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Cheats (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 1 November 2002 (USA)
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A group of friends cheat their way through high school.

Director:

Andrew Gurland

Writer:

Andrew Gurland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Anderson ... 2nd Grade Teacher
Babs Chula ... Mrs. Rosengarden (as Babz Chula)
Dixon Cohee ... Greedy
Casey Dubois Casey Dubois ... Handsome - 2nd Grade & Kindergarten
Griffin Dunne ... Mr. Davis
Trevor Fehrman Trevor Fehrman ... Handsome
Leonie Haworth Leonie Haworth ... Julie - 2nd Grade
Brandy Kopp ... Hot Girl #1 (as Brandy Heidrick)
Elden Henson ... Sammy
P.J. Johal ... Semi-Foreigner
Brett Kelly ... Sammy - 2nd Grade & Kindergarten
David Krumholtz ... Evan Rosengarden
Matthew Lawrence ... Victor
Maggie Lawson ... Julie
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mrs. Stark
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Storyline

While other kids buy into countless hours of studying just so they can get a mark in some teacher's report book, Handsome Davis sees it as nothing more than a system of control over your mind. That's why Handsome and his three best friends Sammy, Victor and the cribsheet genius Applebee have banded together and found ways to cheat on their tests all through their school years. Everything had been going along smoothly until the gang entered their final year of high school and the stakes were upped by the school's principal, Mrs. Stark. If they get caught cheating again Stark will make a note in their permanent records and possibly kill their chances of getting into college. But can Handsome convince his pals to pull off one last, great cheat with him and outsmarting Stark and the system, even if it means possibly destroying their friendships? Written by Anonymous

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for thematic elements, some language and crude sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chea+ers See more »

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real Applebee refused to take part in the documentary based on the actual Cheats, and as such his name had to be censored whenever used. See more »

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Marty the Janitor: Jimmy Carter!
Handsome: [pause] No, thank you.
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Crazy Credits

Opening disclaimer: What you are about to see is inspired by a true story. Certain characters and situations have been fictionalized. See more »

Alternate Versions

A plotline was filmed in which Applebee has a stroke shortly after the anonymous letter had been handed in. While in reality this did actually happen to the man whom the character was based on, test audiences thought it to be too unbelievable and so it was cut. See more »

Soundtracks

CAN'T GET THE BEST OF ME
Written by B-Real, Senen Reyes, Larry Muggerud, Eric Bobo Correa and Brad Wilk
Performed by Cypress Hill
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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It's a shame this didn't get a theatrical release!
17 November 2002 | by jellyneckrSee all my reviews

I first heard about this movie way back in May of 2001 when it was scheduled to get a theatrical release under the title of CHEATERS. The release date was changed and then changed again. A year passed by and for a while, I thought this movie would never see the light of day. Then earlier this month I finally saw the movie [after being retitled CHEATS] when it premiered on Cinemax. I loved every moment of the movie. It combines a perfect balance of comedy and drama that is hard to find in movies these days. The plot concerns four high school students, Handsome [Trevor Fehrman], Sammy [Elden Henson], Victor [Matthew Lawrence], and Applebee [Martin Starr] who cheat their way through school until one day they slip up and as their last year comes to a close, so does their friendship. To give away anymore about the plot would be wrong, but the movie is more about its characters than its plot. All four of the main characters are fully developed and each one of them has characteristics that make them the most likeable group of characters I've seen in a movie in quite some time. I hope New Line Cinema releases this movie to video and DVD since a movie like this is bound to become a cult favorite. ****


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