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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 10%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Nicks and Steinberg match their own creations for pure venality -- that's giving it the old college try."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"good acting, nothing much more"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"...should have been a lot better."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"You really have to wonder how on earth anyone, anywhere could have thought they'd make audiences guffaw with a script as utterly diabolical as this."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"If it's unlikely to stimulate the brain cells, it will almost certainly make you laugh out loud."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Airs the same kind of randy, testosterone-fueled humor that has been a staple of comedies about college party guys since Animal House."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"It's several good jokes, a whole lot of character development and some skilled direction away from crossing the line from moronic to crudely inspired."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"This may be a vaguely gratifying rent someday if you are intrigued with Schwartzman's early movies. He'll surely be around for a while."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
"Isn't it a pity when the best words a film critic can say about a movie are 'not an absolute bomb'?"
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Calculated swill."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"[I]t may be the first movie ever targeted to John Hinkley, about the only person I can see as the target audience."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"I found myself laughing a lot."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The less said about this, the better."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
"Ultimately as generic as its title."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
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