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Roger Dodger (2002)

Campbell Scott , Jesse Eisenberg , Dylan Kidd  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabella Rossellini, Elizabeth Berkley, Jennifer Beals
  • Directors: Dylan Kidd
  • Writers: Dylan Kidd
  • Producers: Campbell Scott, Dylan Kidd, Anne Chaisson, Bruce Cowen, David Newman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLX8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,205 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Roger Dodger" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Director's preface to the special features
  • Examination of a scene: Opaline
  • Deleted scene with optional director's commentary
  • New York at Night: The Roger Dodger Walking Tour with Jesse Eisenberg
  • Player's Guide to Scoring with Women

Editorial Reviews

Set in Manhattan, ROGER DODGER takes a comic look at the male ego and the art of manipulating women. Campbell Scott stars as Roger, a sharp-witted advertising copywriter who can talk his way into skirt. Which is exactly why his nephew, Nick, pays him a visit. W ith Nick's virginity at stake, Roger takes him out for a one-night crash course in seduction, only to realize he still has quite a l ot to learn about women...and himself.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and unconventionally charming June 3, 2003
When people grab your arm and say "You gotta see this movie!" it usually means I will hate it. After the smartly written opening scene though, I was pleasantly surprised and I was on board for the rest of the film. At the risk of contradicting myself, I normally don't like dialouge driven independent film, particularly set in an urban setting such as Manhattan. Nothing against NYC, it's just they tend to confuse pontification and philosophy as substance for character. However the writer/director manages to get his ideas across with out preaching, making for a highly watchable film. There is a slight pretension to this movie, but only because it is encapsulated in the main character, Roger, played brilliantly by Campbell Scott. I've always liked watching Scott and he does not dissappoint. He gives a performance that will hopefully get him noticed again. And it's balanced wonderfully by Jesse Eisenberg, who plays his nephew that looks to Roger to educate him in manners of the opposite sex.
The other thing that I liked about this film is the pace. This is "A Night in the Life" premise but it moves quickly and you really don't realize your watching that type of movie until after it's over. The hook that keeps you watching is not only Scotts performance, but wondering if the nephew is going to lose his virginity.
The only critizism I have of the film is that it's shot entirely hand held. The style lends itself well to the film, but I would love to see what this director does with a steadycam.
You don't "Gotta see this movie!" but it's an intellegent distraction with a unique charm. And a great film for those who like New York stories. A good addition to a library.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Campbell Scott Deserved an Oscar March 20, 2003
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Roger Swanson (Campbell Scott) is a ruthless self-absorbed big city ad copywriter who spends his free time sleeping with his boss (Isabella Rossallini) and using his insulting overbearing wit in constant desperate attempts to bed every woman he meets. His boss breaks off their relationship the same day his teenaged nephew Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) shows up seeking Roger's advice on sex and romance. Roger and Nick set out to find Nick a woman using Roger's finely-honed method of operation. Through a series of womanizing episodes in bars and brothels, the depth of Roger's emotional dysfunction and self-loathing are revealed. Even as Roger is in many ways repulsive, he is also energetic, witty and ultimately at least partially redeemed.
Campbell Scott's portrayal of Roger Swanson's conglomeration of fierce intelligence, acute self-loathing and borderline alcoholism was one of the finest performances of 2002. I find that the greatest performances involve an impeccable sense of timing on the part of the actor. Campbell Scott's flawless timing combined with emotional transparency and palpable energy make this performance extraordinary. He deserved an Oscar nomination. Roger Dodger also boasts an excellent supporting cast. Jesse Eisenberg is perfect as sweet, hapless, but eager-to-learn Nick. Isabella Rossallini, Elizabeth Berkley, and Jennifer Beals make solid contributions as Roger's boss and two women whom Roger and Nick try to pick up, respectively.
Roger Dodger doesn't contain any action or romance, and its humor is strictly sardonic. But it is one of the best films of 2002. If you like great movies and great performances, Roger Dodger is a Must-See.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Artful Roger August 9, 2003
Roger Swanson is a coldhearted, fast-talking yuppie businessman who has cynically reduced the man-woman equation to its Darwinian essentials. To Roger, women are objects to be conquered not people to be respected, and he has learned to employ his good looks, charm and over-analytical mind in the service of getting laid. When Nick, his naïve, inexperienced 16-year old nephew comes to town, Roger decides to train the boy in the fine art of manipulation and seduction, taking him out for a night on the town that the youngster will not soon forget.
As conceived by first time writer/director Dylan Kidd, "Roger Dodger" is less a full-fledged narrative and more a series of extended conversations. And I, for one, couldn't be happier, for the dialogue Kidd has come up with is sharp, observant, insightful and witty, as Roger opens up and reveals his unique perspective on the dating scene. He uses his mouth like a machine gun, shooting rounds of rapid-fire, staccato comments, indifferent to who's left standing when he's done. He really has no qualms about "corrupting" his underage nephew, never seeing or caring about the corrosive effect he may be having on him. In the process, we learn quite a bit about Roger as a person, most especially the aloofness he feels from others and his inability to make any kind of emotional connection that really works. Long estranged from his father and sister, Roger is also facing a breakup with the older woman he's recently come to fancy (his boss in fact). Roger is a humorous figure but also an immensely sad one, for he really does seem - for all his bravado and bluster to the contrary - to be a lonely, unhappy guy. We are simultaneously drawn to him by his confidence and charisma and repelled by his smarminess and coldness, just like the characters in the film.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tried too hard to be witty
The reviews sounded good, so we watched. We were not impressed. The writers seemed to be trying way to hard to be witty. It was shallow and a bit insulting.
Published 2 days ago by Leo Carr
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, truthful on some levels...Campbel Scott might be a little... that why it's good? Not the typical swarthy guy or hideous troll....the "average joe" talks women and men....weird ending.
Published 1 month ago by Jitterbug
4.0 out of 5 stars Jesse Eisenberg first movie!
It is adorable. what else can I say. He likes to joke in interviews that his first kiss was in this movie, but he likes to 'goof'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hennessey bounds
3.0 out of 5 stars A Playa' Gets Played
A forty-ish ad exec is approached by a long lost nephew for advice on picking up women at the most humiliating moment possible. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mr. critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Virginia Woolf In A New Age
One of my favorite sociologal films along Billy Budd, Bad Manners,The Last Super,Midnight Cowboy. Women now are the breadwinners, they walk away from marriages, roles are changing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MasterOfWho
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
The movie Roger Dodger was thumbs up,when Jennifer Beals and her buddy appeared in the flix that keep my eyes wide open for drama.
Published 8 months ago by LISA BROCK
1.0 out of 5 stars rodger dodger
Where the heck is movie going with filth? This movie is nothing but verbal Porno... Porno would be better at least you
would be watching this all all talk... talk... Read more
Published 9 months ago by sowhat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
We bought this to add to the video library and it has been a pretty popular item since purchased. Great!
Published 12 months ago by Jolene Esterline
4.0 out of 5 stars PUA recommended
The movie was entertaining and amusing, Roger is great and reading and leading people but his weakness seems to be how much power he gave to his boss that he was having an affair... Read more
Published 12 months ago by JJ.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is anything but a typical comedy. Scott's performance is nothing short of astonishing. This is a real gem, overlooked by most folks.
Published 15 months ago by Phil Simon
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