Theatrical Release: July 21, 2000


Nerdy, good-natured Paul Tannek (Jason Biggs) is a square peg in the round hole that is New York University – his pot-smoking, girl-chasing roommates hate him, and everyone else on campus ignores him. But when he meets fellow student Dora Diamond (Mena Suvari), he discovers a kindred spirit. Dora is practically broke, has nowhere to live, and her boyfriend, Professor Edward Alcott (Greg Kinnear), is more interested in manipulating her than loving her.
The more people push them around, the closer Paul and Dora get – she helps him dress better and appreciate New York, he lets her stay with him while she finds a job. In the end, Paul and Dora not only fall for each other, they find the courage to walk away from the people who walk all over them.

Dove Review

The story between these two is pretty cute as you root for them to end up together. On the way, though, we are witnesses to the illegal teacher-student affair involving one of our main characters. Fornication is implied between these two, as well as between the same teacher and another student. We also see college kids partying hard with lots of alcohol and drugs. Some of the drugs boys are giving to girls in order to take advantage of them. I don’t find that subject very funny. We do see the culprits paying for their crimes in the end. The language is mild, except the “F” word is in there once, spoken by our hero Paul. Other than that, he is shown as a very good, honest, moral guy. This one word, the underage drinking and drug use, and the illegal affair keep us from recommending it for family viewing.

Content Description

Language: F-word 1, S-word 4, Bitch-5, expletives: Hell-2, Ass-2 - Fornication: implied once with Dora and Alcott as we see them in bed under the covers; also implied between Alcott and another student - Smoking: Paul's roommates smoke - Drinking: lots of college kids (underage) drinking - Drunkenness: we see lots of drunk college kids, including Dora, who doesn't know she is being given spiked drinks. She has to go to the hospital to get her stomach pumped. - Drug use: pot smoking by college kids. Other drugs also, possibly speed or acid. - Fists: one fistfight


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Director: Amy Heckerling
Producer: Amy Heckerling
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 98 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright