Roger Dodger (2002) - Synopsis
Set against the bright lights of Manhattan, Roger Dodger is a comic, urbane look at the modern male ego at war in the singles scene trenches. Campbell Scott, in a brave, hilarious and utterly convincing performance, stars as Roger Swanson, 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 teenage nephew, Nick (talented newcomer Jesse Eisenberg). 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 still has something to learn about what women, and men, really want.
A witty stylish film written and directed by Dylan Kidd, Roger Dodger features Isabella Rossellini as Joyce, Roger's boss and sometime girlfriend, as well as Jennifer Beals and Elizabeth Berkley as two single women who give Roger and Nick an experience they'll never forget. With sharp and clever dialogue, Roger Dodger provides insight into the way some men think about women, one man's philosophy on the pursuit of amour as well as equal time for frank thoughts from a woman's point of view. Artisan Entertainment will release Roger Dodger October 25th.