Underclassman

"Hmmm"

Underclassman Review


Here we have a definite candidate for the year's worst picture, and it comes just a few weeks after director Marcos Siega's other failure, "Pretty Persuasion."

This time Siega shares the blame with star Nick Cannon, whose impressive breakout performance made 2002's "Drumline" such a surprise hit. Now Cannon co-produces and co-writes the "story" for "Underclassman," a kind of fifth-rate "Beverly Hills Cop" knock-off.

Cannon plays Tre Stokes, a smart aleck young black cop going undercover at a ritzy white high school to rout out a murderer. Of course, Tre's behavior gets him kicked off the force and so he must finish the job alone.

There could not be a lazier job of screenwriting; the writers get so bored with their concoction that they desperately insert some kind of action or sports scene every ten minutes: a car chase, basketball, a fight, a jet ski race, paintball, more basketball, another car chase, etc. Cannon is abrasive and obnoxious, the comedy is not funny and the thrills are not thrilling.

Roselyn Sanchez looks amazing as an older teacher who has a highly improbable romance with Tre, but poor Cheech Marin is utterly wasted as the humorless police chief, and Kelly Hu is stuck in an insulting role as a lady cop who eats too much ice cream.



Underclassman

Facts and Figures

Run time: 95 mins

In Theaters: Friday 2nd September 2005

Box Office USA: $5.6M

Distributed by: Miramax Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 0.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 6%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 78

IMDB: 3.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Tracy 'Tre' Stokes, as Lisa Brooks, as Captain Victor Delgado, as Rob Donovan, as Des


Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

45 Years Movie Review

45 Years Movie Review

Like an antidote to vacuous blockbusters, this intelligent, thoughtful drama packs more intensity into a...

Straight Outta Compton Movie Review

Straight Outta Compton Movie Review

This biopic gallops through the career of groundbreaking gangsta rappers N.W.A, working its way through...

We Are Your Friends Movie Review

We Are Your Friends Movie Review

Basically the perfect summer movie, this lightweight drama has a great-looking cast and plenty of...

Sinister 2 Movie Review

Sinister 2 Movie Review

As the ghoul from the 2012 horror hit stalks a new family, this sequel's sharply...

Advertisement
Paper Towns Movie Review

Paper Towns Movie Review

After setting the scene with vivid characters and some insightful interaction, the plot of this...

Vacation Movie Review

Vacation Movie Review

Both the characters and the tone have been updated as a new generation of Grizwolds...

Trainwreck Movie Review

Trainwreck Movie Review

Amy Schumer makes her big screen debut with a script that feels like a much-extended...

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Movie Review

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Movie Review

Adopting a deliciously groovy vibe, Guy Ritchie turns the iconic 1960s TV spy series into...

Advertisement