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Year: 2000
USA & UK: Columbia Pictures
Cast: Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari, Greg Kinnear, Zak Orth, Thomas Sadoski, Jimmi Simpson, Dan Aykroyd, Twink Caplan, Bobby Miano, Mollie Israel, Colleen Camp, Andy Dick, Steven Wright, Brian Backer, Meredith Scott Lynn, Stuart Cornfeld, David Spade, Taylor Negron, Andrea Martin, Scott Thomson, Kedar Brown, Catherine Black, Rick Demas, Sanjay Talwar, Tracy Dawson, Carolyn Goff, Mike Beaver, Richard Blackburn, Billy Otis, Jenny Kim, Alison Sealy-Smith, Martin Roach, Heidi Weeks, Daniela Olivieri, Kavita Persaud, Corwin Hall, Andrew Storms, Serena Lea, Nicholas Michael Bacon, Valerie Boyle, Colleen Reynolds, Jack Jessop, Mallory Margel, Patrick Mark, Tanja Jacobs, Darrin Brown, James Barret, Robert Tinkler, Katherine Shekter, Robinne Fanfair, Clare Preuss, Sadie Leblanc, Silvana Kane, Kerri Michalica, Geoffrey Antoine, Danny Truelove, Marc McMulkin, Jonathon Fernandes, Tiffany Leonardo, Bobby Slayton, Art Alexakis, Greg Eklund, Craig Montoya, Egidio Tari, Lauren Schaffel
Director: Amy Heckerling
Country: USA
UK: 95 mins
UK Certificate: 12 for strong language, and drug and sex references
USA Release Date: 21 July 2000
UK Release Date: 3 November 2000


Paul Tannek (Jason Biggs) is a small town scholarship student in the big city having trouble fitting in at his New York college. With his plaid hunter's cap and kind, good-natured personality, Paul is an outsider among the self-anointed, sophisticated hipster crowd. As for his pot-smoking, girl-chasing roommates, Paul's need to study takes a back seat to their overwhelming desire to party. To make matters worse, Dora Diamond (Mena Suvari), the girl of Paul's dreams, only has eyes for their English Lit professor, Edward Alcott (Greg Kinnear). Dora is down on her luck, too—she's practically broke, has nowhere to live, and her professor boyfriend is more interested in manipulating and controlling her than having a real relationship with her.

Things appear pretty bleak for Paul until the college billets him in a local veterinary hospital, where he suddenly finds himself with something everyone else wants (a place to party) and something Dora really needs (a place to stay).

Kindred spirits, Paul and Dora grow closer—she helps him dress better and appreciate New York, he lets her stay with him while she finds a job. In the end, Paul and Dora not only fall for each other, they find the courage to walk away from the people who walk all over them—proof that even a loser gets lucky sometimes.

Columbia Pictures presents the romantic comedy LOSER. Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, the film stars Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari and Greg Kinnear. The film is produced by Amy Heckerling & Twink Caplan. Executive producer is John M. Eckert. Rob Hahn is director of photography and Steven Jordan is production designer. Mona May is costume designer, Debra Chiate is editor and Elliot Lurie is music supervisor. The film also features Zak Orth, Tom Sadoski and Jimmi Simpson, as well as Dan Aykroyd in a cameo appearance.

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