Underclassman (2005)



Critic Consensus: Despite the appealing presence of Nick Cannon, Underclassman is a shopworn Beverly Hills Cop/ 21 Jump Street knockoff.

Movie Info

Nick Cannon stars in this comedy thriller as a 24-year-old police detective who takes no small amount of ribbing from his fellow officers for his boyish looks. His appearance, however, lands him a plumb assignment at a posh private high school, where he discovers the students are operating an underground business stealing and selling luxury cars. The Underclassman also stars Cheech Marin, Roselyn Sanchez, and Kelly Hu.

Rating: PG-13 (for violence, sexual references, drug material and some teen drinking)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David T. Wagner, Brent Goldberg, David Wagner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 17, 2006
Box Office: $5.6M
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as Earl the Bum

as Lisa Brooks

as Detective Gallecki

as Warren Williams

as Michael Barry

as Oliver Horn

as Ms. Hagery

as April

as Candice

as Botany Professor

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as Math Professor

as Geek Math Guy

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Critic Reviews for Underclassman

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (29)

Consists of little more than tired racial jokes and fish-out-of-water gags.

Full Review… | June 10, 2013
Associated Press
Top Critic

This is geared toward the preteen set, but director Marcos Siega proves inept at executing the most basic dramatic and comedic setups, and Cannon's mugging and preening quickly grow tiresome.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Almost comically unambitious, Underclassman seldom tries to be funny, and never even attempts to be original.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Marcos Siega's movie is a smudged paint-by-numbers police story with every cliche except a 24-hour deadline to solve the case.

Full Review… | June 10, 2013
Tampa Bay Times

Meant as a vehicle to deliver young actor Nick Cannon to headliner status, this lame comedy just limps along like a tricycle with bent rims.

Full Review… | June 10, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Cannon co-executive produced so he has to accept some of the blame for the lack of laughs and thrills, leaving Hugh Bonneville to ham it up for all he's worth as the school's snobbish headmaster.

Full Review… | June 10, 2013
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Underclassman

A waste of time movie but entertaining enough to watch on TV at 1 in the morning. It should have been a made for TV anyway.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

unfortunately, throwing a bunch of plots together doesn't make a whole. and everything that it copies from other movies, has been done before and better.

This was very funny. Cannon is hysterical in any part he plays. He excels in this as the spunky younger undercover cop/ high school student.

Heather Metzger

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