It is a sad day when I see so many talented actors in such a loser of the film. Loser, properly named, is a romantic comedy that not only has little comedy but it also has little romance.
Jason Biggs, the guy who did the pie in last year's hilarious hit comedy American Pie, hits his second blunder of the summer (the first being the mediocre Boys and Girls) as the title character, a guy who is just overloaded with stereotypical loser qualities (except for glasses). His roommates (played by the more stupid than funny trio of Thomas Sadoski, Jimmi Simpson, and Egidio Tari) can't stand him because he likes to study more than party so he gets kicked out of the dorm and is forced to move into a room in a veterinarian's hospital (is this supposed to be funny?). Along the way, he meets Mena Suvari (another American Pie person and also the American Beauty) and really likes her, but she is having an affair with a jerk of a teacher played by Greg Kinnear. Out of all of them, Kinnear has the best character - he is a total jerk in every respect, and it looks like Kinnear is having fun doing it. The acting is pretty good, but I can't stand the thought that any of these people read the script and said, "I've got to be in this movie." Maybe they lost a bet or something.
The movie isn't funny. There are a few moments where I snickered, but that was about it. I thought Greg Kinnear was pretty humorous, especially when he was telling Suvari how to make his coffee, but those moments don't save a movie. There is also a cameo appearance by David Spade, but while it was a pleasing surprise to see him, he didn't do much for the film. The rest of the movie is trite and boring, and it lags and lags and lags. There are a lot of scenes that you can tell were intended to be funny but just aren't, and even more when you can't even tell what the point is. Jason Biggs' character is supposed to be funny himself but nothing about him is, even though he tries so hard. His dialogue and manners just aren't comic material.
This movie isn't romantic. Suvari is having an affair with Kinnear, her professor. She is in love with him but he just thinks of her as another ride on a large road, and openly acts that way. Suvari's character is too stupid to realize it. Biggs realizes it, however, and does nothing to stop it (instead, he lies to her to help out her relationship with him?). In the end, of course, Suvari realizes Biggs is the right guy for her. Oh no, I just gave away the surprise ending. Who would have guessed?
The fact is that Loser has triteness pouring out of every pore. There is nothing new and original here, and even if there was, the movie wouldn't do much with it. I was literally bored out of my mind through ninety-five percent of the film.
Loser lives up to its name.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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