On an academic scholarship, Paul Tannek (Jason Biggs) is a fish out of water kid from the Midwest who arrives in New York City. Attending college at NYU, Paul runs into repeated complications and mishaps, usually brought on by his roommates, three spoiled, obnoxious party animals. When Paul is branded a loser and kicked out by his roommates, he settles in a room at a veterinary clinic where, by accident, he meets and falls in love with Dora Diamond (Mena Suvari), a fellow coed who is dating their unscrupulous literature professor (Greg Kinnear).


 Loser reunites American Pie stars Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari in a slightly more mature romantic comedy.

We all know the story, lovable “loser” from rural, small town USA goes off to college and is the proverbial “fish-out-of-water”. He somehow manages to fall for a girl who appears to be out of his league, and makes a few inadvertent enemies.

Yeah, this thing pretty much follows a specific formula and you already know how it is going to ned before it starts, but sometimes its just fun to see how they get from point A to point B.

Biggs’ comedic timing and natural “loserness” make him such a lovable and interesting character, and let’s face it, this guy isn’t going to be a leading man otherwise.

Mena Suvari comes off at first like the naive little goth schoolgirl-type, but it turns out that she really is a confident, smart young woman. Not to mention, she and Biggs make a cute couple and have great chemistry together, even though, I don’t belive they had any scenes in American Pie (any of them), together.

Greg Kinnear is once playing the super-douche character that he always does. This time he’s a college professor who is dating one of his students (Suvari), but it is later revealed that he messes around with other girls in his classes, as well.

The roommates are just as bad as Kinnear, if not worse. I say that because they seem to make an attempt, at least, to befriend our loser fella, only to later have him kicked out of the dorm and take advantage of his off-campus place (the vet lab).

There really aren’t any laugh out loud moments in this film, but there are some comical situations that make it enjoyable. Is it worth the viewing? Why, of course. I mean, it isn’t the greatest film in the world, but it is one of those flicks that you will finish and have a smile on your face.

3 1/2 out of 5 stars


One Response to “Loser”

  1. […] In She’s All That and Loser, Freddie Prinze, Jr. has at least some chemistry with Rachel Leigh Cook and Mena Suvari, […]

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