Underclassman (2005)



Critic Consensus: 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.
PG-13 (for violence, sexual references, drug material and some teen drinking)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Nick Cannon
as Tracy Stokes
Roselyn Sanchez
as Karen Lopez
Shawn Ashmore
as Rob Donovan
Angelo Spizzirri
as David Boscoe
Hugh Bonneville
as Headmaster Felix Powers
Cheech Marin
as Captain Victor Delgado
Art Bonilla
as Cuervo
Bart McCarthy
as Earl the Bum
Kelly Hu
as Lisa Brooks
Ian Gomez
as Detective Gallecki
Ryan Beil
as Warren Williams
Peter Bryant
as Michael Barry
Sam Easton
as Oliver Horn
Mary Pat Gleason
as Ms. Hagery
as April
Nicole Garza
as Candice
Pete Kasper
as Botany Professor
NiCole Robinson
as Female Teacher
J.R. Dyer
as Math Professor
Duke Shibley
as Geek Math Guy
Johnny Lewis
as Alexander Jeffries
Wayne King Jr.
as Referee
Terry Chen
as Sleepy Jones
Keith Dallas
as Melvin the Security Guard
Jamie Kaler
as Beach Police Officer
Dan Mellor
as Holding Cell Officer
Don R. McManus
as Julian Reynolds
Ben Cotton
as Raver
Brandy Heidrick
as High School Hottie No. 1
Madeline H.D. Brown
as High School Hottie No. 2
Zak Santiago
as Anderson
Dan Shea
as Weston
Biski Gugushe
as Dispatcher
Angelo Fierro
as Paramedic
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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
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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.

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 25, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

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
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Less an original product than a shoddy tribute to other mediocre cop movies.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Underclassman

Reasonable entertainment for teens, but don't expect much if you have outgrown those days. As a youth it was a solid action comedy, but I found less excitement when I tried watching it again. (First viewing - Fall 2005 in theaters)

Adam R
Adam R

This movie was far less cheesy and over-the-top than I expected it to be. It's not an original story by any means, but it's still entertaining and worth the hour and a half. Nick Cannon is a far better actor than he is a musician.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

Seriously. Wow. There's lame, and then there's lame, and then there's this crap. Nick Cannon proves why he's not in more movies, and Shawn Ashmore couldn't play a villian if the word were tattooed on his forehead. The lone star is for inexplicably keeping me awake at work after pulling an all-nighter.

Joseph Wade
Joseph Wade

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