Dead Man On Campus

on August 21, 1998 by Michelle Santilli
"Dead Man On Campus" follows the same path that many college films have drunkenly stumbled down before. Devoid of style or wit, this film wastes the talent of some fine comedic actors. If you must sit through this movie, make sure you are as inebriated as you were in college.
   Josh (Tom Everett Scott) is a pre-med student who must maintain a B+ average in order to keep his scholarship. He carries a heavy load of classes and is intent on studying. His roommate, rich-boy Cooper (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), staggers into the dorm already stoned and proceeds to bring the party in with him. Josh soon falls behind in his classes as he tokes up with Cooper on a regular basis. And when Cooper's father shows up after learning that his son hasn't attended a single class, he threatens to yank Cooper from college and make him work in the family business scrubbing toilets. Petrified at their potential fates, they have no moral qualms about taking advantage of a loophole that could save their hides. It turns out that the college by-laws dictate that if your roommate kills himself, you get straight As, no matter what your actual grades are. Thus the search for a suicidal roommate ensues. They encounter some potentially interesting characters, particularly the maniacal Cliff (Lochlyn Munro), but the promising scenario is played for the cheapest of laughs.
   The movie does have a few funny moments. The highlight is Munro's zaniness and unbelievable commitment to his brazen character. His deft portrayal of Cliff offers the film's only laugh-out-loud guffaws. Save your money on this turkey and go rent "Animal House". Starring Tom Everett Scott, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Lochlyn Munro and Poppy Montgomery. Written by Michael Traeger and Mike White. Directed by Alan Cohn. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd. A Paramount release. Comedy. Rated R for drug use, language and crude sexual humor. Running time: 93 min
Tags: Tom Everett Scott, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Lochlyn Munro, Poppy Montgomery. Written by Michael Traeger and Mike White, Alan Cohn, Gale Anne Hurd, Paramount, Comedy

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