life, wouldn't you know, a pretty woman, Val (Jennifer Westfeldt) is there, kissing a man goodbye. Since she is a friend of Eileen's, he strikes up a conversation when they are alone. It is there he learns that she has broken up with her boyfriend (one last kiss for good measure, it seems) and is available. Owen likes what he sees and so does Val. Yet, how can return to the city of Angels when he has just given the town the raspberry? Nevertheless, Owen u-turns and bunks with Allison while his relationship with Val is beginning. Since time is of the essence, Owen puts Val to the "test", trying to see if she will find a problem with his worst habits. What will be ahead for these two? This was such a delightful romantic comedy! It has zest, imagination, and humor in abundance. It also has a very capable cast, with Schneider, Montgomery, Willard, Spelling, Westfeldt, and everyone else doing great work. Quite nice as well are the sets, costumes, and production values. Most importantly, the writing and direction are downright wonderful, far above the norm in tinseltown. If you adore funny tales of love, get this one without delay. It wrote the book on "how to have a fun night in"!

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