Watch: Roger Dodger 2002 123movies, Full Movie Online – Set against the bright lights of Manhattan, a tale which takes a comic, urbane look at the modern male ego at war in the singles scene trenches. Roger Swanson is a hopelessly cynical advertising copywriter with a razor-sharp wit who believes he has mastered the art of manipulating women. But Roger’s seemingly foolproof world of smooth talk and casual sex begins to unravel when he is paid a surprise visit by his teenager nephew, Nick. Hoping to settle, once and for all, the issue of his virginity, Nick begs Roger to school him in the art of seducing women. Welcoming the challenge, Roger guides Nick through the city’s wild nightlife for an all-night crash course, only to realize that he–the adult–still has something to learn about what women, and men, really want..
Plot: A smooth-talking ad executive attributes his remarkable success with women to his ability to manipulate their emotions from the moment he first meets them. When his teenage nephew drops in for a visit, he soon learns that his approach isn’t as foolproof as he thought when he attempts to teach the boy how to pick up women.
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With an Uncle Like This…
There ought to be an Oscar for Best Actor Portraying a Despicable Vacuous Character. Campbell Scott would garner the award for his intense portrayal as self-absorbed, skirt-chasing, pseudo-intellectual ad writer Roger Swanson in Dylan Kidd’s “Roger Dodger.” First time director and script author Kidd encapsulated a real part of the Manhattan “Lust not Love” scene where emotionally impoverished guys pursue much more intelligent women.
The film begins with a restaurant scene where through Socratic dialogue with friends, Roger quickly establishes that he has a fast tongue unsupported by a deep mind. He’s amusing to his companions but his theories about men and women and the future of relationships are howlingly idiotic. It’s the kind of exchange I love to eavesdrop on and I get the chance fairly often.
Roger has been enjoying a between-the-sheets relationship with his boss, Joyce, owner of the ad agency (Isabella Rossellini). Joyce has had enough of Roger and she wants the affair ended. Her pointed comments seem to impel her employee on to further futile and ultimately vocationally self-destructive behavior. Joyce is a very in-control gal whose business acumen is matched by a no-nonsense selection and dispatch of transient lovers.
But what this film is really about is how Roger deals with his teenage (16) nephew, Nick, who unexpectedly shows up from his Ohio home ostensibly to scope out Columbia University. What he really needs is avuncular steering so he can realize his most important ambition – to lose his virginity. Jesse Eisenberg is very good as a Midwest kid in desperate search of his first sex experience.
What follows is an uncle on the verge of committing the offenses of “unlawful dealing with a minor,” “impairing the morals of a minor” and a few other statutory possibilities. With no sense of what’s appropriate Roger tries to hook Nick up with cocktail bar after-work gals looking for a date and when that fails, well, there’s always the neighborhood brothel.
Jennifer Beals as Sophie and Elizabeth Berkley as Andrea are two such women who are amused by but don’t fall for a silly ploy by Roger to get them to spend time with him and the kid. Sophie and Andrea go along with Roger for a while and they develop a genuine dialogue with Nick, Roger being increasingly marginalized as the conversation becomes more adult. This central vignette works very well thanks to the bright performances by Beals and Berkley.
Scott’s Roger is incredibly clueless, his compass directed solely by his libido and a certain body appendage. And yet the kid wants his guidance.
The strongest parts of “Roger Dodger” are the extended conversations that provide an engaging back and forth quality. Roger’s shallowness works here to keep the viewer interested. No “My Dinner with Andre,” Roger plumbs the depths of sexual and relationship cliches and the other cast members respond in very real Manhattan (sometimes) babble of their own.
Most of the story takes place at night so this is sort of a silly “Sex and the City” noir flick (one scene was shot in Lower Manhattan’s notorious and still open for business Hellfire Club, a meeting ground for the S&M and B&D crowd).
Low on budget and high on Manhattan’s fast evening life, “Roger Dodger” is an Indie film that takes chances with a quirky story and pulls it off through the work of a cast that largely isn’t in mainstream movies.
The DVD comes with extra features. Boring and silly is a night-time tour of the scenes from the film with several cast members as guides. More interesting are very lengthy interviews with production staff normally not part of a DVD’s extra features such as the casting director. Dylan Kidd promises that these interviews are akin to a film school study and the depth and earnestness are real. The information is interesting but hardly groundbreaking.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Dylan Kidd
Writer Dylan Kidd
Actors Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabella Rossellini
Country United States
Awards 12 wins & 14 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 535B, Cooke S4 and Minolta Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, New York (NY), USA
Film Length 2,891 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 320T 5277)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm