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Roger Dodger (2002)

Cast: Campbell Scott, Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg, more...
Director: Dylan Kidd, Dylan Kidd
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Studio: Live/Artisan
Genre: Independent
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
Writer/director Dylan Kidd got a chance to make his script for Roger Dodger into a feature film when he boldly approached Campbell Scott in a café in Greenwich Village and made his pitch. Eventually, Scott would agree to executive produce and star in the film, and was responsible for bringing Jennifer Beals and Isabella Rossellini onboard. Scott stars as the eponymous Roger, a successful New York ad man and self-proclaimed master of reading and manipulating women. The film begins with Roger out for drinks with his co-workers and demonstrating his verbal gifts. "Words are my stock in trade," he explains as he expounds. But he soon learns that his boss, Joyce (Rossellini), wants to end their clandestine sexual relationship. Roger gets another shock when his teenaged nephew, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg of TV's Get Real), shows up unannounced the next day at his job. Nick explains that he's in town for an interview at Columbia and soon admits that he wants Roger to take him out and give him a crash course on women. Soon the pair is out carousing, but when they run into the lovely Andrea (Elizabeth Berkley) and her friend, Sophie (Jennifer Beals), Roger discovers that despite Nick's sexual desperation, the teen is temperamentally unsuited to Roger's transparent womanizing mode of operation. In short, Nick is a sweet, open, and sensitive boy, while Roger proves himself to be a misogynist pig. Their differences grow even starker when Roger decides to crash a party Joyce is throwing that night, and brings Nick along. Roger Dodger was named the Best Narrative Feature in competition at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

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A smart comming of age film... by ABrooks June 21, 2004 - 2:16 PM PDT
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The number one reason to watch "Roger Dodger" is the writing. This film features some of the best monologues in recent history. The opening sequence showcases Campbell Scott's dry, sleazy, witty and endearing performance. We see right from the beginning what kind of man we are dealing with in the film. The film also makes no apologies for his character... or lack there of. This is a dry, dark, incredibly funny film. The women in the film are great as well. From the always beautiful Isabella Rosalini to Jennifer Beals and a certain "show girl" we see Scott's character reflected through the eyes of female society. Rent this. You won't be disappointed.

Cry, Uncle. by underdog March 26, 2003 - 9:44 PM PST
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10 out of 11 members found this review helpful
Anyone interested in the art of screenwriting in particular should watch this film, the super debut feature by Dylan Kidd. The simple enough story line occasionally teeters on the verge of sleaziness or disinterest but is for the most part a sharply observed human comedy. It's one of those rare pictures that gets people right, where all of the interactions are believable and the reactions perfectly in tune with the characters. The role of womanizing uncle is certainly one of Campbell Scott's meatiest, and he takes it for all its worth. It's a testament to the film's intelligence that his character's misogyny is never pandered to but grounded in the Real to the point where you feel sympathetic for him after all, and women are portrayed as human beings, not the objects of conquest he sees them as. Jesse Eisenberg is very appealing and feels like every kid we knew, or more accurately, were, in high school. Then there's the script itself; bouncy dialogue forms the heart and soul of the film. Unlike many films today this one has a great opening scene and a most satisfying (and hilarious) conclusion, the only one it could really have.

A side note about the DVD itself: Be sure to check out the bonus features, especially if you are interested in filmmaking, because the director and his crew take you through "a film school in a box." It's a very rewarding treat if you're game.




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