Box Office - 10/01/2002
"...Campbell Scott toplines a terrific cast with his spot-on portrayal....RODGER DODGER is a fresh, original look at sex, replete with scathing humor, pathos and memorable characters..."
Rolling Stone - 10/19/2002
"...[The] laughs come with a sting....Campbell Scott is sensationally good..."
New York Times - 10/25/2002
"...Acutely witty....An extremely promising first feature. Even its smaller performances are noteworthy..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/01/2002
"...Searingly written and acted....It's a portrait of a veteran Manhattan swinger, played with bitter cascading brilliance by Campbell Scott..."
USA Today - 11/01/2002
Los Angeles Times - 10/25/2002
"...[An] astute film....ROGER DODGER is so confidently made it hardly feels like a debut....A feature that shares with its characters a willingness to take risks and end up, like them, in places they never expected to be..."
Film Comment - 03/01/2003
"...As a director, Kidd shows enormous visual promise..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2003
"...Kidd's dialogue gives off a ribald crackle; there are traces of Whit Stillman's whizz-bang patter, and an acidic drop of Mamet..."
After cynical New York advertising copywriter Roger Swanson (Campbell Scott) is dumped by his on-again/off-again girlfriend, Joyce (Isabella Rossellini), who is also his boss, his painful workday is further complicated by the unexpected arrival of his 16 year-old nephew, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg). After asking to spend the night at Roger's, Nick reveals that he has come to ask for help--in hopes of ditching his virginal status, Nick begs Roger for a lesson in the art of seduction. Embittered Roger then takes on the role of a nocturnal drill sergeant in an imaginary war between the sexes, starting Nick's training at an upscale singles bar. There, they meet two beautiful women (Jennifer Beals and Elizabeth Berkeley) who turn out to be less malleable than Roger expects. Before the night is through, Roger and Nick go to some dark places where their preconceptions about women get smashed to pieces.
With ROGER DODGER, first time writer-director Dylan Kidd has created a unique look at male-female relationships, full of memorable and comic platitudes spoken by a lead character as fascinating as he is unpleasant. As Roger, Scott (who also produced the film) creates a character who is very difficult to like, but is no less compelling for it. Eisenberg proves to be a worthy foil in an impressive debut. The film takes an impressively dark turn in its third act, and adventurous viewers are likely to relish this offbeat journey.
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