This one actually ISN'T a dud!
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 03/03/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After the success of `American Pie', Jason Biggs was everywhere, and one of the places he showed up was in this 2000 modern spin on the 1960 Oscar winning film `The Apartment'. Yes, this is very much `The Apartment' set in school, and shockingly this is not as much of an insult to the '60 classic as I would have expected.
Don't get me wrong; `The Apartment' is one of the best films of all time, and `Loser' isn't even one of the best films of 2000, but as far as quirky teenage romantic comedies go, this one actually gets a lot right.
Paul is, well, a loser. He is a social retard who happens to get a scholarship to a nice college in the city. Everyone he knows takes total advantage of him, but he's such a nice guy that he constantly allows it. When he meets, and falls in love with, Dora (a young student having an affair with her lit professor) he seems to step out of his shell and become his own person, but his interest in Dora is tested with that creepy guy she's sleeping with starts stepping all over his toes.
Biggs is pitch perfect for the role. I mean, he makes for the perfect dorky romantic lead since he's kind of dorky, but in that Zach Braff `I'm not that attractive yet my geeky sense of humor makes girls love me' kind of way. I love Mena Suvari and consider her to one of those underrated young actresses who has it all and doesn't get enough opportunities to showcase it (her stunningly astute turn in `American Beauty' should have gotten her Oscar attention) and here she shows why she is so lovable. She just GETS it, and it shows in her eyes. She isn't just simply playing a role the way that most actresses would have thrown this one away. She lives it, and that dedication is admirable, especially when it's coming from a film like `Loser'.
Oh yeah, and for me Greg Kinnear can do no wrong (or very little wrong) and I just gobble him up here.
So, if you are looking for a funny, entertaining and sweetly charming teen comedy that actually knows its humor and its audience and serves up the goods then `Loser' has your DVD player written all over it.
And for the record, he totally should have went with `The Piano'!"