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Roger Dodger (2002)

Campbell Scott , Jesse Eisenberg , Dylan Kidd  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 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: Multiple Formats, 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLX8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,699 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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27 of 30 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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10 of 11 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's All About The Visuals" December 18, 2005
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Prepare yourself for an illuminating evening which begins in an upscale New York bar but slowly degenerates into visiting some of the more unseemly locations of the big city. The story revolves around Rodger (Campbell Scott), an egotistic, insecure, overly analytical wordsmith who has just been dumped by his female boss (Isabella Rossellini). His sixteen year old nephew Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) unexpectedly shows up in his office and Roger decides to break the young boy in 'New York Style.' Prepare for a crash course in how to pick up a woman as taught in the sometimes alluring, often times sleazy world of Uncle Roger, the proverbial lounge lizard.

Dialogue is everything in this film and most of it comes from the incredibly glib and searing tongue of the recently scorned Roger who has yet to learn how to deal with rejection. Roger is the self-proclaimed prophet of the "Gender Wars" and is determined to teach his naive nephew how to cope with the opposite sex. This is as close to a one-man-show as you can get and Campbell Scott pulls it off in amazing fashion.

This is a film that demands your full attention. The dialogue comes fast and furious and you really don't want to miss a thing in this pessimistic but well constructed production.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
language was too bad i couldnt watch very much of it
Published 1 month ago by Jennine Francavilla
1.0 out of 5 stars Bomb!
Stupid movie to pass the time. I'd rank this one near the bottom.
Published 1 month ago by mhauerj
1.0 out of 5 stars Flippant and boring
I am usually drawn to somewhat quirky movies but I found the main character to be rude and uninteresting all at the same time. That is quite the accomplishment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jason hover
2.0 out of 5 stars They must have paid the actors a lot to do this....
....really ridiculous film. Maybe it will appeal to some people looking for a free flowing account of male female dynamics. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carolina123
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting
We could not get to the end of this movie. It was a disgusting display of men basically stalking women for sex. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Gannage
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
had no plot. made no sense boring
Published 1 month ago by elizabeth bruner
3.0 out of 5 stars Roger Dodger
I thought Campbell Scott's performance was excellent, however the content was not my favorite. Jesse Eisenberg did well for one of his earlier works.
Published 1 month ago by Mary
1.0 out of 5 stars he is soooooo cool
wow, a lot of close ups of some lame douche-bag smoking cigarettes aggressively. Smoking might have been cool back in the 1920s, but it is pathetic now & to have it be the main... Read more
Published 2 months ago by kcimos
4.0 out of 5 stars Rodger Dodger
It's about a man who has pretty obnoxious kind of personality, and is a known womanizer. He even lived with his lady boss who's tired of him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Noah A. Lefevre
1.0 out of 5 stars Not funny
Despite being billed as comedic, this was not at all funny. It unfortunately wasn't so bad that we didn't stop watching. Read more
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