James Greer

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James Greer
James greer.jpg
Greer in 2010
Born (1971-04-23) April 23, 1971 (age 47)
Portland, Maine, United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
OccupationNovelist, screenwriter, musician, critic
Years active1991-present

James Greer (born April 23, 1971) is an American novelist, screenwriter, musician, and critic.[1] As a screenwriter, he is known for writing the children's comedies Max Keeble's Big Move, Just My Luck and The Spy Next Door, as well as the 2018 thriller Unsane. He currently lives in Los Angeles.[2]

Career as a musician/critic[edit]

Greer was Senior Editor and Senior Writer at Spin[3] magazine in NYC in the early 90s.

He wrote and played on the song "Trendspotter Acrobat" on the album Sunfish Holy Breakfast by Guided By Voices.

Greer started a band in 2012 with French musician Lola G. called DTCV.[4] In April 2016 the band released its fourth studio album, entitled Confusion Moderne, on Xemu Records.[5]

Career as a novelist/author[edit]

Greer has published two novels, Artificial Light (Little House on the Bowery/Akashic, 2006)[6] and The Failure (Akashic, 2010).[7] Artificial Light won a California Book Award Silver Medal for First Fiction.[8] Noted American novelist Dennis Cooper has written about Greer's latest novel that "James Greer, one of the nimblest and most multilayered American fiction writers, has, with his latest novel The Failure, pulled off a sublime and shivery-smooth literary hat-trick-cum-emotional-gotcha. I defy anyone to come up with an equation to explain how this book's first impression as a ridiculously clever, funny crime story can gradually disclose a metanovel built from far more encyclopedic scratch only to reveal upon its conclusion a central, overriding thought so heartfelt literally it trembles your lower lip. This is one stunning piece of work."[9]

In 2013 Greer released his first book of short fiction, titled Everything Flows, via Curbside Splendor. Publisher Weekly said of the book [10] "Halfway between the mind of God and a vivid dream, Everything Flows is proof that there remain new places to go, both on paper and in the known universe."

Career as a screenwriter[edit]

Greer has written or co-written several movies, including Max Keeble's Big Move[11] (Disney, 2001), Just My Luck[12] (20th Century Fox, 2006) starring Lindsay Lohan, the Jackie Chan vehicle The Spy Next Door[13] (Lions Gate, 2010) and Unsane,[14] directed by Steven Soderbergh, and starring Claire Foy and Juno Temple (Fingerprint Releasing, Bleecker Street, Regency, 2018). In February 2018, Deadline Hollywood reported that Greer was set to pen a script called Planet Kill for Soderbergh to produce.[15]


  1. ^ "IMDB Page for James Greer".
  2. ^ "James Greer is comfy under the magnifying glass in new band Détective". Denverpost.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14.
  3. ^ Crew, Adrienne (August 8, 2006). "Interview in LAist discussing Greer's "influence on a generation of music journalists"". Laist.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  4. ^ "DTCV AllMusic Biography". AllMusic.com. July 10, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "Consequence of Sound Advance Stream of Confusion Moderne". consequenceofsound.net. April 1, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  6. ^ Jaime-Becerra, Michael (October 8, 2006). "Los Angeles Times review of Artificial Light". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  7. ^ Baron, Zach (March 24, 2010). "Review of ''The Failure'' in the Village Voice". Villagevoice.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  8. ^ Official California Book Awards Site Archived June 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Indie | Literary | Books". Akashicbooks.com. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  10. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Everything Flows by James Greer".
  11. ^ Max Keeble's Big Move IMDB page
  12. ^ Just My Luck IMDB page
  13. ^ The Spy Next Door IMDB page
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 18, 2017). "Juno Temple to Co-Star With Claire Foy in Steven Soderbergh's Next Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  15. ^ Busch, Anita (February 1, 2018). "Studio 8 Acquires 'Planet Kill' For Steven Soderbergh To Produce, May Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 20, 2018.

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