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Dead Man on Campus (1998)

R | | Comedy | 21 August 1998 (USA)
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Two college roommates go out and party, resulting in bad grades. They learn of the clause that says, "If your roommate dies, you get an A," and decide to find someone who is on the verge, so to speak, to move in with them.

Director:

Alan Cohn

Writers:

Anthony Abrams (story), Adam Larson Broder (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Everett Scott ... Josh
Mark-Paul Gosselaar ... Cooper
Poppy Montgomery ... Rachel
Lochlyn Munro ... Cliff
Randy Pearlstein Randy Pearlstein ... Buckley
Corey Page ... Matt
Alyson Hannigan ... Lucy
Mari Morrow ... Kristin
Dave Ruby Dave Ruby ... Zeke
Mark Carapezza Mark Carapezza ... Hank
Jeff Tarpley Jeff Tarpley ... Jerry (as Jeff T)
Jason Segel ... Kyle
Linda Cardellini ... Kelly
Aeryk Egan Aeryk Egan ... Pickle
Judyann Elder ... Guidance Counselor
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Storyline

Josh, (Scott) a college student on a scholarship, gets taught the about crazy nightlife of being in college by his unreliable roommate Cooper (Gosselaar) and fails his midterms due to being unprepared. With Cooper's father no longer willing to pay his son's way through college, and Josh needing to keep up his grades or risk losing his scholarship, the two learn of a hidden clause in the school's rules that basically says "if your roommate commits suicide, you get straight A's." Since neither are willing to do so, they instead decide to invite a suicidal colleague in. - and push him over the edge. Written by Damon

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Taglines:

Roommate Wanted...For a Limited Time Only

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language and crude sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un cadavre sur le campus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,704,688, 23 August 1998

Gross USA:

$15,064,946

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,064,946
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Runtime:

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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Professor Durkheim is presumably named after the French sociologist Emile Durkheim, the first academic to study suicide extensively. See more »

Goofs

Buckley mentions losing half his brain to "falling asleep at Newark Airport", but if he'd really lost half his brain, he'd at least be in a stroke-like state, unable to control half his body. However, Buckley is paranoid, so this is excusable. See more »

Quotes

Cliff: They hate it when you do this.
[shoots gun at cops]
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, names of cast and crew appear as answer choices on a Scantron test form and booklet. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

When The Curtain Calls For You
Written by Walter Martin, Tom Frank, Matt Barrick, Stewart Lupton & Paul Maroon
Performed by Jonathan Fire Eater
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
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Took Me Totally by Surprise
17 April 2005 | by Brian2005See all my reviews

I started to watch this movie not expecting anything other than a few laughs. It turned out to be a lot more, Hilarious is the word I'm looking for. Basic plot revolves around 2 collage students, both roommates, one is smart(Josh) and wants to do the best he can in his exams, he studies and doesn't party. The other(Cooper) is intent on doing no work, doesn't go to his classes, likes his bong and late night party's. Cooper slowly pulls Josh into his world of Partys and Beer and it starts to show on his Collage work. Then comes the wacky loophole that if they have a roommate that commits suicide then there other roommates automatically pass there exams. Now, Enter the wacky roommates, handpicked by Cooper and Josh, that are all "on the edge". The rest will have your sides splitting. All the Characters play their parts well, especially the insane roommates, but none more so than Cliff. He steals the show and whenever the film was getting boring and uninteresting, he would pop back up and bring this hilarious comedy back to life. Typical Teenage comedy packed with laughs but a rather far fetched plot, Cliff's wacky ways of dealing with cop car chases and putting out hair fires make this stand out above most.


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