Roger Dodger (2002)

DYLAN KIDD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 2002.  Holedigger Films, Roger Dodger LLC.  Screenplay by Dylan Kidd.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Dylan Kidd, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 2002.

 plays a heartless business executive who gets a bit of a surprise when his teen nephew (Jesse Eisenberg) shows up at his Manhattan office and asks to stay with him for the weekend. Thinking his uncle a total success as a ladies’ man, the young boy asks Scott to help him in the romance department. This leads to a night out in Manhattan bars looking for easy scores; through conversations with strangers and with each other, the two realize just how much the elder still has to learn about life and love and how much more the younger knew than he realized. Pristine acting and heartfelt characters keep this interesting character study from ever become annoying or self-indulgently bitter.  and have the film’s best sequence as two women who meet the boys in a bar and actually become intrigued in getting to know them.

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