Slackers (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  1 February 2002 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Davis (as Michael Maronna)
Angela Patton (as James King)
Airborne Express Driver
Head T.A. Philip
Karl, the Grad Student
Don Michaelson ...
Professor Markoe (as Don Michaelson M.D.)
Bruna, the Office Manager
Marilyn Staley ...
Singing Waitress
Jason Garner ...
Singing Waiter
Japanese Proctor
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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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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,785,283 (USA) (1 February 2002)


£294,776 (UK) (17 May 2002)

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Did You Know?


The original name for the movie was "The Undergrads", but, it was changed to avoid any confusion with there being a movie of the popular MTV animated series Undergrads (2001) See more »


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 »


Mrs. Van Graaf: [after exposing her large breasts to get a sponge bath] Kiss my nipple, honey.
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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 »


Referenced in 3 Idiots (2009) See more »


Written by Justin Stanley
Performed by Justin Stanley
Courtesy Sound Hustlers
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An under-rated subversive take on the normal teen fare
22 January 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I'm actually a huge fan of all teen films, but I think this one was vastly under-rated. Some comments give the impression that it is another gross-out teen romp with nothing new to offer. In actual fact although it may be ranked alongside films such as American Pie Road Trip etc, and though it shares common themes, it is actually a far superior film. As a result, people expect a film similar to the aforementioned, and are faced instead with one which has slightly more to offer. I found this very entertaining and surprising; quite subversive and original in actual fact, more likely to appeal to a greater intellect than that of a 13 year-old the jokes are more ironic and subtle in general, with a few obvious "gross-out" moments sprinkled in between. Though these as well are done with tongue firmly in cheek.

I would highly recommend this film, and prepare to be presently surprised by a film that most people fobbed off as another teen movie, but which is actually a lot more than that.

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