The dating scene is accelerated to a whole new level in Roger Dodger, a slick and inventive comedy from writer/director Dylan Kidd. Campbell Scott stars as the fast-talking title character, a man who sees talking to women as a no-lose situation; you either get laid or you don't, and if you don't there are a million other women in the city.
When his 16-year old nephew Nick shows up one day looking for sex help, Roger takes it upon himself to help the young man get laid. He takes Nick to the bars, teaching the kid his own unique style of talking to women - be direct, be fast and don't worry about being a jerk (women like it). Nick is a fast learner, though a little hesitant about being as direct as Roger wants him to be. However, as time passes, Roger begins to suspect that his approach may not be as good as he once thought.
Roger Dodger is an entertaining movie that takes a look at sex without the romance. It is most definitely a movie for guys, though it will appeal to women as well, since the star of the show is Campbell Scott's performance. He doesn't stop talking once from beginning to end, and it's great to listen to the entire time. This is the role that any guy would want to play, a slick yet not suave womanizer that always has something to say, even if it isn't the right time to say it. He's smart and makes some sense, but at the same time doesn't really believe everything.
At the same time, there is nothing exceptional about the movie; after all, it's not laugh-out-loud hilarious, it's not dramatic, and isn't overwhelmingly powerful. Nevertheless, there is just something about its simple and well-written story that works oh so well.
Anyone looking for an entertaining movie to watch on Friday night should take a look at Roger Dodger.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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