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Dead Man on Campus (1998)

R | | Comedy | 21 August 1998 (USA)
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Two college roommates go out and party, resulting in bad grades. They learn of the clause that says, "If your roommate dies, you get an A," and decide to find someone who is on the verge, so to speak, to move in with them.

Director:

Alan Cohn

Writers:

Anthony Abrams (story), Adam Larson Broder (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Everett Scott ... Josh
Mark-Paul Gosselaar ... Cooper
Poppy Montgomery ... Rachel
Lochlyn Munro ... Cliff
Randy Pearlstein Randy Pearlstein ... Buckley
Corey Page ... Matt
Alyson Hannigan ... Lucy
Mari Morrow ... Kristin
Dave Ruby Dave Ruby ... Zeke
Mark Carapezza Mark Carapezza ... Hank
Jeff Tarpley Jeff Tarpley ... Jerry (as Jeff T)
Jason Segel ... Kyle
Linda Cardellini ... Kelly
Aeryk Egan Aeryk Egan ... Pickle
Judyann Elder ... Guidance Counselor
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Storyline

Josh, (Scott) a college student on a scholarship, gets taught the about crazy nightlife of being in college by his unreliable roommate Cooper (Gosselaar) and fails his midterms due to being unprepared. With Cooper's father no longer willing to pay his son's way through college, and Josh needing to keep up his grades or risk losing his scholarship, the two learn of a hidden clause in the school's rules that basically says "if your roommate commits suicide, you get straight A's." Since neither are willing to do so, they instead decide to invite a suicidal colleague in. - and push him over the edge. Written by Damon

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Taglines:

Roommate Wanted...For a Limited Time Only

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language and crude sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un cadavre sur le campus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,704,688, 23 August 1998

Gross USA:

$15,064,946

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,064,946
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Segel (Kyle) and Alyson Hannigan (Lucy) would later go on to play Marshal Erikson and Lily Aldrin (husband and wife) on How I Met Your Mother from 2005 to 2014. See more »

Goofs

Buckley mentions losing half his brain to "falling asleep at Newark Airport", but if he'd really lost half his brain, he'd at least be in a stroke-like state, unable to control half his body. However, Buckley is paranoid, so this is excusable. See more »

Quotes

Cooper: You can't be suicidal if you're singing show tunes!
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, names of cast and crew appear as answer choices on a Scantron test form and booklet. See more »

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Spoofs Carrie (1976) See more »

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Bear Witness
Written by Dan The Automator
Performed by Dr. Octagon
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records and Bulk Recordings
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not that bad
11 April 1999 | by JackmasterSee all my reviews

A friend dragged me to this film when it came out at the theater, but I had absolutely no desire to see it. I left pleasantly surprised, but over time I began to wonder if it was just my mood or my low expectations that made it seem halfway decent. I watched DMOC again the other day, curious as hell, and found that I liked it just as much the second time. This is definitely not an academy award winning movie, but it is quite a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I was afraid I was going to get stuck seeing that wacko Cliff guy make an ass of himself and the other two for 90 min., but luckily he was only in it for a minimal amount of time. Instead, the movie focused mainly on the relationship that develops between Cooper and Josh, as they both take on aspects of each other's personalities. It's a pretty relevant film for anyone living in a dorm; most college students should be able to relate to at least some of the situations Cooper and Josh get themselves into. And, unlike a few others who have commented, I did find some humor in several of the scenes. How could you not laugh when that "depressed" musician pulled out a brush and started singing "cabaret" into it? Overall, if you're not expecting much, you won't be disappointed. In fact, you might actually LIKE it.


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