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Roger Dodger (2002)

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After breaking up with his lover and boss, a smooth-talking man takes his teenaged nephew out on the town in search of sex.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Flora Diaz ... Young Working Girl
Stephanie Gatschet ... Angela - High School Beauty
Colin Fickes ... Angus
Tommy Savas ... Darren
Gabriel Millman Gabriel Millman ... Felix
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Storyline

Set against the bright lights of Manhattan, a tale which takes a comic, urbane look at the modern male ego at war in the singles scene trenches. Roger Swanson is a hopelessly cynical advertising copywriter with a razor-sharp wit who believes he has mastered the art of manipulating women. But Roger's seemingly foolproof world of smooth talk and casual sex begins to unravel when he is paid a surprise visit by his teenager nephew, Nick. Hoping to settle, once and for all, the issue of his virginity, Nick begs Roger to school him in the art of seducing women. Welcoming the challenge, Roger guides Nick through the city's wild nightlife for an all-night crash course, only to realize that he--the adult--still has something to learn about what women, and men, really want. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

The naked differences between men and women. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

22 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosa de hombres See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,431, 27 October 2002

Gross USA:

$1,266,828

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,934,497
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jesse Eisenberg was sick during the filming of most of the nightclub scene, and can be seen sweating in different parts of the scene from his illness. See more »

Quotes

Andrea: [to Nick] We need more men like you.
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All fur in this film is fake. See more »

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Referenced in The Bet (2007) See more »

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A Sleeper Romance
29 April 2005 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

I wouldn't have thought from previews that "Roger Dodger" would have an ounce of romance in it, but it does. The scene between Elizabeth Berkeley, Jennifer Beals (both very good by the way--who would have thought?) and Roger's nephew is incredibly sweet and touching, but without being overly sentimental or cloying. Campbell Scott gives a fabulous performance as Roger, illustrating how broad his acting range is. My only complaint with the movie is its incredibly annoying cinematography. All of the compositions are cluttered and claustrophobic, sometimes so much so that the main focus of the shot is entirely obscured. And this trend toward hand-held cameras needs to be stopped. I think directors feel that hand-held cinematography lends a gritty, realistic point of view to their films, but more frequently it serves only to distract.

But a fairly minor quibble about an otherwise very good film.

Grade: A-


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