Amy Heckerling's latest teen comedy, 'Loser', is an old-fashioned charmerwhere nice guys finish first, sweet girls end up making the right choices,and pushy 'users' get their just desserts! Perhaps nobility is passe infilms today, but 'Loser' makes a great case for working class heroes whosucceed by 'doing the right thing'.<br><br>Paul Tannek (Jason Biggs) is a farm boy who wins a scholarship to a collegein New York City. Bright, awkward, and shy, and possessing the worst haircutsince Adam Sandler's in 'Little Nicky', he accepts his family's celebrationof his success with embarrassment, and a fear of failure, but his father(Dan Aykroyd, who is wonderful in his brief scenes) offers simple advice:"Listen to people, look them in the eye. Be a friend, and you'llsucceed."<br><br>Cut to New York City (which has never looked more beautiful), and Paul'sworst fears are coming true. His dress is ridiculed, his roommates are 'toocool' jerks who take advantage of him while dissing him, and hisinstructors, particularly Professor Alcott (Greg Kinnear, at his smarmiest!)snub him imperiously. Paul is lonely and frustrated, which makes a simpleact of kindness by fellow student Dora Diamond (Mena Suvari, in her bestperformance, to date) take on special significance to him. Diamond is akindred spirit, although she has been manipulated into believing ProfessorAlcott loves her, and has become his clandestine lover.<br><br>As both of their lives take downward turns (he gets thrown out of his dorm,she loses her waitress job), they develop a platonic friendship (he is fartoo much a gentleman to attempt to break up a relationship!), and the filmbecomes a game of guessing when these two terrific people will realize theybelong together!<br><br>'Loser' features a lot of very funny cameos, by Andy Dick, David Spade,Andrea Martin, Colleen Camp, many others, and, to Heckerling's credit, these'guests' never detract from the positive message of thefilm.<br><br>This makes a great date movie (particularly if your date loves kittens!),and is a 'feel-good' flick you can enjoy again and again! I loved it, and Ithink you will, too!
Comedy / Romance
Comedy / Romance
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?
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