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Roger Dodger (2002)



Critic Consensus: The movie could have benefited from a more experienced director, but a great cast and script overcome any first time jitters the director may have had.

Movie Info

Dylan Kidd's directorial debut, Roger Dodger, features Roger (producer Campbell Scott), a businessman extraordinaire thanks to his cynicism and his verbal dexterity. When his sixteen-year-old cousin Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) comes to visit him in The Big Apple, Roger attempts to help him lose his virginity. Their various conquests include Jennifer Beals, Isabella Rossellini, and Elizabeth Berkley. The drama unfolds as Roger's scathing attitude is absorbed or rejected by the innocent Nick. This film was screened at both the Cannes Film Festival, and the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival where it was an award winner.more
Rating: R (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Dylan Kidd
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 18, 2003
Box Office: $1.2M
Artisan Entertainment


Campbell Scott
as Roger Swanson
Ben Shenkman
as Donovan
Morena Baccarin
as Girl in Bar
Lisa Emery
as Woman in Bar
Flora Diaz
as Young Working Woman
Libby Larson
as Patricia
Peter Apel
as Alert Doorman
Ato Essandoh
as Bouncer
Michelle Six
as Waitress
Juliet Morgan
as Tired Woman
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News & Interviews for Roger Dodger

Critic Reviews for Roger Dodger

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (36)

A fascinating, uneven first feature from the young writer-director Dylan Kidd.

Full Review… | January 16, 2003
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

We journey from appreciating Roger as the ideal over-drinks conversationalist to someone we would cross the street to avoid.

January 3, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Scott's low-key portrayal makes Roger interesting.

Full Review… | December 5, 2002
USA Today
Top Critic

Scott's hilariously hateful hauteur is able to counteract some falsely fuzzy notes in the ending.

Full Review… | January 27, 2009

Some have condemned this film for 'filthy content.' That's like condemning a hospital for being a place of disease. Kidd deals with 'filth' the way a surgeon treats a tumor.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

The dialogue addresses our expectations, gets us laughing and stops the movie from becoming too obvious a character study.

Full Review… | September 7, 2003

Audience Reviews for Roger Dodger

Gotta love high-functioning sociopaths like HIMYM's Barney Stinson and Campbell Scott's titular Roger in this dark, delicious gem. Roger's tried-and-true tricks aren't just cheesy pick-ups, but carefully honed skills that show off the Darwinningest male. Jesse Eisenberg, in his first film role, is sweet and endearing with a hint of rebellion, and the brief roles of 80s-90s dream queens, Elizabeth Berkley and Jennifer Beals, make for a bittersweet sex education. It was so bittersweet that I wished something would happen for Nick and Sophie at the end - not necessarily sex but just SOMETHING instead of Uncle Dad once again aiding and abetting a lame flirtation with high school queen bee whom the audience hasn't gotten the chance to know and fall in love with yet.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


A fast-paced, dialogue-driven, well-constructed little film about the immorality of our times, specifically playboy Roger (Campbell Scott) and how he decides to give his 16-year old nephew (Jesse Eisenberg) in town a crash course in how to get laid after his nephew asks for his help. It is at times a little unbelievable, but still irrefutably fascinating despite its shortcomings and uneven pacing. This is mostly due to Scott's powerhouse performance as a man stripped of any conceivable morals, which serves as a fascinating though depressing study of sex and its agonizing grip on some individuals lives. Eisenberg is also fantastic playing the insecure, virgin character he and Michael Cera have made a living off of for a little over a decade now. It is explicit, sometimes a little full of itself, and sometimes lacking some editing, but is is nevertheless a successful, memorable look on the lack of morality in our culture.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

By displaying to audiences a severely dishonest human being, Roger Dodger's thought-provoking script is able to reach a surprising level of honesty. While Campbell Scott plays a hugely unlikeable character (which wouldn't be a problem if the script didn't want audiences to sympathize with him), Jesse Eisenberg is as good as always in his first-ever movie.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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