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He may be a total disaster... but at least he's entertaining.
A dramatic comedy about a self-induced attention-deficit disordered, learning disabled, Tourette's syndrome suffering, balance impaired, ex-alcoholic young man from the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the gold-digging girl who inspires him to try to get it together. | Add synopsis »
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"American Loser": Oxymoronic or Redundant?
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Review: Seann William Scott's 'American Loser' Fails To Make Sense Of A Fractured Life
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  (in credits order)

Seann William Scott ... Jeff Nichols

Gretchen Mol ... Lynn

Deirdre O'Connell ... Cynthia

Kevin Conway ... Bert

Jeff Garlin ... Lenny

Denis O'Hare ... Mike

Stephen Adly Guirgis ... Al

Charlie Tahan ... Little Jeff

Tonye Patano ... Mrs. Shelby

Jonathan Ames ... Chairperson

Jayce Bartok ... Brian from Boarding School

Erica Fae ... Receptionist (as Erica Berg)
Susannah Bianchi ... Mary - AA Member

Ian Buchanan ... Terry

Matthew Cowles ... Detoxer

Lars Engstrom ... Some Guy #1

Wynn Everett ... Saleswoman
Kevin Geer ... Older Banker
Mary Gillen ... Karaoke Girl
Grey Goodermote ... Lily
Mitchell Green ... Collector #2
Afit Hallely ... Operator
Jack Kaplan ... Boy on the Beach
Nicolas Kaplan ... Boy on the Beach

Jason Mantzoukas ... Luggage Channel Guy

Adrian Martinez ... Harris

Matt Mulhern ... Andy
Dan Naturman ... Emcee (as Daniel Naturman)

Chandler Parker ... Angry Driver

Ahmad Razvi ... Collector

Paul Scheer ... Junior

Remy K. Selma ... Samy (as Remy Selma)

Elysia Skye ... Barista

John Tormey ... Bum
Joshua Weinstein ... Hedge Fund Guy

Dennis Jay Funny ... AA Member (as Dennis Funny)
Melisanne Russo ... AA Member (as Melissa Russo)
Alyxx Morgen ... AA Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin G. Kelly ... Ex-Alcoholic (uncredited)
Antonio Parisi ... Student (uncredited)

Jennifer Layne Park ... Daphne Randall (uncredited)
Elaine Perez ... Alcohol Anonymous Member (uncredited)

Martin Pfefferkorn ... Wheelchair AA Member (uncredited)

Aaron Stephens ... Albert (uncredited)
Paul Thornton ... AA Member (uncredited)
Alexandra Wooster ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Tod Harrison Williams 
Writing credits
Tod Harrison Williams (screenplay)

Jeff Nichols (book "The Little Yellow Bus")

Produced by
Anne Carey .... producer
Robert Delp .... producer (as Rob Delp)
Al Hayes .... executive producer
Graham Larson .... co-executive producer
Jennifer Roth .... executive producer
Daniel Sadek .... assistant producer
Elie Samaha .... producer
Tod Williams .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marcelo Zarvos 
Cinematography by
Michael Simmonds 
Film Editing by
Affonso Gonçalves 
Casting by
Nicole Abellera 
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
David Doernberg 
Set Decoration by
Sara Parks 
Costume Design by
Eric Daman 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair department head
Colleen Callaghan .... hair designer
John Jack Curtin .... hair stylist
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist
Linda Williams .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Alexis Arnold .... production supervisor
Jonathan Ferrantelli .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Catalano .... second second assistant director
Vanessa Hoffman .... second assistant director
Karen Kane .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jesse Cain .... construction coordinator
Nicholas Hill .... leadman
Jonathan Hustad .... art production assistant
Alanna Levy .... art department coordinator
Jose Pavon .... property master
Michael Powsner .... props
Acacia Thompson .... set dresser
Alexis Weiss .... props
Derek J.W. Wybourn .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
David Ellinwood .... dialogue editor
Christopher Fondulas .... additional cable
Katherine Gordon Miller .... assistant sound editor
Bryant Musgrove .... boom operator
Chris Stangroom .... assistant adr recordist
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Visual Effects by
Jamie Baxter .... matte painter/compositor
Etienne Daigle .... digital compositor
Louis Morin .... visual effects supervisor
Benjamin Murray .... visual effects
Mike Uguccioni .... visual effects supervisor
Ian Mclaughlin .... stunt safety
Camera and Electrical Department
Eli Aronoff .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Noam Bonkowski .... jib technician
Terrence C. Burke .... camera operator
Nicole Emmons .... electrician
William Evans .... assistant camera
Michael Grantland .... second assistant camera
Brian Harnick .... jimmy jib technician
Mike Kirsch .... best boy grip
Mark Koenig .... gaffer
Bryan Koss .... camera intern
Jeff Panessa .... key grip
Christopher Piazza .... second assistant camera
Macall B. Polay .... still photographer
Yoshi Sonoda .... additional electrician
Matt Staples .... grip
Adam Troeger .... camera operator
Adam Troeger .... jimmy jib operator
Andy Westbrook .... dolly grip
Casting Department
Joanne Bloom .... casting assistant
Morgan Donaho .... casting assistant
Laura Verbeke .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica Chaney .... additional on-set costumer
Marta Font .... set wardrobe supervisor
Tonya Huskey .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
John Crowley .... digital intermediate colorist
Ron Dulin .... assistant editor
Ned Harvey .... post-production assistant
Mike Nuget .... on-line editor
Music Department
Robert Burger .... musician: accordion
Matt Havron .... music coordinator
Daniel Levy .... score preparation
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Carl Hettling .... driver
Timothy Paustian .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jakob Appelman .... extra
Brian K. Aspinwall .... executive assistant to producers
Anna Bosco .... accountant
Danny Bress .... assistant to Mr.Scott
Alison Cohen .... production counsel (as Alison S. Cohen)
Samantha Kreitzer Dyer .... production office coordinator (as Samantha Kreitzer)
Matthew Gorenc .... production assistant
Ned Harvey .... set production assistant
Michael Herbert .... production coordinator
Charlynne J. Hopson .... assistant location manager
Peter Hutchison .... production accountant
Kirsten Kearse .... script supervisor
Gabriella Ludlow .... production legal
Patrick Mahoney .... craft service
Luke Marion .... production assistant
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group
Claire Pacacha .... assistant to producer
Morgan Ressa .... production assistant
Julie Retzlaff .... location assistant
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services
Will Schluter .... key production assistant
Rob van de Laar .... craft service
Diana Victor .... business affairs executive: This is That
Scott Waring .... office production assistant
Clarke Williams .... set production assistant
Anthony Gore .... post-production delivery (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot" - USA (original title)
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Rated R for language and some sexual content
94 min
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Seann William Scott Pulls Off A Dramatic Role In Fine Fashion, 13 March 2014
Author: edshullivan from Toronto, home of Rob Ford

Who would have known that Seann William Scott could pull off such a fine performance in a dramatic film with a comedic overtone? When I purchased American Loser I assumed I was purchasing just another stereo-typical Seann William Scott comedy role. Much to my pleasant surprise I discovered (as will you if you watch this film) Seann was portraying a real life troubled young man named Jeff Nichols, who did in fact suffer from a number of abnormalities including an attention deficit disorder, early alcoholism, Tourette's syndrome, and a learning disorder. I assume the writers took liberties with some of the characters in the film such as the sweet and lovable married girlfriend named Lynn (played by Gretchen Mol) that Jeff Nichols hooks up with at one of his AAA sessions. Jeff also meets up with a guy named Lenny at the AAA sessions, played well by Jeff Garlin, who is a recovering alcoholic and construction manager. Lenny looks up to Jeff (from one loser to a bigger loser) and so they are seen periodically hanging out together having coffee and discussing how to get out of their individual predicaments.

Jeff Nichols had always depended upon his "mommy" Cynthia, played by Deirdre O'Connell and his stepfather Mike, played by Denis O'Hare, to bail him out with sufficient cash whenever he fell behind with any of his bills. He tried his hand at various jobs such as a substitute Grade 3 teacher but could not handle a class full of kids without getting in to trouble with the principal and losing his job. Jeff just seemed to be travelling through his depressed and troubled life falling further and further in to disarray. It won't take you very long to realize Seann William Scott's portrayal of Jeff Nichols isn't funny at all, and that's because it is not intended to be funny. This is a story of a young man with some serious troubles, real troubles, that even a loving girlfriend and parents can't help Jeff overcome. Of course there is some humor in the casualties Jeff causes as when he finishes having wonderful intercourse with his girlfriend Lynn, and leaves her a little memento on the bed sheets. There are numerous loser scenes that have some comedic value such as when he sinks his stepfather's expensive boat, or signs up for a month long job on a commercial fishing boat wearing nothing more than a Christmas sweater, or when he literally burns his parent's beautiful home down to the ground.

Although these aforementioned scenes may be somewhat funny, each scene brings us closer to realizing a great empathy for the real life Jeff Nichols, who actually lived through the movie ordeal. I do not want to give away the ending so I will close by saying that at some point Jeff realizes that he has to take responsibility for his own life and not depend upon mommy and daddy anymore. Don't stop the DVD at the end credits or you will miss the cameo appearance of the real life Jeff Nichols in his current job. This was a terrific dramatic real life role for Seann William Scott to sink his teeth in to. I truly enjoyed seeing him play out of character that as his usual dim witted comedic roles he has previously starred in. I was pleasantly surprised at how well Gretchen Mol and Seann William Scott carried this drama comedy through to fruition. I gave it a 7 out of 10 rating.

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