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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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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 Cliff O'Malley falls off a balcony after throwing water balloons the second time around and Josh and Cooper run over to him you can see the shadow of a mike boom. See more »


Cliff: [Josh is about to drink yellow liquid] That one's not beer!
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Crazy Credits

The opening sequence consists of diagrams of how to commit suicide as they would look if they were questions on a college midterm. See more »


Referenced in Undeclared: Truth or Dare (2002) See more »


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Written by Ian Sefchick
Performed by Creeper Lagoon
Courtesy of Nickel Bag Records
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Great Stress Relief
31 October 2004 | by (Peterborough, Canada) – See all my reviews

I own this movie and watch it several times a year. Why? Because when you are studying for exams you wish your school had a policy like this (and you could fake a death because who really wants a roommate to die?)

I find people are over-analyzing, and you have to take any movie with a grain of salt. All movies require a suspension of disbelief, as much of this is unbelievable, but it's a freakin' comedy! Not a statement on life. It pokes fun at a situation where many of us have been: most of us go through a slacker phase where the world is just too tough and you have to forget, just relax a little... still don't get how if we all need this there are still so many consequences but I digress.

Most of the intelligent stuff has been said already so I won't bore you by repeating the same sentiments. However, I do recommend this movie for when you can't get papers/exams out of your mind but you still need a break (or if you just feel like reliving that part of your life). It's better than "The Perfect Score" but that movie is also good for study breaks.

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