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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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Consists of little more than tired racial jokes and fish-out-of-water gags."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"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.'"
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Marcos Siega's movie is a smudged paint-by-numbers police story with every cliche except a 24-hour deadline to solve the case."
‑ Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
"The finish, a rush of climaxes, can make you feel zoned at 3 a.m., trying to decide between TV and the wallpaper."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The premise of The Underclassman is so familiar as to be groan-inducing, but the happy surprise is that it goes down very easily, and makes for agreeable summer light entertainment."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"Less an original product than a shoddy tribute to other mediocre cop movies."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Meant as a vehicle to deliver young actor Nick Cannon to headliner status, this lame comedy just limps along like a tricycle with bent rims."
‑ Corey Hall, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Even the chase scenes sag as debut director Marcos Siega disappoints audiences at every turn."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Fill a movie with enough racial jokes, speedy car chases and a handful of mysterious characters, and you're bound to woo the public, right? Not quite."
‑ Chelsea Bain, Boston Herald
"Almost comically unambitious, Underclassman seldom tries to be funny, and never even attempts to be original."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"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."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Cannon co-executive produced so he has to accept some of the blame for the lack of laughs and thrills, leaving Hugh Bonneville to ham it up for all he's worth as the school's snobbish headmaster."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"It's mind-boggling that such relentlessly offensive trash ever finds financial backing from a major Hollywood studio."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"The smart-mouth-maverick-cop genre never looked more shopworn and played-out than in this halfhearted, half-baked mess."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
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