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American Loser (2007)

Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot (original title)
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A dramatic comedy about a self-induced attention-deficit disordered, learning disabled, Tourette's syndrome suffering, balance impaired, alcoholic young man from the Upper East Side of ... See full summary »

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Tod Harrison Williams, Jeff Nichols (based on the book: "The Little Yellow Bus" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seann William Scott ... Jeff Nichols
Gretchen Mol ... Lynn
Deirdre O'Connell ... Cynthia
Kevin Conway ... Bert
Jeff Garlin ... Lenny
Denis O'Hare ... Mike
Stephen Adly Guirgis ... Al
Charlie Tahan ... Little Jeff
Tonye Patano ... Mrs. Shelby
Jonathan Ames ... Chairperson
Jayce Bartok ... Brian from Boarding School
Erica Fae ... Receptionist (as Erica Berg)
Susannah Bianchi Susannah Bianchi ... Mary - AA Member
Ian Buchanan ... Terry
Matthew Cowles ... Detoxer
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A dramatic comedy about a self-induced attention-deficit disordered, learning disabled, Tourette's syndrome suffering, balance impaired, alcoholic young man from the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the gold-digging girl who inspires him to try to get it together.

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He may be a total disaster... but at least he's entertaining.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Loser See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Towards the end of the closing credits, there is a clip of the real Jeff Nichols performing stand up comedy. See more »

Connections

References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Holding Out For A Hero
Written by Dean Pitchford and Jim Steinman (as James Steinma)
Performed by Bonnie Tyler
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I enjoyed this movie...
1 July 2008 | by xearlyxdeathxSee all my reviews

The story wasn't really straightforward (ie: it was a narrative of the character's screwed up life that didn't have a message or a lesson... at least not superficially), but the ride that you get to go on while watching it is really fun... especially because the actor is Seann William Scott, who (whom?) nobody expects anything good out of (b/c of all his mindless comedic roles), yet he totally owns the role... I was super happy to see the clips of the actual character (many apologies for not remembering his name, especially since he so fondly reminds me of the glorious negativity of Bill Hicks) during the credits.... That showed me the difference between the real person and SWS's portrayal, yet it it proved to me how well (do not read "accurately", only read "well", considering SWS is portraying the character dramatically, which almost always, as in this story, embellishes/exaggerates reality) SWS portrayed the character.


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