Sure, it is a formula movie - similar to The Apartment, but cuteness and happy endings raise it to 3*'s
[font=Arial][color=darkred]'Loser' tells the tale of a self-describe outcast Paul (Biggs) who ventures out of a rural town to the big bad city of New York for college education. Before he leaves he confides to his family his fear that everyone will be "like on Seinfeld". Upon Paul's arrival he's deemed a laughable dolt by his frat-boy roomies and even forced to live in an animal shelter. Paul has a difficult time adjusting to the new world until he meets a kindred spirit in the intriguing Dora (Suvari) one day in class. Dora herself is a struggling student not fitting in. She even has a secret tryst with her Professor played by Greg Kinnear.[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]All of the characters in 'Loser' other then its leads are one-dimensional cartoons. Paul's dorm mates start off as mean-spirited brats but then unsettlingly become attempted date rapists with plans involving roofies. Am I the only one bothered that their actions are never dealt with but glossed over? Dora's relationship with Kinnear only cheapens the intelligence of her character. From the beginning he is a smarmy jerk (as are most in 'Loser') whose most romantic line consists of "Would you please sit there and just not talk." What woman wouldn't fall for someone like that?[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]'Loser' is no outright shaggy dog though. It does have its funny moments and starts off well enough. Paul and Dora are sweet characters that keep our interest and rooting. Kinnear plays well as a snide jerk. But somewhere in the middle 'Loser' shifts into what it could have been into what it reluctantly is.[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Biggs and Suvari are the only nice people on the 'Loser' planet, and it makes little sense that in a world of hipsters that these two would put up with all of their dumping and not see one another. It's obvious that they should be together except to them, so it's just a matter of time before they hug and kiss. The movie is basically a waiting game to see when Suvari is going to wise up.[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Heckerling has been a strong force for many an influential teen comedy ('Fast times at Ridgemont High', 'Clueless') but her latest effort seems like she lost interest somewhere within. 'Loser' had the possibility of being the 'Clueless' for the not-so-in-crowd but instead mimics the title far more than intended.[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate's Grade: C [/color][/font]
For the girl heroine, she has hooked up with the wise older professor who is trying to show her a bigger world. One problem his bigger world is shallow,his intellectualism self-indulgent and he can't stop chasing every skirt that crosses his path.
Very clever and would rate a pretty good rating if it wasn't so poorly paced and ultimately predictable.