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Roger Dodger (2002)

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After breaking up with his lover and boss, a smooth-talking man takes his teenaged nephew out on the town in search of sex.

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Dylan Kidd

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Campbell Scott ... Roger Swanson
Jesse Eisenberg ... Nick
Isabella Rossellini ... Joyce
Elizabeth Berkley ... Andrea
Jennifer Beals ... Sophie
Mina Badie ... Donna
Ben Shenkman ... Donovan
Chris Stack ... Chris
Morena Baccarin ... Girl in Bar
Lisa Emery ... Woman in Bar
Flora Diaz ... Young Working Girl
Stephanie Gatschet ... Angela - High School Beauty
Colin Fickes ... Angus
Tommy Savas ... Darren
Gabriel Millman Gabriel Millman ... Felix
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Storyline

Set against the bright lights of Manhattan, a tale which takes a comic, urbane look at the modern male ego at war in the singles scene trenches. Roger Swanson is a hopelessly cynical advertising copywriter with a razor-sharp wit who believes he has mastered the art of manipulating women. But Roger's seemingly foolproof world of smooth talk and casual sex begins to unravel when he is paid a surprise visit by his teenager nephew, Nick. Hoping to settle, once and for all, the issue of his virginity, Nick begs Roger to school him in the art of seducing women. Welcoming the challenge, Roger guides Nick through the city's wild nightlife for an all-night crash course, only to realize that he--the adult--still has something to learn about what women, and men, really want. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

The naked differences between men and women. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

22 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosa de hombres See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,431, 27 October 2002

Gross USA:

$1,266,828

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$667,669
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jesse Eisenberg's movie debut. See more »

Quotes

Donovan: What am I looking at here? This is, like... '90s adorable normal guy.
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All fur in this film is fake. See more »

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Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014) See more »

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Written & Performed by Craig Wedren
Mixed by Craig Wedren - BMI
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ROGER & ME - RAZOR SHARP WIT & THE BEST PERF. BY SCOTT
29 October 2002 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

ROGER DODGER (2002) ***1/2 Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabella Rosselini, Elizabeth Berkley, Jennifer Beals. Scott gives a remarkable performance as a silver-tongued misanthropic New York advertising copywriter facing a personal crises that only takes fuel to the fire when his teenage nephew Eisenberg (a nice thurst and parry polar opposite turn) comes to visit him to gain some insight to his ‘lady killing' social skills which leads to a night of unveiling some inner demons via his fast-talking eviscerations and character assassinations in a furiously funny way. Scott's bravura (and brave) take on a smart, verbose and insecure jerk straddles the fine line of being a complete monster and an honest to goodness dyed-in-the-wool cynic on the subject of the fairer sex (who are represented smartly by Rosselini as his on-the-skids lover/employer and Berkley and Beals as two young women the relatives hit on in an eye-opening lesson in the battle of the sexes and what it really means to be a man. A real sleeper gem with wickedly snaring arch humor to spare. Written and directed by novice filmmaker Dylan Kidd is one of the few politically incorrect triumphs in recent memory.


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