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Underclassman (2004)

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6

Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 78

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

4

Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 27

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

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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

David Wagner, Brent Goldberg

Jan 17, 2006

$5.6M

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All Critics (83) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (78) | DVD (8)

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

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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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.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This is one of those movies where at the end of the year you'll say, 'Underclassman, what was that about? I don't even remember it.'

September 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Less an original product than a shoddy tribute to other mediocre cop movies.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Hu, Marin and a very fine British actor, Hugh Bonneville (Iris) playing the school's headmaster, bring some desperately needed authenticity and texture to this Miramax film.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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If it weren't for the racist and puerile humour and the general laziness of the production, you could almost understand a movie like Underclassman. And maybe even forgive it.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Marcos Siega's movie is a smudged paint-by-numbers police story with every cliche except a 24-hour deadline to solve the case.

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
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.

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The finish, a rush of climaxes, can make you feel zoned at 3 a.m., trying to decide between TV and the wallpaper.

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Even the chase scenes sag as debut director Marcos Siega disappoints audiences at every turn.

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

It's mind-boggling that such relentlessly offensive trash ever finds financial backing from a major Hollywood studio.

May 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

The premise of The Underclassman is so familiar as to be groan-inducing, but the happy surprise is that it goes down very easily, and makes for agreeable summer light entertainment.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The smart-mouth-maverick-cop genre never looked more shopworn and played-out than in this halfhearted, half-baked mess.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It seems that the filmmakers behind Underclassman think that Nick Cannon is the second coming of comedy genius. The sad fact is that he ain't.

February 19, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Underclassman is primarily a string of clichés looking for a story.

January 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

However unfortunate or sad it is that people enjoy experiencing mediocre quality cinema, if you have nothing more stimulating to do on a Friday night, Underclassman could provide the entertainment -- not enlightenment -- you seek.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The film feels like the victim of too many rewrites and edits, with lots of plotlines that go nowhere or feel oddly unfulfilled.

September 21, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Cannon simply doesn't have the chemistry with his co-stars that he needs; it's as if he's trying to perform a one-man show

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Underclassman flails around for 95 of the draggiest minutes that you could possibly encounter.

September 10, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

At times Tracy's a sensitive guy who just needs a hug; at others, he's an obnoxious motormouth.

September 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Nick Cannon is a funny guy. Not only that, he's got talent and charisma. He deserves to be in a film that doesn't try its best to make him look bad.

September 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Underclassman can't seem to decide if it wants to be a cop comedy or take on a more serious tone. Either way, it doesn't succeed.

September 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers
Houston Community Newspapers

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.
December 29, 2007
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