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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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Storyline

Oz, a rebellious teenager who just got expelled from his preppy school returns for one final prank. But as he goes to the basement to set things up, he stumbles upon a security consultant, former school employee, that just took the entire school hostage for millions in ransom. Oz must rely on his youth and love for pranks to outwit the devious criminal mastermind. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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The criminal mastermind of the century just met his match...


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Rated PG-13 for violence included in a children hostage situation, and for language | See all certifications »
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22 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Smart Alec  »

Box Office

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

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

The film made only £76 on it's UK cinema release, making it the lowest box office taking of 1998. See more »

Goofs

Bentley's guards are repeated; in other words, the same guard is in more than one place at once. See more »

Quotes

Ozzie: Take another step! You'll regret it.
[Happy Boy #7 takes a step]
Happy Boy #7: Now what are you gonna do about it?
Ozzie: You know, coal is still one of our most abundant natural resources.
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References Scream 2 (1997) See more »

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Can't Stand Up
Words by Tim Thomas
Music by Babe The Blue OX
Performed by Babe The Blue OX
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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completely silly, but kinda cool
17 March 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

We've seen movies about crafty teenagers playing a cat-and-mouse game with thieves so many times that it all gets blurred. But "Masterminds" is pretty entertaining. When shyster Rafe Bentley (a mustachioed Patrick Stewart) takes a school hostage, troublemaker Oswald Paxton (Vincent Kartheiser) decides to make Rafe's life a living hell. In a way, the movie is mostly a series of gags, but well done gags. This movie probably won't have any major effect on the cinematic landscape, but it doesn't pretend to be anything that it isn't. It's pure, unadulterated fun.

Maybe if thieves ever take over a place, I'll just use some of the gags that I learned from "Masterminds".


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