Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot

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Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot
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Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot theatrical poster
Directed by Tod Harrison Williams
Produced by Al Hayes
Jennifer Roth
Tod Williams
Anne Carey
Robert Delp
Daniel Sadek
Elie Samaha
Written by Tod Harrison Williams
Jeff Nichols
Starring Seann William Scott
Jeff Garlin
Gretchen Mol
Deirdre O'Connell
Denis O'Hare
Music by Marcelo Zarvos
Distributed by Chicago Pictures Distribution
Release dates
  • June 14, 2007 (2007-06-14) (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • August 19, 2008 (2008-08-19) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
Country USA
Language English

Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot, also known as Trainwreck: My Life as an Idoit [sic] and American Loser, is a 2007 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tod Harrison Williams and based upon the autobiographical book The Little Yellow Bus by Jeff Nichols. It is also known as American Loser, its American DVD and television title.

The film was premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival[citation needed] on 14 June 2007 and put on general release in America on 19 September 2008.


American Loser is a comedy-drama based upon the experiences of comedian Jeff Nichols; it follows Jeff as he encounters a remarkable variety of personal and emotional problems.

Edging closer to his thirties Jeff (Seann William Scott) has a heavy drinking problem coupled with ADHD, dyslexia, and a mild case of Tourette syndrome as well as constant absent-mindedness. He spends most of his time attending support meetings including ones which have no connection to the problems he suffers.

Jeff pins the cause of his problems on his wealthy parents Cynthia (Deirdre O'Connell) and Mike (Denis O'Hare). After being evicted from the garage he rents, with nowhere left to go he manages to connect with Lynn (Gretchen Mol), a woman he met at a support group for people with relationship problems.



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