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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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 (as Josh Weinstein)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kaeli Ware ... Classroom Student

Dennis Jay Funny ... AA Member (uncredited)

Kevin G. Kelly ... Ex-Alcoholic (uncredited)
Alyxx Morgen ... AA Member (uncredited)
Antonio Parisi ... Student (uncredited)

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

Martin Pfefferkorn ... Wheelchair AA Member (uncredited)
Melisanne Russo ... 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 (written by)

Jeff Nichols (based on the book: "The Little Yellow Bus" by)

Produced by
Anne Carey .... producer
Robert Delp .... producer (as Rob Delp)
Al Hayes .... executive producer
Graham Larson .... co-producer
Jennifer Roth .... executive producer
Daniel Sadek .... 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 designer
Colleen Callaghan .... key hair stylist
Kymbra Callaghan .... assistant makeup artist (as Kymbra Kelley)
John Jack Curtin .... assistant hair stylist (as Jack Curtin)
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist (as Sharon Ilson Burke)
Linda Williams .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Alexis Arnold .... production supervisor
Jonathan Ferrantelli .... post-production supervisor
Jennifer Roth .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Catalano .... second second assistant director
Vanessa Hoffman .... second assistant director
Karen Kane .... first assistant director
Annie Tan .... additional second assistant director
Michael L. Walker .... second second assistant director
Mike Walker .... additional second second assistant director
Art Department
Glen Aldous .... additional scenic
Charles Bella Fiore .... set dresser (as Charles Bellafiore)
Sarah Berney .... additional scenic
Mary Blanchard .... camera scenic
Jesse Cain .... construction coordinator
Daniel Ciampa .... additional scenic
Tom Donatelli .... art department assistant
Ben Fries .... carpenter
Robin Gordon-Leavitt .... art department assistant
Matthew Gorenc .... art department assistant
Nicholas Hill .... leadman
Jonathan Hustad .... art department assistant
Alanna Levy .... art department coordinator (as Alanna Nevada Levy)
Henry Lockwood .... set dresser
Jonathan Melamed .... art department assistant
Michael Nason .... art department assistant
Hannah Newman .... set dresser
Jessica Nyssen .... additional scenic
Erik Oberholtzer .... props (as Erik Oberholtzen)
Marko Orso .... set dresser
Molly Page .... construction assistant
Patrick Palermo .... set dresser
Jose Pavon .... property master
Jamie Pierce .... set dresser
Michael Powsner .... props (as Mike Powsner)
Christine Skubish .... additional scenic
John Stachowicz .... camera scenic
Acacia Thompson .... set dresser
Alexis Weiss .... props (as Alexis Bianca Weiss)
Derek J.W. Wybourn .... assistant property master (as Derek W.J. Wybourn)
Elena Zviavuina .... additional scenic (as Elena Zviaguina)
Sound Department
Louis Bertini .... adr supervisor
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Rachel Chancey .... foley supervisor
David Ellinwood .... dialogue & adr editor (as Dave Ellinwood)
Chris Fondulas .... second boom operator
Chat Gunter .... sound playback
Charles Hunt .... additional sound mixer
Lawrence Loewinger .... production sound mixer
Katherine Gordon Miller .... assistant sound editor (as Katherine Miller)
Bryant Musgrove .... boom operator
Kelly Neese .... sound playback
Chris Stangroom .... assistant adr recordist
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Damian Volpe .... supervising sound editor
Peter Waggoner .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
J.C. Brotherhood .... special effects supervisor
Mike Maggi .... special effects (as Mike Maggie)
Harold McConnell Jr. .... special effects (as Harold McConnell)
Dave Root .... special effects foreman
Charles Simunek .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Jamie Baxter .... matte painter/compositor
Etienne Daigle .... digital compositor
Louis Morin .... visual effects supervisor
Benjamin Murray .... additional visual effects
Mike Uguccioni .... additional visual effects
Elise Voyer .... visual effects project manager
Chris Barnes .... stunt coordinator
Ian Mclaughlin .... stunt safety
Camera and Electrical Department
Samuel Dana Altomare .... additional b camera operator
Eli Aronoff .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Noam Bonkowski .... jib technician
Terrence C. Burke .... camera operator
Elizabeth Campbell .... fourth electric
Matt Cross .... company grip
Michael Csatlos .... additional camera loader
Pedro Dias .... company grip
Sean Donnelly .... additional camera loader
Nicole Emmons .... company electric
Nicole Emmons .... company grip
William Evans .... assistant camera
Peter Fackler .... company electric
Jack Foster .... third electric
Avra Fox-Lerner .... company electric
Darren Frohlich .... company electric
Michael Grantland .... camera loader
Brian Harnick .... jimmy jib technician
Mike Jackson .... company electric
Chris Jara .... best boy electric
Stan Keitt .... additional first assistant b camera
Michael Kirsch .... best boy grip
Mark Koenig .... gaffer
Bryan Koss .... camera intern
William Lucia .... company grip
Adam Lukens .... company electric
Paul McCarthy .... company electric
Matthew Mendelsohn .... company electric
Jeff Panessa .... key grip
Joseph Paolini .... company electric (as Joe Paolini)
Christopher Piazza .... second assistant camera (as Chris Piazza)
Macall B. Polay .... stills photographer
Peter Ramos .... additional b camera operator
Edward Rodriguez .... first assistant b camera
Jeremy Rodriguez .... company grip
Jeremy Rodriguez .... grip
Ricardo Sarmiento .... b camera operator
Matt Schuman .... company grip
Simon Shen .... company electric
Alan Smith .... company electric
Yoshi Sonoda .... company electric
Walter Stafford .... company electric
Matt Staples .... company grip
Paul Swan .... company grip
Adam Troeger .... camera operator
Adam Troeger .... jimmy jib operator
Kevin Vincent .... company electric
Andy Westbrook .... dolly grip
Casey Wooden .... company electric
Andrew Zuch .... video playback (as Andy Zuch)
Casting Department
Joanne Bloom .... casting assistant
Morgan Donaho .... casting assistant
Laura Verbeke .... background casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeffrey Abell .... wardrobe assistant
Jessica Chaney .... additional wardrobe assistant
Marta Font .... set costumer
Tonya Huskey .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
John Crowley .... digital intermediate colorist
Ron Dulin .... assistant editor
Ned Harvey .... post production intern
Shannon Logan-Torres .... digital intermediate supervisor
Mike Nuget .... hd on-line editor
Claire Pacacha .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Shannon Bowen .... location manager
Miguel Fernandez .... location scout
Charlynne J. Hopson .... assistant location manager
Marlon Mark .... location assistant
Julie Retzlaff .... location scout
Music Department
Robert Burger .... musician: accordion
Matt Havron .... music coordinator
Annette Kudrak .... music editor
Daniel Levy .... music preparation
Lawrence Manchester .... music recorded and mixed by
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Marcelo Zarvos .... score producer
Transportation Department
Frank Appedu III .... driver
Reginald Crute .... driver
John Doswell .... boat wrangler: and coordinator
Tim Gallin .... safety driver
Keith Haberman .... safety driver
Carl Hettling .... driver
Carl Koehnlein .... additional driver
Steve Mann .... safety driver (as Stephen Mann)
Ian McLaughlin .... safety driver
Jeremy Olszewski .... driver
Timothy Paustian .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jakob Appelman .... extra
Brian K. Aspinwall .... assistant: to Al Hayes
Dan Barnhill .... additional set production assistant
Anna Bosco .... assistant production accountant
Danny Bress .... assistant: to Seann William Scott
Patrick Christell .... assistant: to Tod Harrison Williams
Alison Cohen .... legal services
Samantha Kreitzer Dyer .... production coordinator (as Samantha Kreitzer)
Brian Godshall .... legal services
Matthew Gorenc .... production assistant
Kathleen Grace .... office production assistant
Wayne Han .... additional set production assistant
Ned Harvey .... set production assistant
Pete Hayes .... post production accountant
Michael Herbert .... assistant production coordinator
Peter Hutchison .... production accountant
Kirsten Kearse .... script supervisor
Ian Lai .... assistant: to Daniel Sadek
Gabriella Ludlow .... legal services
Patrick Mahoney .... craft service
Luke Marion .... set production assistant (as Luke Carter Marion)
Carole McGorrian .... completion bond: Film Finances
Ross Miller .... insurance services
Sarah Beth Nelson .... stand-in: for Ms Mol
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group
Claire Pacacha .... assistant: to Anne Carey
Crystal Reiffert .... additional craft service assistant
Morgan Ressa .... set production assistant
Adam W. Rosen .... legal affairs: Chicago Pictures
Al Sachs .... stand-in: for Mr. Garlin
Will Schluter .... key set production assistant (as William Schluter)
Paula Schmit .... completion bond: Film Finances
Alana Serignese .... location: tutor
Alan Simon .... location: tutor
Natalie Stanford .... legal services
Paul Sullivan .... additional set production assistant
Stewart Summers .... stand-in: for Mr. Garlin
Rob van de Laar .... craft service assistant
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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Seann William Scott Pulls Off A Dramatic Role In Fine Fashion, 13 March 2014
Author: Ed-Shullivan from Canada

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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