9 user 6 critic

American Loser (2007)

Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot (original title)
1:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (HD) on Prime Video

A dramatic comedy about a self-induced attention-deficit disordered, learning disabled, Tourette's syndrome suffering, balance impaired, alcoholic young man from the Upper East Side of ... See full summary »


Tod Harrison Williams, Jeff Nichols (based on the book: "The Little Yellow Bus" by)



Learn more

More Like This 

Mr. Woodcock (2007)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Taken aback by his mother's wedding announcement, a young man returns home in an effort to stop her from marrying his old high school gym teacher, a man who made middle school hell for generations of students.

Director: Craig Gillespie
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Seann William Scott, Susan Sarandon
The Promotion (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two assistant managers of a corporate grocery store vie for a coveted promotion.

Director: Steve Conrad
Stars: Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Chris Conrad
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A high school janitor has not recovered from his failed career as a tennis pro. He begins coaching his beloved sport to a group of misfits and leads them to the Nebraska State Championships.

Director: Danny Leiner
Stars: Seann William Scott, Randy Quaid, Brando Eaton
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Cousins Bo, Luke, and Daisy Duke, and their uncle Jesse, egg on the authorities of Hazzard County, Boss Hogg and Sheriff Coltrane.

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Stars: Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Jessica Simpson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

On the verge of giving up on life, a guy travels to his hometown to make amends.

Director: Courteney Cox
Stars: Seann William Scott, Olivia Thirlby, Garret Dillahunt
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Based on the very underground comic book, a Tibetan monk becomes a mentor to a young street kid whom he can teach to protect a scroll.

Director: Paul Hunter
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Seann William Scott, Jaime King


Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Susannah Bianchi ... Mary - AA Member
Ian Buchanan ... Terry
Matthew Cowles ... Detoxer


A dramatic comedy about a self-induced attention-deficit disordered, learning disabled, Tourette's syndrome suffering, balance impaired, alcoholic young man from the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the gold-digging girl who inspires him to try to get it together.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


He may be a total disaster... but at least he's entertaining.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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






Release Date:

9 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Loser See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Towards the end of the closing credits, there is a clip of the real Jeff Nichols performing stand up comedy. See more »


References Rain Man (1988) See more »


If Looks Could Kill
Written by Tracyanne Campbell
Performed by Camera Obscura
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Funny and engaging
15 June 2007 | by blacademicSee all my reviews

I saw this film at SIFF last night with my g/f and her mother.

I didn't research the film at all, just looked at the description and gave it a go. So when the opening credits said it was a true story, i thought it was a joke. It wasn't.

The movie itself moves along very well and the main character pushes the plot along with his "sharing" sessions in various 12-step meetings. He is ADD, alcoholic (recovering), has tourettes, and badly needs to be "liked". He can't keep a job and depends on his "Mommy" for emotional and financial support. Wholly self-absorbed, he is yet charming and innocent.

There is a love interest in the plot, but it really doesn't come off as one of those forced Hollywood sub-plots added for mass appeal. The male and female leads are impressive, as is the whole cast (many recognizable actors). Not predictable, and as I learned after the film... even the most ridiculous events were indeed factual.

I'd hate to compare this movie to anything, but I can't help but thinking of American Splendor (or Crumb). It's not quite as docu-drama as either of those two films, but the character (in real life and on screen) has very similar eccentricities.

Don't know if it will be released nationwide, but will definitely be in the DVD (ugh) cult film section of your video store one day.

59 of 72 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed