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Roger, an advertising copywriter who can seemingly talk his way into the affections of any woman, questions himself when his nephew pays him a visit in order to learn what his tricks are and Roger realizes he still has a lot to learn.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 21-OCT-2003
Media Type: DVD
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The movie opens with Roger (Campbell Scott) sitting in a café with his coworkers and speaking exactly what is on his mind and the topic is women and how destructive women will be to men and a male society. This is interesting stuff and perfectly shows just how far out there Roger is and what his point of view is on life and women. He really believes what he is saying.
After he is dumped by his lover, who happens to be his boss, Roger returns to his office at work and finds his nephew Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) standing there, waiting. With a little bit of prompting, Roger takes Nick out on the town with the intent on teaching Nick about women and to help Nick with his first "conquest". What we have is a mixing of Nick's hesitant, nervous innocence with Roger's scorn, confidence, and perhaps even distaste for women as anything but an object to acquire.
Considering what the subject matter is, I did not expect to like this movie very much. I was surprised. The dialogue is sharp, and it is easy to see why this movie was produced, the screenplay must have been a real gem to find. Visually, "Roger Dodger" is not much to look at, but the performances and the dialogue help it to rise above what it could have been. "Roger Dodger" also co-stars Isabella Rossellini and Elizabeth Berkley.
From the start of Roger Dodger, everything screamed "film!!!" Not "story," and not "characters to follow," but "film!!!". The cameras added realism -- if you're a bobble-head. The dialogue (clever by half) made me visualize the writers with their pens and pads. And the cameos by Elizabeth B. and Jennifer Beals (best darn actress/welder ever!) seemed maybe a bit neo-Tarantino... a distraction... but by that time I was fast forwarding. (Yup, they look *real* good, keep forwarding).
I'm giving two stars instead of one because there was nothing offensive, and the movie is not a cynical grab for fame or fortune. It seems to be made with good intentions. Main criticism, again: The technique and sometimes over-clever lines get between the viewer and story. And I didn't feel strongly about any character, one way or another. (The main character wasn't *that* bad). American Psycho's Patrick Bateman (Roger in two more years if he doesn't get therapy) made me feel *something*, but Roger made me blank. By the way, Roger seems like some early Bill Murray characters (SNL and Meatballs) -- the mock arrogant, pseudo-smooth, know it all... except Roger doesn't have the mock part down. (Murray may have made this film a killer comedy).
In short, the movie wears its "filmness" on its sleeve, and there's not much entertainment to back it up. I must say though, for film students the educational commentaries may be right down your alley. (Glad I'm not in a film class, where I'd probably have to applaud this stuff to get a good grade). Now I can go back to watching Night at the Roxbury. Peace out!
Most recent customer reviews
Great dialogue and perfect casting made this film work so well. "Roger Dodger" made me realize that in our ADD-plagued world, people don't listen very well. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Michael Duranko
hard hitting dialogue, and utterly compelling acting by the male lead, make this a film to remember.
Full of attitude, this is a no compromise piece of work. Read more
Roger, cynical advertising specialist, is dumped by his girlfriend/boss as he has difficulty growing up, or at least it seems that is why she broke up with him. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by Swederunner
Clever film with a raging script that reminds one of conversations that go on when people really say what they are thinking--in this case, mostly what Scott has to say. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004
Well, I have the VHS version, so this is what I am reviewing. Also, I haven't finished the movie yet--but it's great. Campbell Scott is great. I was expecting a silly PORKYS flick. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2003 by R. A POKATILOFF
Roger Dodger is a look at a man and his nephew as the man, Roger(played awesomely and great by the wonderful Campbell Scott(Big Night)) shows his nephew, Nick(Jesse Eisenberg(The... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2003 by Michael Bolts
I wouldn't have thought from previews that "Roger Dodger" would have an ounce of romance in it, but it does. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2003 by brewster22
Roger Swanson is a coldhearted, fast-talking yuppie businessman who has cynically reduced the man-woman equation to its Darwinian essentials. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2003 by Roland E. Zwick