Greer in 2010
|Born||April 23, 1971|
Portland, Maine, United States
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Occupation||Novelist, screenwriter, musician, critic|
James Greer (born April 23, 1971) is an American novelist, screenwriter, musician, and critic. 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.
Career as a musician/critic
Greer has published two novels, Artificial Light (Little House on the Bowery/Akashic, 2006) and The Failure (Akashic, 2010). Artificial Light won a California Book Award Silver Medal for First Fiction. 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."
In 2013 Greer released his first book of short fiction, titled Everything Flows, via Curbside Splendor. Publisher Weekly said of the book  "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
Greer has written or co-written several movies, including Max Keeble's Big Move (Disney, 2001), Just My Luck (20th Century Fox, 2006) starring Lindsay Lohan, the Jackie Chan vehicle The Spy Next Door (Lions Gate, 2010) and Unsane, 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.
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