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When geeky Ethan discovers three fellow students scamming the examination system, he blackmails them to win over the college's most popular girl.

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Jeff Davis (as Michael Maronna)
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Angela Patton (as James King)
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Professor Markoe (as Don Michaelson M.D.)
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Storyline

Dave, Sam and Jeff are about to graduate from Holden University with Honors in lying, cheating and scheming. The three roommates have proudly scammed their way through the last four years of college and now, during the final exams, these big-men-on-campus are about to be busted by the most unlikely dude in school. Written by Screen Gems

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nerd | love | fall | blackmail | scam | See more »

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When all else fails... cheat. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for strong language and sexual content, and for brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hooking Up Ethan  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£152,078 (UK) (10 May 2002)

Gross:

£294,776 (UK) (17 May 2002)
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Trivia

During the "Three is the Magic Number" sequence, there is a shot of the boys performing on stage in tuxedos. Jason Schwartzman can be seen on the drums behind them. This scene was not actually shot for the movie, but rather, footage from a photo shoot. See more »

Goofs

When Ethan is video taping Angela and Dave next to the pool, he says his line next to the camera. When he is showing the video tape to Sam and Jeff, you can hear Angela's and Dave's voices clear from far away but you never hear Ethan's line. See more »

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Singing Waiter: When I say happy, you say birthday! Happy!
DaveJeffSam: Birthday!
DaveJeffSam: Happy!
DaveJeffSam: Birthday!
Singing Waiter: When I say birthday, you say party! Birthday!
DaveJeffSam: Party!
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Crazy Credits

Outtake footage featuring Jason Schwartzman and Cameron Diaz is shown after the end credits. She looks at the camera and says, "I've never done a porno before". He responds, "Until now, bitch!". See more »

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Lohengrin
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Title is an apt name for the filmmakers...
2 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A standard premise: a geeky college student blackmails a few cheaters into ingratiating him upon the girl for whom he has the hots. What he doesn't figure is that the scheme will backfire.

Formulaic, sophomoric comedy with a few sporadic chuckles, takes an odd turn at the climax which leaves the viewer confused as to whom exactly the main character was in the story. I won't reveal more than that, for I'll leave that to the moviegoers.

*1/2 out of ****


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