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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Randy Pearlstein ...
Mark Carapezza ...
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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jason Segel who plays Kyle and Alyson Hannigan who plays Lucy would later go on to play Marshal Erikson and Lily Aldrin-Erikson (husband and wife) in How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) 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 »


Josh Miller: There's only one thing that can save you now.
Cooper Frederickson: What? Valium?
Josh Miller: No, studying! You need to study.
Cooper Frederickson: What? You're insane!
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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 »


Version of Dead Man's Curve (1998) See more »


Cowboy Song
Written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James & Dave Rowntree (as Alex Rowntree)
Performed by Blur
Produced by Dust Brothers (as The Dust Brothers)
Blur performs courtesy of Parlophone / Food
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Total fun
12 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This comedy is fun. It's not meant to education; it's meant to entertain. Mark Paul Gosselaar shines as a comedic actor, and his talents were further evidenced after he was an NYPD Blue addition (a HUGE contrast from DMOC, obviously.) The premise is unique, and the acting was good. Yes, it may lag a bit in the 2nd act and the writing can become a tad labored, but nonetheless, this is a totally fun movie with great performances and hijinx. If you have not seen it, get a group of friends together who actually have a sense of humor, get some good eats, and have a blast.

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