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At Theaters: 2/20/1998 On Video: 8/11/1998
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 30 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 029807
Studio: Dimension Films
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Marlon Wayans stars as Darryl Witherspoon, a Bed-Stuy kid who has made it all the way to the top of his economics class at Stratford University only to have personal economics threaten his future and his family's survival. When opportunity strikes in the form of a high-paying medical experiment that no one else will participate in, Darryl jumps at the chance. Little does he know that the experiment, designed to heighten his every bodily sensation, will spin out of control. At the worst possible moments, without warning, he begins losing his senses - one at a time - rendering him utterly and hilariously "senseless."

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Comedy - This raunchy, slapsticky comedy will mainly appeal to teens and some young adults.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Marlon Wayans (The Sixth Man)
David Spade (Eight Heads In A Duffel Bag)
Matthew Lillard (Scream, Hackers)
Brad Dourif (Alien Resurrection)
Tamara Taylor (TV - A Different World)
Rip Torn (Men In Black)
Director: Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World)
Producer: David Hoberman
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About The Production
About The Characters
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PROFANITY: Strong and constant.
SEX/NUDITY: Lots of innuendo, some nudity, some fooling around
VIOLENCE: Comic, slapsticky violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol consumption, injections.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Plenty.
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Critic's Review Heading
Below Average
Marlon Wayans is a talented physical comedian, and while he has a few hilarious moments here and there, Senseless's gimmick--a college student takes an experimental drug that heightens his senses--grows tiresome long before it's over.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 92 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
4
Fairly High
100%%
13-19Teens (F)
23
High
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
21
High
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
17
High
100%%
30+Adults (M)
11
Fairly High
100%%
30+Adults (F)
16
Fairly High
100%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
SENSELESS follows the comical tribulations of Darryl Witherspoon (Marion Wayans), an impoverished but brilliant economics student on a personal economics mission of his own: to pay his college tuition and earn enough money to keep his single mom and younger brothers and sisters afloat.

So desperate is Darryl to earn the money his loved ones need that he's become a job­a­holic. No job is too outrageous, too ridiculous or too bizarre for the unstoppable Darryl. He'll go to any means to stay one step ahead of the creditors who would undo his and his family's dreams.

But that all could change in a flash. If Darryl wins the annual Smythe­Bates Junior Analyst Competition, he'll immediately join the firm to the tune of $60,000 a year. Enough to change his life forever and accomplish his mission.

But it won't be easy. The competition is fierce, and Darryl will have to battle Stratford's best, brightest and wealthiest, including Scott Thorpe, a banker's son, fraternity snob and brown­poser who is first­in­line with Smythe­Bates seemingly Old Boy CEO, Randall Tyson (Rip Torn.)

The odds are against Darryl landing the Smythe­Bates position from the start. He's so busy with all his other jobs, he hasn't had time to focus on the extracurricular activities that Smythe­Bates wants in their winner. Unlike his privileged classmates, Darryl has not had a moment to join a fraternity or play sports, though his hockey­obsessed roommate Tim (Matthew Lillard) tries to give him a chance on the ice. Nor does Darryl have any corporate connections like Scott Thorpe; in fact, the only banks Darryl makes weekly deposits at are the Blood Bank and the Sperm Bank.

But the thing Darryl does have is the drive and the heart. In the midst of his battle, Darryl agrees to take one more odd job to help out his family. This time he volunteers for a well­paying medical experiment, agreeing to take an untested new drug designed to heighten his every bodily sensation.

The drug provides just the advantage Darryl thinks he needs to take on the snooty Scott Thorpe, win the affections of the classy, gorgeous Janice (Tamara Taylor) and win the ultimate job that will change his family's fortunes. But things spin out of control . . . with a vengeance. At the worst possible moments, without warning, he starts losing his senses ­­ one at a time ­­ rendering him utterly and hilariously "senseless."

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