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Slackers (2002)

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10

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 94

Another teen comedy with little on its mind but moving to the next gross-out gag, Slackers strains for laughs and features grating characters.

6

Average Rating: 2.5/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 30

Another teen comedy with little on its mind but moving to the next gross-out gag, Slackers strains for laughs and features grating characters.

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51

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 28,278

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Movie Info

Three lifelong cheaters wise up in this gross-out college comedy, which marks the second feature role for Rushmore star Jason Schwartzman. It's the last semester of senior year for roomies Dave (Devon Sawa), Sam (Jason Segel), and Jeff (Michael C. Maronna), a trio of twenty-somethings whose enthusiasm for higher learning is matched only by their enthusiasm for root canals performed without the aid of anesthesia. As such, their entire collegiate existence has been an elaborate series of cons and

R,

Comedy

David H. Steinberg

May 28, 2002

$4.8M

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All Critics (106) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (94) | DVD (12)

This debut for helmer and vid vet Dewey Nicks and scribe David H. Steinberg, a feverishly naughty revenge comedy, is awful and subversively spunky at the same time.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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If it's unlikely to stimulate the brain cells, it will almost certainly make you laugh out loud.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Calculated swill.

January 20, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Nicks and Steinberg match their own creations for pure venality -- that's giving it the old college try.

February 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Airs the same kind of randy, testosterone-fueled humor that has been a staple of comedies about college party guys since Animal House.

February 4, 2002
Detroit News
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[I]t may be the first movie ever targeted to John Hinkley, about the only person I can see as the target audience.

February 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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good acting, nothing much more

April 24, 2008

It's several good jokes, a whole lot of character development and some skilled direction away from crossing the line from moronic to crudely inspired.

July 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

I found myself laughing a lot.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

...should have been a lot better.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

This may be a vaguely gratifying rent someday if you are intrigued with Schwartzman's early movies. He'll surely be around for a while.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

The less said about this, the better.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

You really have to wonder how on earth anyone, anywhere could have thought they'd make audiences guffaw with a script as utterly diabolical as this.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Isn't it a pity when the best words a film critic can say about a movie are 'not an absolute bomb'?

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Ultimately as generic as its title.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It turns out to be a cut above the norm, thanks to some clever writing and sprightly acting.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

It's elevated into watchability thanks to the presence of Jason Schwartzman and some inspired off-the-wall moments amongst the smutty gags.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

There is so much wrong with Slackers, it may be more efficient simply to point out the one acceptable ingredient: Jason Schwartzman.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Its effect could appeal only to hardcore masochists: you pay it $9.50 and it spends the next two-hours laughing at how dumb you are.

August 27, 2002 Full Review

Going with this title is about as original as calling the movie Animal Houses.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

This is not your average low-brow university comedy; these filmmakers have a much more twisted sense of humour, pulling laughs from the most surprising places to liven up what is essentially just a sweet romance.

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Although not the best comedy in recent memory, it's not the worst either.

July 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Supercala.com
Supercala.com

Asking serious questions about such movies usually is pointless, but how stupid do director Dewey Nicks and writer David H. Steinberg think women are?

June 21, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for Slackers

Jason Schwartzman. thats it.
August 5, 2009
LoughnerWasLucid

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There is a flavor to this film, designated to a distinct group of people. I am one of those people. The cast is a compilation of favorite comics that spans over several generations: Jason Segel (Freaks & Geeks, How I Met Your Mother), Laura Prepon (That 70's Show), Michael C. Maronna (Adventures of Pete & Pete), and of course, Jason Schwartzman, who appears to have almost built this part for himself. For a college kid comedy, "Slackers" is everything I wanted it to be.
April 18, 2011
xas5

Super Reviewer

Devon Sawa is a slacker who falls in love with a girl, girl then finds out he's been up to something and this is twisted so it...I'm bored of talking about the plot. Let's move onto characters: high school "slackers" who get away with lots of stuff and Jason Schwartzman playing a guy who goes beyond creepy to plain dislikable and weird - and not in a good way. I think I laughed once if that's any recommendation, but it might have been about something else.
June 11, 2008
Lemure

Super Reviewer

Jason Schwartzman's really really bad move.
April 25, 2008
SunilJawahir

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