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Roger Dodger 2002 R CC

(93) IMDb 7/10
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After cynical New York advertising copywriter Roger Swanson (Campbell Scott) is dumped by his on-again/off-again girlfriend, Joyce (Isabella Rossellini), who is also his boss, his painful workday is further complicated by the unexpected arrival of his 16 year-old nephew, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg). After asking to spend the night at Roger's, Nick reveals that he has come to ask for help--in hopes of ditching his virginal status, Nick begs Roger for a lesson in the art of seduction.

Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Dylan Kidd
Starring Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg
Supporting actors Isabella Rossellini, Elizabeth Berkley, Jennifer Beals, Mina Badie, Ben Shenkman, Chris Stack, Morena Baccarin, Lisa Emery, Flora Diaz, Stephanie Gatschet, Colin Fickes, Tommy Savas, Gabriel Millman, Libby Larson, Courtney Simon, Peter Appel, Ato Essandoh, Michelle Six
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Tanner on June 3, 2003
Format: DVD
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 18, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 By Roland E. Zwick on August 9, 2003
Format: DVD
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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