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How to Lose Your Lover (2004)

Ashley Ummel , Sarah Ummel , Jordan Hawley  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ashley Ummel, Sarah Ummel, Jack Jozefson, Mary Audrey Kneipp, Fred Willard
  • Directors: Jordan Hawley
  • Writers: Jordan Hawley
  • Producers: Charles Arthur Berg, Claire Best, Corey C. Witte, Craig Davis Roth, J. Todd Harris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E0OE3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How to Lose Your Lover" on IMDb

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  • Commentary by director/writer Jordan Hawley with producer J. Todd Harris and actor Fred Willard
  • Deleted scenes

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When struggling writer Owen (Schneider) decides to ditch Los Angeles, burn all his bridges and start a new life on the East Coast his plans go awry when he meets Val, the woman of his dreams (Westfeldt) at the airport and decides to stay in town one more night to date her. When Owen realizes he is falling for her, he will do anything he can to lose her in hopes of finally escaping LA and starting his life over.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Audio Commentary by writer/director Jordan Hawley, producer J. Todd Harris and actor Fred Willard
Deleted Scenes:Deleted Scenes (x7) with optional commentary by director Jordan Hawley (6:25 mins.)

Owen McCabe (Paul Schneider, All the Real Girls) may be a nice guy, but he's a loser in love. Tired of rejection, the LA denizen decides to stop being so darn nice. After all, he's not bad looking and he has a decent job--he's a busy ghostwriter--so the nice-ness must be to blame. He starts by telling his friends what he really thinks about them. Except for his bisexual roommate, Allison (Poppy Montgomery, Without a Trace), this scares them away, but he decides he'll be better off. (As for Allison, he can't think of anything mean to say.) Just as he's enjoying his newfound freedom, Owen runs into Val (Jennifer Westfeldt, Kissing Jessica Stein), a friend on whom he's been harboring a crush. Turns out she feels the same and has also recently exited a long-term relationship. Owen decides to come clean and tell her he just wants to sleep with her, but doesn't get the chance. Consequently, she thinks he's...nice. Despite his best efforts, he can't convince her he's a cad. Val really likes him. What's a not-so-nice guy to do? The answer may not be surprising, but first-time director Jordan Hawley throws a few unexpected twists and turns into the mix before coming out on the side of nice-ness. Originally titled 50 Ways to Lose Your Lover, this fresh-faced romantic comedy features Fred Willard as Owen's ornery client and Tori Spelling as Allison's black-clad lover. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How to lose your interest.... September 15, 2006
Jordan Hawley wrote and directed this dark 'comedy' about the current state of love/hate relationships in Los Angeles (or inability to create same) with about as much panache as yesterday's onion rings. The storyline has been used so many times that the tread is off the tires.

LA ghostwriter Owen (Paul Schneider) is a 'nice guy' who sustains an inability to form a satisfactory love relationship. Exasperated with his life style he decides to become a cad: that must be what women (and men) want. He reverses his nice guy tactic and begins telling everyone he encounters just how he feels - and that is usually negative! The only person who doesn't but into his change is his roommate Allison (Poppy Montgomery) who is bisexual and therefore not wholly available. He decides to leave Los Angeles and move to the East Coast where a lucrative deal awaits him to write the memoirs of a famous man. At the last moment he meets one Val (Jennifer Westfeldt), an animal activist: the chemistry is there but each has a conflicting program. Owen is honest with her, a factor that does not chase her away, but both part ways to other parts of the world. Upon return to LA after a disappointing experience on the East Coast, tables turn and surprises arise. And the ending is a mixture of silly and unsatisfying.

Movies like this are meant to entertain and some of the dialogue is clever albeit acerbic. It just that the idea of relationship examination under these terms is so worn out that the movie just doesn't spark any innovative thoughts. After about thirty minutes into the film this 'audience' lost interest. Grady Harp, September 06
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie! At least rent it! March 21, 2006
I just watched this movie for the first time and I enjoyed the interesting twist that it takes on love. Paul Schneider's character is trying desparately to get out of LA and basically meets a girl at the last minute that changes his life and makes his escape much more difficult than even he could've imagined. It has funny, sad and sweet moments. If you like any of Paul Schneiders other movies (All the real girls, Elizabethtown) then I think you'd like this! He's a great actor I think he'll become an even bigger name in hollywood in the coming years. Enjoy the film with friends or a loved one it's a great flick to see with people you care about. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because it can get a slow at times, and quite dark. But the payoff at the end is certainly worth it, something you can see coming but you enjoy seeing the characters finally realize what we had known almost all along! Hope this helps!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's all in here... January 22, 2007
By Peter
Jordan Hawley's `How to Lose Your Lover' is my kind of movie - all about brainy self-examination, funny, and full of twists. For me it's genuinely original - goodbyes are always about fake warm feelings, not burning bridges. Enjoy the psychosis, the antics, the irreverence and the decadence - but when it counts there is real heart in here, too. Setting this sort of thing in LA is something I've never seen. I want to call Hawley `West Coast Woody'. Has any movie celebrated the buildings and landmarks of LA in the same way?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. March 26, 2006
I loved the movie. My wife, a friend and I watched it together and found ourselves laughing really hard. We also loved the relationships and character development and the great ending. A definite must for anyone who loves a good movie and loves to laugh!
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