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James Greer
Greer in 2010
  • Novelist
  • screenwriter
  • musician
  • critic
Years active1991–present

James Greer is an American novelist, screenwriter, musician, and critic. As a screenwriter, he is known for writing the children's comedies Max Keeble's Big Move, Just My Luck and The Spy Next Door, as well as the 2018 thriller Unsane. He lives in Los Angeles.[1]



Greer was senior editor and senior writer at Spin[2] magazine in New York City in the early 1990s.

He wrote and played on the song "Trendspotter Acrobat" on the album Sunfish Holy Breakfast by Guided By Voices. He was the bassist in the band from 1995-1996.[3][4]

Greer started a band in 2012 with French musician Lola G. called DTCV.[5] Pronounced "detective", it was an indie rock duo from Joshua Tree, California.  After meeting Lola G. at a party in Hollywood, Greer began publishing songs with him, taking influence stoner rock, garage, post-punk, and classic indie, and finally releasing their debut LP in 2012. In 2013, they released a double album called Hilarious Heaven, followed by a compilation of their early singles and EPs, The Early Year. The duo then went on tour and soon released their third studio album, Uptime!, in 2015. In 2016, Confusion Moderne was released which featured lyrics entirely en français and production from psych wizard Joel Jerome.[6] In April 2016 the band released its fourth studio album, entitled Confusion Moderne, on Xemu Records.[7]


Greer has published two novels, Artificial Light (Little House on the Bowery/Akashic, 2006)[8] and The Failure (Akashic, 2010).[9] Artificial Light won a California Book Award Silver Medal for First Fiction.[10]

In 2013 Greer released his first book of short fiction, titled Everything Flows, via Curbside Splendor. Publisher Weekly said of the book "Halfway between the mind of God and a vivid dream, Everything Flows is proof that there remain new places to go, both on paper and in the known universe."[11]


Greer has written or co-written several movies, including Max Keeble's Big Move[12] (Disney, 2001), Just My Luck[13] (20th Century Fox, 2006) starring Lindsay Lohan, the Jackie Chan vehicle The Spy Next Door[14] (Lions Gate, 2010) and Unsane,[15] directed by Steven Soderbergh, and starring Claire Foy and Juno Temple (Fingerprint Releasing, Bleecker Street, Regency, 2018). In February 2018, Deadline Hollywood reported that Greer was set to write a script called Planet Kill for Soderbergh to produce.[16]




- Hollywood secrets

          - Getting old on the internet



  1. ^ "James Greer is comfy under the magnifying glass in new band Détective". Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Crew, Adrienne (August 8, 2006). "Interview in LAist discussing Greer's "influence on a generation of music journalists"". Laist.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  3. ^ "James Greer: Making the World His Bitch (and Elephants)". www.vice.com. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  4. ^ "Steven Soderbergh's 12-hour John Barth adaptation, via James Greer". Los Angeles Times. April 2, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  5. ^ "DTCV AllMusic Biography". AllMusic.com. July 10, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "DTCV | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Consequence of Sound Advance Stream of Confusion Moderne". consequenceofsound.net. April 1, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  8. ^ Jaime-Becerra, Michael (October 8, 2006). "Los Angeles Times review of Artificial Light". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  9. ^ Baron, Zach (March 24, 2010). "Review of The Failure in the Village Voice". Villagevoice.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  10. ^ Official California Book Awards Site Archived June 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Everything Flows by James Greer".
  12. ^ Max Keeble's Big Move IMDB page
  13. ^ Just My Luck IMDB page
  14. ^ The Spy Next Door IMDB page
  15. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 18, 2017). "Juno Temple to Co-Star With Claire Foy in Steven Soderbergh's Next Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  16. ^ Busch, Anita (February 1, 2018). "Studio 8 Acquires 'Planet Kill' For Steven Soderbergh To Produce, May Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "James Greer". IMDb. Retrieved December 9, 2020.