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Masterminds (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Thriller, Comedy  |  22 August 1997 (USA)
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Trapped in a school which a gang of criminals has siezed control, a young troublemaker fights a cat and mouse battle from inside.



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Rated PG-13 for violence included in a children hostage situation, and for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Smart Alec  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,014,606 (USA) (22 August 1997)


$1,890,472 (USA) (5 September 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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References Scream 2 (1997) See more »


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Written by Christopher Hall / Jim Sellers / Walter Flakus / Andy Kubiszewski
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Technologically literate teen comedy
30 March 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All right, the plot IS stupid. There are, however, very few films that treat computer work and technology at all well, even fewer show a realistic malcontent teen as a hero, and both Stewart and Kartheiser do an excellent job within the limits of the material.

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