Deadman On Campus

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2 1/2

Josh Miller (Tom Everett Scott), on academic scholarship, goes to his college classes and studies. However, he's soon seduced by his roommate, Cooper (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), into cutting classes and partying. In fact, Cooper hasn't been to class at all. When Josh flunks his mid-terms, he discovers that no matter how well he does on his test finales, he is certain to lose his scholarship. With the threat of being put to work in "the family business", Cooper devises a plan to keep his scholarship money. He learns about a school rule which says that if a student kills himself, any student residing with him will be awarded high grades, despite academic performance. Cooper's plan is to get a suicidal student to live with him who will kill himself. When they finally find their new room mate they have trouble convincing him that life isn't worth living. This theme of suicide creates a dark element in the comedy as the boys try to find the right suicidal student. Even with this sensitive questionable element, DEADMAN ON CAMPUS is comical and will likely appeal to teenagers and younger adults but older audience may have trouble identifying with the characters.

Along with the zany comedy, a lot of teenagers are shown using drugs and drinking in this picture, and such behavior is condoned. So is the premarital sex that is implied twice and the homosexual sex that is implied once. Also. there's plenty of objectionable language in the film including 45 f and s words, 21 crudities and three regular profanities. In addition, there are several occurrences of sexually suggestive dialogue and action as well as one scene of male rear nudity. The suicidal theme is sure to offend many viewers. Condoned drug use, teenage drinking, condoned immoral sexual behavior and objectionable language will turn discerning viewers away from this disgusting film.

Preview Reviewer: Abigail Hamilton
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (21) times - Mild 12, Moderate 9

Obscene Language: Many (60) times - f-word 33, s-word 12, other 15

Profanity: Several (10) times - Regular 8 (JC 3, GD 2, G 2, holy Mary mother of God); Exclamatory 2

Violence: None

Sex: Implied few (3) times (heterosexual twice, homosexual once)

Nudity: Once (male rear nudity)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (teenagers in bed, students call math award a vulgar name, roommates discuss sex, teenager unzips pants, musician sings sexually suggestive song, reference to prostitutes using vulgar language)

Drugs: Many times - smoking marijuana, smoking cigarettes, drinking beer and references to using Ritalin, diet pills, Valium, crack cocaine and drinking paint thinner

Other: Premarital sex, teenage drinking and drug use condoned

Running Time: 115 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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