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.


Amy Heckerling


Amy Heckerling
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Biggs ... Paul Tannek
Mena Suvari ... Dora Diamond
Zak Orth ... Adam
Thomas Sadoski ... Chris (as Tom Sadoski)
Jimmi Simpson ... Noah
Greg Kinnear ... Prof. Edward Alcott
Dan Aykroyd ... Dad
Twink Caplan ... Gena
Bobby Slayton ... Sal
Robert Miano ... Victor
Mollie Heckerling ... Annie (as Mollee Israel)
Colleen Camp ... Homeless Woman
Andy Dick ... Another City Worker
Steven Wright ... Panty Hose Customer
Brian Backer ... 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

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

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Did You Know?


Paul's dorm is called Hunt's Hall. Audiences, especially older, might take this as an allusion to actor Huntz Hall, who was born in New York City (the setting of this film). Huntz played Horace DeBussy "Sach" Jones, a lively buffoon in the Bowery Boys film series, which followed his time as a Dead End Kid in Dead End and in the subsequent Dead End Kids series. It would be an appropriate connotation, in that the Chris, Adam and Noah characters are all buffoons as well as dead end kids (hedonistic young males with no real future). See more »


In the scene where Adam, Chis and Noah are walking down the street talking about how to "Resolve this Paul issue," Noah says "I mean I try to get along with everybody but that guy's got no personality." His lip movement doesn't match up with the audio at the end of the sentence. See more »


Noah: There you are again with those books! What is that?
Paul Tannek: Studying?
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Featured in Wheatus: Teenage Dirtbag (2000) See more »


Dance To The Underground
Written by Anthony Roman, Tommy Williams and Greg Collins
Performed by Radio 4 (as Radio4)
Courtesy of Radio4
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"Loser" lives up to its name...
10 August 2000 | by Aerie-2See all my reviews

"Let the buyer beware" is a common enough phrase, and it seems this should apply to movie advertising as well. When I saw previews for "Loser", I was expecting a comedy with a spritz of romance and a dash of drama for good measure. Instead I got a hopeless mess which wasn't sure what it wanted to be.

A college frosh (Jason Biggs, from American Pie) is ridiculed by his three dorm buddies, who love to host wild parties and slip roofies into drinks of the ladies. They eventually kick him out of the room, leaving him to fend for himself. At the same time, he falls for a down-and-out classmate (Mena Suvari, of American Pie and American Beauty) who has the hots for her rude & crude teacher. In theory, it sounds great. In reality, it's a lot harder to pull off.

There aren't that many chuckles, and most of them revolve around Bigg's ability to screw up and get laughed at. After a while, you stop thinking he's a geek and actually start to think he's not such a bad guy after all, and why can't something else happen besides him getting made fun of? And why's Suvari still with this teacher for a nerve-wracking hour and a half when it's OBVIOUS the guy's a creep? Basically, Biggs chases Suvari around for 120 minutes trying to convince her to go for him because he's such a nice guy (which is true, but you'd think the girl would catch on quicker).

Add to the mix three moronic dorm buddies who don't even resemble real people (or real college kids, for that matter; all three look to be around 25-30). The only part of the movie I did like was the ending, when an "update" scrolled onto the screen to tell the future fates of these three idiots. I chuckled at that part. If only there was more to chuckle about.

It looks like Amy Heckerling tried really hard to pull this off, but I don't think it's really her fault. After all, to direct and produce a really wonderful film, one has to have a wonderful script to start from. I don't think she had a chance.

If you want a fantastic school comedy, do yourself a favor; Save the $8.50 and go rent "Clueless". So it deals with high school instead of college... it's still better.

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21 July 2000 (USA) See more »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,008,611, 23 July 2000

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