1998; Rated R; 96 Minutes
Tom Everett Scott: Josh Miller
Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Scott Cooper
Poppy Montgomery: Rachel
Lochlyn Munro: Cliff
Randy Peterson: Buckley
Corey Page: Matt
Alyson Hannigan: Lucy
Produced by David
Gale, Gale Anne Hurd, Maggie Malina and Van Toffler; Directed
by Alan Cohn; Screenwritten by Anthony Abrams
and Adam Larson Broder
by DAVID KEYES
a character in "Dead Man On Campus" called Cliff. He's a
sick lunatic, and yet he's very interesting. He's the only
thing about the whole movie that I liked.
should be made more often about characters like him. But
not in the conception of "Dead Man On Campus," which is
just as dead as its title. Rather than seeing such a movie,
it would have been better to see a story, perhaps, about
him solely, without a plot destined to kill him off so that
college roommates can pass their college courses with 'A'
grades. I would have liked to see Cliff as an absolute center
of attention, because he's so moronic and weird that it's
almost fascinating and funny all at the same time.
we get a movie that mixes him up in absolute boredom and
foolishness. It is not only a shame for actor Lochlyn Munro,
but for the audience as well. Such promise could have been
paid to Cliff and his observant characteristics. Such a
wonderful story could have emerged to follow him and his
life. But the script that is "Dead Man On Campus" kills
everything decent about him.
is total ineptness woven into every loathsome point of the
screenplay. It tells the story of two college freshmen friends
who learn at the same time that they are failing all of
their courses. Checking into the colleges bylaws, they learn
that if their college roommate dies tragically, the other
roommates get straight A's in their courses. Destined to
stand above failing, they encounter a guy named Cliff, who,
after just a few minutes, seems like the perfect man to
take out, since, after all, he's already gone off the deep
idea for such material is an impossible one. Does anyone
think that they can get away with this? Are we supposed
to believe that if a college roommate dies that you get
an A? Is it even illegal for such a bylaw? The premise did
not convince me for one second. My attention remained elsewhere
while the script unfolded it's maniacal plot.
I mention Cliff? He can be a great focus of a movie. He
is so interesting and so over-the-edge that by the time
the movie ended, I was asking myself questions solely about
him. What would he have done next? What would he have done
in the opposite situation? The list goes on and on.
just a real shame that he has to be downgraded by appearing
in this movie. "Dead Man On Campus" delivers no imagination
and no laughs whatsoever. I should know. It is not only
an unfunny shame of an idea, but a waste, for taking the
interesting persona of Cliff and shredding it to bits.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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