Roger Dodger (2002)
Front Cover Actor
Campbell Scott Roger Swanson
Jesse Eisenberg Nick
Isabella Rossellini Joyce
Elizabeth Berkley Andrea
Jennifer Beals Sophie
Mina Badie Donna
Ben Shenkman Donovan
Chris Stack Chris
Morena Baccarin Girl in Bar
Lisa Emery Woman in Bar
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama
Director Dylan Kidd
Producer Anne Chaisson; Bruce Cowen
Writer Dylan Kidd
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 1 hr 44 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
After breaking up with his lover and boss, a smooth-talking man takes his teenaged nephew out on the town in search of sex.

All Movie 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. by: Josh Ralske

Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Viewing Date 9/2/03
Seen Where Home
Index 420
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/19/03
Purchase Price $8.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Folder 004
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Chapters
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Notes
All Movies Review:

Roger Dodger is an impressive debut for writer/director Dylan Kidd. Kidd has written a lot of sharp dialogue, gets strong performances from his accomplished cast, and he keeps the action moving at a nice, jaunty pace. Campbell Scott (Singles, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle), as the title character, again demonstrates his adeptness at playing amusingly loquacious men. Roger's apparent belief that he can talk himself out of — or into — anything provides a great deal of the film's humor. Jennifer Beals and Elizabeth Berkley are smart and sympathetic as the women pursued by Roger and his young nephew, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg), and Kidd invests these characters with the necessary depth to give Roger's manipulative games an unpleasant edge. Eisenberg is a likeable presence, and believable as an adolescent of above-average intellect and sensitivity, who's in danger of letting his horniness get the better of him. Unfortunately, Kidd goes a bit overboard in providing Nick with goofy eccentricities. He meditates to calm himself down ("Why should you calm down? You're a teenager," notes Roger). Okay, but he carries around instructions for his body to be cryogenically frozen? That comes across as something only a movie teen would do. The reason he gives to Roger for his appearance in New York will be transparent to even the most dimwitted of viewers, so it's surprising that the hyper-perceptive Roger can't see through it. Some of the humor in the film is a bit forced, and while Roger proves himself quite slimy over the course of the narrative, Kidd, apparently at a loss as to how to resolve things, makes him a bit too cute and cuddly in the end. by: Josh Ralske