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Roger Dodger Details


Writer/director Dylan Kidd got a chance to make his script for Roger Dodger into a feature film when he boldly approached Campbell Scott in a café in Greenwich Village and made his pitch. Eventually, Scott would agree to executive produce and star in the film, and was responsible for bringing Jennifer Beals and Isabella Rossellini onboard. Scott stars as the eponymous Roger, a successful New York ad man and self-proclaimed master of reading and manipulating women. The film begins with Roger out for drinks with his co-workers and demonstrating his verbal gifts. "Words are my stock in trade," he explains as he expounds. But he soon learns that his boss, Joyce (Rossellini), wants to end their clandestine sexual relationship. Roger gets another shock when his teenaged nephew, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg of TV's Get Real), shows up unannounced the next day at his job. Nick explains that he's in town for an interview at Columbia and soon admits that he wants Roger to take him out and give him a crash course on women. Soon the pair is out carousing, but when they run into the lovely Andrea (Elizabeth Berkley) and her friend, Sophie (Jennifer Beals), Roger discovers that despite Nick's sexual desperation, the teen is temperamentally unsuited to Roger's transparent womanizing mode of operation. In short, Nick is a sweet, open, and sensitive boy, while Roger proves himself to be a misogynist pig. Their differences grow even starker when Roger decides to crash a party Joyce is throwing that night, and brings Nick along. Roger Dodger was named the Best Narrative Feature in competition at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:October 25, 2002


Awarded by
National Board of Review Campbell Scott Best Actor 2002 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Campbell Scott Best Actor 2002 Nominee
Venice International Film Festival Dylan Kidd Luigi De Laurentiis Award for First Film 2002 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Dylan Kidd Best First Film 2002 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Dylan Kidd Most Promising Director 2002 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Dylan Kidd Best Screenplay 2002 Nominee


Dylan Kidd
Dylan Kidd
Anne Chaisson
George VanBuskirk
Dylan Kidd
Joaquin Baca-Asay
Craig Wedren
Composer (Music Score)
Andy Keir
Stephen Beatrice
Production Designer
Dina Varano
Art Director
Campbell Scott
Executive Producer
Martin Garvey
Executive Producer
Amy Westcott
Costume Designer
Theresa Radka
Sound/Sound Designer
Marco Londoner
First Assistant Director
Laylee Olfat
Marcia Turner