Loser (film)

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Loser poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Amy Heckerling
Produced by
Written by Amy Heckerling
Music by David Kitay
Cinematography Rob Hahn
Edited by Debra Chiate
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
July 21, 2000
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[1]
Box office $18,404,706[1]

Loser is a 2000 American romantic comedy film starring Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari and Greg Kinnear. It is about a small-town teenager who is accepted into New York University and must cope with the pressures of college life and the big city.


On an academic scholarship, Paul Tannek (Jason Biggs) is a fish out of water kid from upstate New York who arrives in New York City. In the fall of 1999, attending college at NYU, Paul runs into repeated complications and mishaps, usually brought on by his roommates, three spoiled, obnoxious party animals. When Paul is branded a loser and kicked out by his roommates, he settles in a room at a veterinary clinic. Afterwards, almost by accident, he meets and falls in love with Dora Diamond (Mena Suvari), a fellow student who is dating their unscrupulous literature professor, Edward Alcott (Greg Kinnear).




The film received negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 24% based on reviews from 96 critics, with an average rating of 4.2/10. The site's consensus states: In the grand tradition of teen flicks, Loser comes across as another predictable and underwritten movie with nothing new to offer.[2][3]

Roger Ebert gives the film two stars out of four. Roger enjoyed the performance of Kinnear and enjoyed the chemistry between the leads, but found it totally unremarkable. [4]

Film critic James Berardinelli gave the film 3.0/4.0 stars, stating that the film was one of the "pleasant surprises" of the 2000 film season.[5]

The film opened at #8 at the North American box office, making US$6,008,611 in its opening weekend. The film generated a total of US$15.6 million in the US. It failed further when released worldwide, grossing a total of just US$2.7 million. The film did not break even on its production costs.[1][6]


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