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Roger Dodger Details

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Writer/director [[Performer~P307485~Dylan Kidd~dylankidd]] got a chance to make his script for Roger Dodger into a feature film when he boldly approached [[Performer~P64044~Campbell Scott~campbellscott]] in a café in Greenwich Village and made his pitch. Eventually, [[Performer~P64044~Scott~campbellscott]] would agree to executive produce and star in the film, and was responsible for bringing [[Performer~P4745~Jennifer Beals~jenniferbeals]] and [[Performer~P61690~Isabella Rossellini~isabellarossellini]] onboard. [[Performer~P64044~Scott~campbellscott]] 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 ([[Performer~P61690~Rossellini~isabellarossellini]]), 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 ([[Performer~P5694~Elizabeth Berkley~elizabethberkley]]) and her friend, Sophie ([[Performer~P4745~Jennifer Beals~jenniferbeals]]), 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

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
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

Cast

Campbell Scott
as Roger
Jesse Eisenberg
as Nick
Isabella Rossellini
as Joyce
Elizabeth Berkley
as Andrea
Jennifer Beals
as Sophie
Ben Shenkman
as Donovan
Mina Badie
as Donna
Chris Stack
as Chris
Morena Baccarin
as Rachel, girl in bar

Crew

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