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LOSER

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STARRING JASON BIGGS, MENA SUVARI, GREG KINNEAR DIRECTED BY AMY HECKERLING

BUZZ-O-METER 4

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? The pastry-prone kid from American Pie meets the cheerleader fatale from American Beauty.

A lot can happen in one year…or not so much. Just last summer American Pie costars Biggs and Suvari were starring in a high school comedic sex romp. This summer they’re two of young Hollywood’s most-sought-after members and they’re starring in…a collegiate comedic sex romp. Paul (Biggs) is a nerdy Midwesterner who moves to New York City for school. He develops a crush on the elusive Dora (Suvari), who’s lusting after her professor (Kinnear). ”There was a big push for [Biggs’ Pie costar] Chris Klein, but the perfect person was standing right next to him,” says Heckerling (Clueless). ”Once I met Jason, I’ve never felt closer to a performer. I could just talk to him in half sentences.” Maybe that’s because the busy Biggs didn’t have time for complete ones. Hot after Pie, Biggs agreed to shoot Loser in Toronto and New York while filming Miramax’s Boys and Girls (coming in June) in San Francisco and L.A. ”There were days when I’d work as one character until night, hop on a plane, go to the other set, turn around, and come back,” says Biggs, who had to have his Loser hair extensions burned off every time he left the set. ”It’ll all be worth it soon,” he says. ”I thought last summer was my summer. I don’t know, I may top it.” (July 21)