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PCU -- A high school senior visits college for the weekend, and stay at the wildest house on campus in this classic tale of anti-political-correctness.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Adam Leff (written by) &
Zak Penn (written by)
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Release Date:
29 April 1994 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Flunk 'em if they can't take a joke
Plot:
A high school senior visits college for the weekend, and stay at the wildest house on campus in this classic tale of anti-political-correctness. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A solid, funny film that deserves to be a cult classic See more (52 total) »

Cast

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Jeremy Piven ... James 'Droz' Andrews

Chris Young ... Tom Lawrence

Megan Ward ... Katy

Jon Favreau ... Gutter

Alex Désert ... Mullaney
Gale Mayron ... Cecilia
Jake Grace ... Dave #1 (as Jake Beecham)

Darin Heames ... Dave #2

Matt Ross ... Raji (as Matthew Brandon Ross)

Stivi Paskoski ... Deege

Jody Racicot ... Pigman

Sarah Trigger ... Samantha

Viveka Davis ... Womynist #1

Maddie Corman ... Womynist #2

David Spade ... Rand McPherson

Thomas Mitchell ... Bantam Draper

Kevin Jubinville ... Carter Prescott

Jake Busey ... Mersh
Ted Kozma ... Kosmo
Theo Caldwell ... The Giggler

Jessica Walter ... President Garcia-Thompson
Colin Fox ... Trustee #1
Larry Reynolds ... Trustee #2
Becky Thyre ... Moonbeam
Kevin Thigpen ... Afrocentrist
Rob Gfroerer ... Computer Geek
Jonathan Wilson ... Gay Activist
Joel Bissonnette ... Sanskrit Major

M.J. Kang ... Physics Major
Trent McMullen ... Phys. Ed. Major
David Berni ... Jock #1

Jeff Clarke ... Jock #2
Valentina Cardinalli ... Signer
Adam Bocknek ... Folksinger

Zak Penn ... Bathroom Patron
Freddy Proia ... D.J.
Jeremy Harris ... Granola #1
R.J. Feher ... Granola #2 (as Jeff Feher)

Joel Keller ... Pretty Boy Dancer (as Joel S. Keller)
Lee Hoverd ... Cattle Butcher
Trie Donovan ... Flashback Girl (as Teresa Sherrer)
Jannie McInnes ... Scoreboard Flipper
Marcia Diamond ... Pampers Woman
Dick Callahan ... Liquor Store Guy
Stephen Jackson ... Townie #1
Pierre Larocque ... Townie #2
Shel Goldstein ... Gutter's Mother (as Shelley Goldstein)
Glenn K. Pearson ... Newscaster in Video Clip

George Clinton ... Himself
Greg Boyer ... Himself
Gary Cooper ... Himself
Bernie Cowan ... Himself
Ray Davis ... Himself
Louis Kabbabie ... Himself
Tracy Lewis ... Herself
Dewayne McKnight ... Himself
Cordell Mosson ... Himself
William Michael Payne ... Himself
Garry Shider ... Himself

Nicole Tindall ... Herself
Greg Thomas ... Himself
Andre Williams ... Himself
Belita Woods ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Natalie Gray ... Student (uncredited)
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio ... (uncredited)

Paolo Perin ... Hippie (uncredited)

Sarah Plommer ... Townie girl #1 (uncredited)

Danny Smith ... Superguy (uncredited)
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Directed by
Hart Bochner 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Adam Leff (written by) &
Zak Penn (written by)

Produced by
Barry Sabath .... co-producer
Paul Schiff .... producer
 
Original Music by
Steve Vai 
 
Cinematography by
Reynaldo Villalobos 
 
Film Editing by
Nicholas C. Smith 
 
Production Design by
Steven J. Jordan 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Zophres 
 
Makeup Department
Linda Gill .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
David Coatsworth .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Walters .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Tory Bellingham .... property master
Cameron S. Brooke .... key scenic artist
Robert C. Brooke .... lead scenic artist
James Halpenny .... construction coordinator
Jeff Poulis .... assistant property master
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Michael P. Cook .... dialogue editor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Cameron Frankley .... sound editor
Craig Heath .... sound recordist
Susan Kurtz .... sound effects editor
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Thomas Needell .... assistant sound editor
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Mike Szakmeister .... dialogue editor
Sherman Waze .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Mark Brunzell .... stunt double
Mic Jones .... stunt double
Mic Jones .... stunt rigger
Danny Lima .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator
John Stoneham Jr. .... utility stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Cassar .... camera operator
Mike Harwood .... electrician
Robert Kositchek .... director of photography: second unit
Rob McEwan .... still photographer
Robert McRae .... gaffer
John Medland .... additional still photographer
Herb Reischl Jr. .... rigging gaffer
 
Casting Department
Michael D. Segel .... extras casting
Greg Rubidge .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Loreen Lightfoot .... seamstress
Sheila E. Pruden .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Bob Allen .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Charlene Olson .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ralph Sall .... executive music producer
Curt Sobel .... music consultant
 
Transportation Department
Dave Marwick .... production driver
Robert Tenaglia .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Arthur Clarke .... assistant location manager
Greg Eby .... first assistant accountant
Elaine Thurston .... production accountant
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language, drug content and some sensuality
Runtime:
79 min
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Trivia:
Jeremy Piven contracted malaria during filming. He lost 8 pounds overnight. He passed out during filming of the scene at the bicentennial celebration. His weight loss is apparent between the beginning of the movie and the party scene in "the Pit".See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The "whooping crane" in the cage is actually a crowned crane.See more »
Quotes:
Katy:What about Naugahyde Windpipe?
Cecilia:Too metal.
Raji:Oedipus and the Mama's Boys.
Cecilia:Too college radio.
Deeje:My Johnson Is 12 Inches Long.
Cecilia:Interesting, but It doesn't really sound like a band name.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs JFK (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
Erotic CitySee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A solid, funny film that deserves to be a cult classic, 26 June 2005
Author: guyfromjerzee from United States

I'm really glad this movie was able to find its audience on video, because it deserves recognition. This is a damn good film! The unfortunate thing about a movie like "PCU" is that the "Animal House" comparisons are inevitable. But there's no point in comparing. "PCU" stands on its own two feet. "Animal House" is one take on college fraternities and "PCU" is another. It's like comparing "The Naked Gun" to "In the Heat of the Night," because they're both about cops. The characters and plot in this movie are in no way derivative of "Animal House." Jeremy Piven was a great choice for the lead. I've always been a fan of his, but he always gets stuck with supporting roles. In this case, he proves that he has the confidence to carry a lead role. His laid-back sense of humor makes the jokes all-the-more hilarious. I'm often more appreciative of comic actors who don't try to hammer a joke to death with mugging and wacky inflections. Piven delivers a joke the way it's supposed to be delivered--in a straight fashion. We don't see enough of that nowadays. And I can say the same about most of the actors in the film, with maybe the exception of David Spade. He's the type of actor, who can either be sarcastically funny or sarcastically annoying. He doesn't exactly provide the film's funniest moments, but he plays a moderately small role and doesn't get much of a chance to do any annoying shtick.

In the DVD commentary, Jeremy Piven mentioned that the actors weren't allowed to improvise, and he was very disapproving of director Hart Bochner's choice to follow the script verbatim. Luckily, that didn't exactly hurt the film, since the actors were working with a solid script. The point is the movie doesn't look scripted. Whether or not they actually were, the actors seemed comfortable with the material and delivered every gag with great precision. Besides, when you let actors improvise too much, that can also hurt a film. I liked the "Rush Hour" movies, but at times it's so evident that Chris Tucker was stepping out of character to make the audience laugh that there were parts where I was taken out of the movie. I certainly can't complain too much, because the comic style of "PCU" had a uniqueness to it that really stood out for me. After watching Hart Bochner's extremely broad spoof, "High School High," I wasn't exactly sure he had a knack for directing comedy. But in this case, he proved me wrong. The gags here are nowhere near as broad, and it helps that the actors don't act like they're in a comedy. Plus, there are very few cheap shots. Very few jokes about bodily functions of genitalia. In other words, the humor had a certain intelligence--something I DEFINITELY can't say about most comedies nowadays. This is not one of those comedies aimed at a teen to young adult audience, where you're allowed to have an I.Q. of 10. As you can tell from the memorable quotes section, there are plenty of great lines. "You're gonna wear the T-shirt of the band you're gonna go see? Don't be that guy." By the way, that's the only line Jeremy was allowed to improvise, for all you trivia buffs. The most memorable gag, in my opinion, is the one involving the sign language interpreter, who has to translate phrases like "butt pirate" and "pillow biter." No one can deny that gag was classic.

Another way cool thing about this movie: the gorgeous Megan Ward. I've never seen her look hotter. She has such a gorgeous girl-next-door look that when Chris Young's character got to kiss her, I felt his happiness. There's a great shot of her from behind, where she's wearing low-cut denim shorts. Very nice! So many elements of this movie just click. I loved the soundtrack too. The songs played over the opening and closing credits are both way cool, and plus you're treated to the great sounds of George Clinton during the film. It was an original idea to choose George Clinton, since you'd expect to see a hard rock or heavy metal band in a film of this sort. All in all, go see this overlooked gem of a movie! You won't be disappointed!

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