Roger Dodger (7/11) Movie CLIP – High Verbal Ability (2002) HD
Roger (Campbell Scott) gets uncomfortable when Sophie (Jennifer Beals) and Andrea (Elizabeth Berkley) turn the tables to analyze him.
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 caf 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.
TM & © Lionsgate (2002)
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Elizabeth Berkley, Jennifer Beals, Campbell Scott
Director: Dylan Kidd
Producers: Anne Chaisson, Bruce Cowen, Martin Garvey, Dylan Kidd, Michael Lauer, Per Melita, David Newman, Campbell Scott, George VanBuskirk
Screenwriter: Dylan Kidd
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