Critics Consensus

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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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 scams designed to plagiarize essays, skip midterms, and covertly manipulate bell curves. When deranged geek Ethan (Schwartzman) -- who harbors a psychotic fixation for a flaxen-haired co-ed named Angela (James King) -- gets wind of their scheming, he blackmails Dave and the gang into contriving a date between him and his crush. But as Dave cozies up to Angela, he realizes that no amount of scheming can hide the fact that he's the one that's truly in love. Slackers went by a number of working titles while in production at the ill-fated upstart Destination Films; when Destination went belly-up, the film sat on the shelf for over a year before being picked up for release by Sony's Screen Gems division.


Jaime King
as Angela
Sam Anderson
as Charles Patton
Travis Davis
as Airborne Driver
Charles Dougherty
as Astronomy Professor
Cameron Diaz
as Movie Star
Rick Dubov
as Security Guard
Gina Gershon
as Woman in bar (Uncredited)
Margaret Easley
as Receptionist
Mary Faulkner
as Female Executive
Joe Flaherty
as Mr. Leonard
Jason Garner
as Singing Waiter
Todd Giebenhain
as Stoned Testtaker
Alissa Kramer
as Hottie No. 2
Heidi Kramer
as Hottie No. 3
Wesley Mann
as Male Executive
Michael McDonald
as Economics Professor
Don Michaelson
as Professor Markoe
Jim Rash
as Head T.A.
as Office Manager
Marilyn Staley
as Singing Waitress
Kim Stanwood
as Dave's Mom
Michael Swiney
as Homeless Guy
Mamie Van Doren
as Mrs. Van Graaf
Leigh Taylor-Young
as Valerie Patton
Gedde Watanabe
as Japanese Proctor
Melanie Deanne Moore
as Pissed Off Co-Ed
Tom Retta
as Office Manager
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Critic Reviews for Slackers

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Audience Reviews for Slackers

  • Apr 18, 2011
    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.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2009
    Jason Schwartzman. thats it.
    Coxxie M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2008
    I loved Jaime King. There's some really funny scenes worth watching, and a plot entertaining enough. One of the best scenes is the song Jason Schwartzman sings at the end. It should be on the radio.
    Sam R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2008
    Jason Schwartzman's really really bad move.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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