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Loser (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 21 July 2000 (USA)
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A college student, branded a loser by his roommates and booted from the dorm, falls in love with a coed who has eyes for their condescending professor.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Tannek
... Dora Diamond
... Adam
... Chris (as Tom Sadoski)
... Noah
... Prof. Edward Alcott
... Dad
... Gena
... Sal
... Victor
... Annie (as Mollee Israel)
... Homeless Woman
... Another City Worker
... Panty Hose Customer
... Doctor


Is there room in Manhattan for a decent kid? Can a young woman see past a cad to true love? Paul, from rural upstate, comes to New York City for college. To keep his scholarship, he must study hard and do well. That makes him a loser to his partying roommates who connive to kick him out of their suite. He's assigned a room in an animal hospital. In class he meets Dora, a pretty coed who needs a job to pay for school, and who's the very young lover of their sarcastic and selfish lit professor. When Dora is slipped some drugs at a party, Paul nurses her back to health, and a friendship follows. For Paul, though, it's more than friendly feelings. Can they work things out for them to become a truly lucky couple? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Dare to be different


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, crude sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Loser  »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,008,611, 23 July 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene featuring David Spade was filmed in Toronto's first specialty video store Revue Video. Since the store specializes in films (Foreign Language and Classics) other than the ones feature in the scene, the whole look of the store had to be changed. See more »


When Paul gets pizza, flowers and a movie, we see him getting the pizza first. As he picks up the pizza box, he has a plastic green bag in his hand (presumably containing the video), but next we see Paul at the video store, where he is pizza-less. He rents a video, which is put into a green bag and given to him. (This makes sense, since he would probably get the pizza last so it would be hot.) See more »


Paul Tannek: Hey, has anybody seen my toothbrush?
Chris: [from the other room] You can't find it? Shit, you better find that thing, man. Those things can cost up to $2.50.
Noah: [also from the other room] Yeah, and yours has such a nice handle, man.
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A poor treatment for the "Loser"
4 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Jason Biggs stars as the "Loser" a freshman trying to fit in at New York University. It has the usual likable loser who gets stuck around jerks and tries to win over a girl. It's been done many times before and it's been done better.

Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, this is her first film since "Clueless" (1995). It only has a few funny lines and relies on popular music to make it entertaining. It has very little of the ascorbic wit Heckerling has shown in her other films. The best character was Greg Kinnear as the unscrupulous college professor with great banter. Biggs is his usual likable awkward self. Mena Suvari plays 'the girl' and as usual for Suvari she comes across as annoying and not nearly as smart as her character is supposed to be.

If you are looking for the next "Clueless" check out "I Could Never Be Your Woman" (2007) it better matches Heckerling's potential. Or for a better version of this "Loser" genre, watch "She's Out of My League" (2010) or "Sydney White" (2007).

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