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Dead Man on Campus (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
Well, it's a good idea. Dead Man on Campus had the potential to be a classic dark comedy: Two students at a prestigious university are flunking out; however, due to a provision in the school's charter, if they had a roommate who committed suicide, they'd both get straight A's as a form of reparation for grief and trauma. So, to stay in school, they seek out the most depressed student on campus and transfer him into their three-person dorm room. Unfortunately, rather than satirizing the real issues--academic narrow-mindedness, parental pressure, the obsessiveness of late adolescence--the movie is a compilation of frat-boy clichés and jokes that want to be in bad taste but are actually quite tame. The leads (Tom Everett Scott and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) are pleasant and the soundtrack (produced by the Dust Brothers) has some very hip selections, but after a snappy opening-credit sequence, the movie stumbles along, aimless and sluggish. Alyson Hannigan (American Pie, Willow on TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has a small role and is her charming geeky self. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Au contraire! This has to be the best movie MTV films ever put out. While the idea is somewhat funny in itself (passing college by inding a suicidal roommate, guaranteeing yourself A's from the trauma regardless of your failing grades), it's the characters that make this movie. Cliff, the drooling party-animal frat boy who is so high he sets a chick's hair on fire trying to lite a pipe... Buckley, the egocentric computer geek who believes Bill Gates wants him for his brain and will sacrifice himself to prevent an apocolypse... and let's not forget Matt, the depressive, maniacal British musician. Even the locals at the bar are great. "Some people eat bugs... ewwwww!"
Believe me, if you liked Happy Gilmore, Tommy Boy or anything of that genre, you will love this movie. It's got tons of hilarious quotes that you and your friends will be saying again and again...
Au contraire! This has to be the best movie MTV films ever put out. While the idea is somewhat funny in itself (passing college by finding a suicidal roommate, guaranteeing yourself A's from the trauma regardless of your failing grades), it's the characters that make this movie. Cliff, the drooling party-animal frat boy who is so high he sets a chick's hair on fire trying to lite a bong... Buckley, the egocentric computer geek who believes Bill Gates wants him for his brain and will sacrifice himself to prevent an apocolypse... and let's not forget Matt, the depressive British muscian who wears everything he brought to college and might not make it long enough to play the pre-finals party. Even the locals at the bar are great. "Some people eat bugs!"
Believe me, if you liked Happy Gilmore, Tommy Boy or anything of that genre, you will love this movie. It's got tons of hilarious quotes you and your friends will be saying again and again.
I leave you with one more... "Cooper, I'm really serious when I say I need to study! And Josh, I'm really serious when I say I need to clean my bong."
The previews for the movie focused pretty heavily on the "party animal" character, as if he was one of the main characters. That's why the previews looked as though the movie would be god-awful. The movie is actually a lot different, though.
The first thirty minutes are basically a moral story about what can happen when a college student forgets his responsibilities and stops studying. That's when the suicide plot line appears, which you've probably read in other reviews.
For the next half hour, our heroes try to perfect their plan while avoiding detection. It isn't until the 60 minute mark that they meet the "party animal" guy - and he disappears pretty quickly. The other victims of their plot are actually funnier characters (particularly the "Bill Gates" guy).
I'd recommend this movie as a rental, because some of the stuff later in the movie is rather funny. Unfortunately, the first 30 minutes or so are extremely dull, and there's a sizeable dose of lame gay jokes scattered throughout.
I had interest in watching this movie awhile back as the dead-roommate-straight-As was one of the only urban legends that I actaully believed. While I'm glad i didn't spend money in the movie theater for it, I'm still happy to have seen it. The characters are cliched, the situations are pretty standard, and everything is the way you expect it to be. Not that that is bad but it could have been better. The Frat Boy from hell character is just not up to John Belushi of Animal House standards (then again, who is?) and the conspiracy theory freak is pretty tame.
However, the goth rock star who acts like a depressed brit in public but happily sings showtunes in private is hilarious. I think it's probably because I've alternately hated and loved the kind of music (Cure, Peter Murphy,etc.) parodied by the song "Tragic Sperm" that I was giggling through those scenes. Besides, revelations that Robert Smith is now an overweight drunk football fan make that character all the more believable. Sadly that character is only on screen for about 15 minutes total. The whole movie could have been about him and it would have been great.
better than average comedy. Has a darkness about it that is superceded by formula - a lot like Better Off Dead. Buy it as a gift, because someone is going to embrace it as their cult movie.
Two students are in a predicament. They face expulsion from college unless they can take advantage of a loophole that will grant them perfect grades: the traumatic death of a roommate.
So the two students come up with a plan. They go through a list of possible candidates (the most unstable students on campus), ask them to move in, and then attempt to drive them into committing suicide. Things don't go as smoothly as they expect.
You will probably recognise the two main characters from other "wacky" comedies from the past. To me, "Dead Man on Campus" is like a combination of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Weekend At Bernie's". The two students, caught in a dilemma of their own making, attempt to use the easy way out: (someone elses) suicide.
Although the premise is bizaare and macabre, I found "Dead Man On Campus" one of the least offensive of the "college comedies".
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Hey I thought this movie was pretty differen't comming from the Zack on Saved by the Bell. But I saw this movie and liked it even though I saw it on tv they probely left out the... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by jenna
not a three star movie but a 2 in a half star movie. this one pits Tom Evertt Scott(American Werewolf In Paris) as Josh in a college and he meets his new roomate Cooper played by... Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2003 by Michael Bolts
this movie is so darn funny. the story of a pothead and his straight lace roomate who have to resort to drastic measures to stay in school is a story almsot all college students... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by Michael Allen Miller
I recently bought this dvd after years of wishing that I had it. I remember it being better, but it is still pretty good. Read morePublished on April 28 2003 by Red Devil "Samantha"
I SAW THE MOVIE ON THE CHANNEL USA AND I THOUGHT THE MOVIE WAS FUNNY ...EVEN THOU THEY CUT ALOT OF PARTS OF THE MOVIE. THE WHOLE TIME THE MOVIE WAS ON I WAS ROLLING ON THE FLOOR. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2003 by Kim Burlew
This movie plays on the rumor on all campuses where, if your roommate kills himself, you automatically get a 4.0 GPA. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2002 by momazon
This movie is nonstop laughs. To get out of trouble at thier college, the two main charectors causally search for someone suicidal they can push over the edge to take advantage of... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by Scott