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American Loser (2007)

Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot (original title)
A dramatic comedy about a self-induced attention-deficit disordered, learning disabled, Tourette's syndrome suffering, balance impaired, alcoholic young man from the Upper East Side of ... See full summary »

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A dramatic comedy about a self-induced attention-deficit disordered, learning disabled, Tourette's syndrome suffering, balance impaired, alcoholic young man from the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the gold-digging girl who inspires him to try to get it together.

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He may be a total disaster... but at least he's entertaining.

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Towards the end of the closing credits, there is a clip of the real Jeff Nichols performing stand up comedy. See more »

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References Rain Man (1988) See more »

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Come A Little Closer
Written and performed by Ray Herrmann and Frank Josephs
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Funny and engaging
15 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film at SIFF last night with my g/f and her mother.

I didn't research the film at all, just looked at the description and gave it a go. So when the opening credits said it was a true story, i thought it was a joke. It wasn't.

The movie itself moves along very well and the main character pushes the plot along with his "sharing" sessions in various 12-step meetings. He is ADD, alcoholic (recovering), has tourettes, and badly needs to be "liked". He can't keep a job and depends on his "Mommy" for emotional and financial support. Wholly self-absorbed, he is yet charming and innocent.

There is a love interest in the plot, but it really doesn't come off as one of those forced Hollywood sub-plots added for mass appeal. The male and female leads are impressive, as is the whole cast (many recognizable actors). Not predictable, and as I learned after the film... even the most ridiculous events were indeed factual.

I'd hate to compare this movie to anything, but I can't help but thinking of American Splendor (or Crumb). It's not quite as docu-drama as either of those two films, but the character (in real life and on screen) has very similar eccentricities.

Don't know if it will be released nationwide, but will definitely be in the DVD (ugh) cult film section of your video store one day.


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