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Underclassman (2005)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 2 September 2005 (USA)
A young detective goes undercover at an elite private school to destroy an international stolen car ring.

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Cast

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Adrian Young ...
Jose
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Cuervo
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Earl the Bum
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Lisa Brooks
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Detective Gallecki
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Captain Victor Delgado
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Warren Williams
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Michael Barry
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David Boscoe
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Oliver Horn
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Ms. Hagerty
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Des
MyCale Guyton ...
April (as MyCale)
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A young detective goes undercover at an elite private school to destroy an international stolen car ring.

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A Comedy About Upholding The Law And Disturbing The Peace See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual references, drug material and some teen drinking | See all certifications »

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2 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Aprendiz de detective  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,086,127, 4 September 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,654,777, 16 October 2005
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Originally set for a US theatrical release in 2004. Then two massive waves of layoffs were sustained at Miramax and Dimension, and the infamous Disney and Miramax split reached it's height. This film thus remained in the Miramax vaults unreleased during this time of uncertainty. When the Disney and Miramax divorce was finally completed, numerous films under the Miramax and Dimension label were finally released theatrically. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Rob Donovan: If I get so much as a scratch on this car, my dad will kill me.
Tracy Stokes: [car blows up] Your daddy gon' kill you.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride Ride
Written by Will.i.am (as William Adams), Printz Board and John Legend (as John Stephens)
Performed by John Legend
Courtesy of Will.I.Am Music/BBE/Beat Gen
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trying to balance this out
29 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

I don't usually give praise to many movies - am too critical. However, like a few others viewers who cared to remark, I'm shocked that so many on IMDb gave this flick such a low rating, so I have to retaliate.

The reason I give this props is twofold: (1) I usually hate sophomoric humor and many films directed at a teen audience. However, Cannon's quick-witted, disarming lines made me laugh the whole way through. His dry, comic delivery is underrated and unpredictable, to say the least. As for the racism observations, I'm white, and I think that charge is ridiculous. Sure, there's racial humor, but get a funnybone - it's a joke. can't you laugh at yourself? We whites tend to have a stick up our butts - the characters played off each other. Why react with such sensitivity? The comedy definitely shines.

(2) At least 4-6 of the characters develop to some extent. It's a kind of coming of age story for Cannon who proves not only his professional sense and skills but his interpersonal growth with peers. He's not sensitive to the rejection and pushes through, adapting his behavior until he wins confidence. A lesson for most of us. While it's true that most characters are foils by comparison to Cannon, the lead, the supporting cast are NOT completely flat characters. The Captain, two other police officers and at least two students and one teacher come to put things in new perspective or grow up, in one way or another.

In short, this is not just the mindless fluff other viewers seem to see. Yes, there were clichés, and the script was often predictable, but welcome to 95% of big or small screen writing in America, these days. If you like sardonic wit, humorous ghetto-talk and a bit of silliness with some serious undercurrents, growth and bonding - lessons of friendship - ignore the dissing and take a look for yourself. It made me chuckle for over an hour and made my day.


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