Slackers (2002)

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Critic 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.
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R (for strong language and sexual content, and for brief drug use)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Devon Sawa
as Dave
Jaime King
as Angela
Laura Prepon
as Reanna
Sam Anderson
as Charles Patton
Travis Davis
as Airborne Driver
Charles Dougherty
as Astronomy Professor
Shelley Dowdy
as Shelley
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
Nat Faxon
as Karl
Joe Flaherty
as Mr. Leonard
Jason Garner
as Singing Waiter
Todd Giebenhain
as Stoned Testtaker
Jon Kasdan
as Barry
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
Howard Mungo
as Doctor
Jim Rash
as Head T.A.
Retta
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
Melanie Deanne Moore
as Pissed Off Co-Ed
Gedde Watanabe
as Japanese Proctor
Tom Retta
as Office Manager
James King
as Angela
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Critic Reviews for Slackers

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (32)

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.

Full Review… | April 2, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

If it's unlikely to stimulate the brain cells, it will almost certainly make you laugh out loud.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Calculated swill.

January 20, 2003
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.

Full Review… | February 5, 2002
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
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Slackers

½

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 Haskell
Christopher Haskell

Super Reviewer

Jason Schwartzman. thats it.

Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

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.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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