What to expect from a film called "Loser?" Another
We're not so fortunate, "Loser" follows the trials
and tribulations of nice guy Paul as he leaves his
comfortable small town for the crass rudeness of big
city college life. Soon enough Paul's plight becomes
a love story as he falls for the only person decent
to him -- Mena Suvari of "American Beauty"
fame. Too bad she's having a behind the scenes affair
with literature Prof. Greg Kinnear.
Speaking of which, Greg Kinnear's appearance in
this unstable little film is like the sun itself
burning through the fog on a dismal and cloudy day.
He's magnificent, his character is rich, and his
dialogue completely there!
Unfortunately, the film is not about him. That's
not to say Jason Biggs ("American Pie") does a
poor job. He's fine and so is Mena Suvari. It's
namely the script. Essentially a trifling love story,
it attempts to hog an "Animal House" audience with
lame gags like:
Roommate, "You got a call today from some
fraternity... Gamma something..."
Paul, "Gamma Delta?"
"No, Gamma Goblin, it was a blood bank."
In fact, the beer-drinking, women-drugging,
sweat-hog trio comprised of Paul's roommates annoys
more than just him. By the end of the first act you
may lose your patience for Paul's gullibility and
wish to leave yourself. The film flatly fails at the
humorous ribbing it appeared to be going for. The
funniest bit comes from neither of these three goofs;
instead, a geeky Tom Green wannabe civil servant
steals the laughs with just 60 seconds of screen time
and some phlegm.
Still the chemistry between Paul and Dora isn't
bad. Rather, it's a cute little film on it's own
planted on hostile ground. Like a seedling choked by
weeds, it nearly dies save for the light of Greg
Kinnear's sun. Alive, but stunted.
The script is unevenly polished and slightly
disjointed. The production misses the mark through
the entire first third, however Everclear fanatics
might like to know that the band appears briefly.