Dead Man on Campus (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  21 August 1998 (USA)
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Two college roommates go out and party, resulting in bad grades. They learn of the clause that says, "If your roommate dies, you get an A," and decide to find someone who is on the verge, so to speak, to move in with them.



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Jeff Tarpley ...
Jerry (as Jeff T)
Aeryk Egan ...
Guidance Counselor


Two college roommates go out and party, resulting in bad grades. They learn of the "if your roommate dies, you get an A" clause, and decide to find someone who is "on the verge" so to speak to move in with them. Written by Christy

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Roommate Wanted...For a Limited Time Only



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language and crude sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un cadavre sur le campus  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,704,688 (USA) (21 August 1998)


$15,062,898 (USA) (20 November 1998)

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Did You Know?


In the film, Kyle (played by Jason Segal) dates Kelly (played by Linda Cardellini). Segal and Cardellini would go on to play a couple again in TV series Freaks and Geeks in 1999, as well as date in real life. See more »


When Cooper breaks into the Admin building to steal the student records, he approaches a filing cabinet and tries to open it and says it's locked. However, the lock on the filing cabinet at the top is ejected, which is an indication that the file cabinet drawers are unlocked. If the cabinet was truly locked, the lock would have been pushed in. However, this could be deliberate - Cooper isn't exactly the brightest bulb; it's possible he just doesn't know how to properly open a file cabinet. See more »


Cliff: I really shouldn't be driving, I have a suspended license.
Cooper Frederickson: Really? For what?
Cliff: Attempted vehiclular manslaughter... whatever the FUCK that means!
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, names of cast and crew appear as answer choices on a Scantron test form and booklet. See more »


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A film for idiots. 8/10
8 November 2001 | by (Kimberling City, MO.) – See all my reviews

I'm an idiot. I loved this movie. Not only did I watch it MORE than once, I bought the DVD so now I have the benefit of watching this highly underrated piece of trash anytime I want. Let me do a brief description of Dead Man on Campus for those out there who don't know: An uptight med-student Scott (Werewolf in Paris) moves in with constantly partying Gossellar (you guessed it, Saved by the Bell) and starts to loosen up a bit. In the midst of all the all-night beer blasts and sex, the two start flunking out. They hear from a drunk, that if a roomate kills himself, then the other will be awarded a 4.0 grade-average. So starts the search for a suicidal roommate.

Now the premise is nowhere near as funny as it thinks, but what really gives this one staying power is its assortment of characters. Everyone loves Cliff O'Malley and his "I got some beers....Let's drink em'!!!" and who can ever forget the pseudo, British goth-boy Matt Noonan. His hairbrush scene is a riot and worth a rental in itself.

This is a no-brainer movie people and it's exactly what you would expect from an MTV production. The only thing missing is the gratutitus nudity that was so prevalent in the slew of college party-comedies of the 80s. What the hell, you can't have everything right? This one has almost enough laughs to make up for it. Call the boys over, crack open some Coors and laugh your ass off.

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