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At Theaters: 2/1/2002 On Video: 5/28/2002
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 27 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 389901
Studio: Sony Pictures Inc.
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Three roommates have proudly scammed their way through the last four years of college and now, during final exams, these big-men-on-campus are about to be busted by the most unlikely dude in school. Self-dubbed Cool Ethan, an ambitious nerd with a bad crush, enters their lives one day and everything begins to unravel.
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Comedy - Teens, particularly males, are most likely to enjoy this crass comedy. Older viewers may be turned off by the gross-out and sex gags, which make the film inappropriate for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Devon Sawa FINAL DESTINATION, IDLE HANDS, WILD AMERICA
Jason Schwartzman RUSHMORE, SIMONE
James King PEARL HARBOR
Jason Segel DEAD MAN ON CAMPUS
Director: Dewey Nicks HELL HOUSE
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Sex and related nudity.
VIOLENCE: Some punches.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and marijuana use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Gross-out and sex humor.
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Below Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Below Average "Slackers starts out looking as if it might be a smart satire of collegiate fraudulence, complete with convoluted Rube Goldberg schemes for faking blue-book mastery, but it sinks into the usual cafeteria goulash of fart jokes, masturbation jokes, and racist Japanese jokes, the bulk of them set to pointlessly ironic twee orchestral renditions of ''Baba O'Riley'' and other rock chestnuts.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Below Average "Slackers takes occasional stabs at parodying the genre of which it is a member (the whole teen/college sex comedy), but few of these moments generate more than a half-hearted chuckle. The film also explores some new lows in on-screen raunch...''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Terrible "Slackers is a dirty movie. Not a sexy, erotic, steamy or even smutty movie, but a just plain dirty movie. It made me feel unclean, and I'm the guy who liked There's Something About Mary and both American Pie movies. Oh, and Booty Call. This film knows no shame.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Don't confuse director Dewey Nicks' Slackers with Richard Linklater's esteemed 1991 Slacker or other more classy entertainment. That said, no movie with an extended Mamie Van Doren topless scene (she'll be 71 Wednesday) is lacking in nerve to plumb fresh sources for comic shock value. There are laughs here, but easily as many groans.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 74 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
16
High
88%
13-19Teens (F)
23
Fairly Low
65%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
17
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
8
Fairly Low
75%
30+Adults (M)
4
About 50/50
50%
30+Adults (F)
6
Very Low
17%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

We were only able to collect 74 moviegoer opinions. This type of movies is hard to collect opinions on since this age group isn't very interested in filling out our questionnaire.

The graph speaks for itself. It clearly shows this is mainly a young males movie, which is certainly no surprise since it contains lots of sex and gross humor. A few young females also enjoyed it.

It's by no means a sure bet even for young males since quite a few of them rated it very low. And as the age increased the opinion level decreased further showing this to be of main interest to the younger crowd. This is one you need to be sure to read the detailed opinions and the detailed content before deciding to see it.

I probably don't need to say this but ADULTS, THIS IS NOT A MOVIE FOR YOU!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Dave (Devon Sawa), Sam (Jason Segel) and Jeff (Michael C. Maronna) are about to graduate from Holden University with Honors in lying, cheating and scheming. The three roommates have proudly scammed their way through the last four years of college and now, during final exams, these big-men-on-campus are about to be busted by the most unlikely dude in school.

Self-dubbed Cool Ethan (Jason Schwartzman), an ambitious nerd with a bad crush, enters their lives one day and everything begins to unravel. When Ethan accidentally catches Dave in an exam scam and gathers some incriminating evidence against him, Dave and his friends find themselves completely at his mercy. Threatening to expose the three SLACKERS Ethan offers a deal: he'll let the guys off the hook on one condition - that they use their unethical expertise to get him the object of his desire, the brainy babe Angela (James King).

Dave agrees to the plan, thinking this will be the easiest con they've pulled all semester. In no time they'll return to drinking beer, picking up girls and paying smarter students to take their tests for them. There are just two problems. First of all, Cool Ethan's experience with women is, to say the least, minimal. Secondly, and perhaps more problematically, when Dave meets the incredible Angela he starts to fall for her himself. Ethan soon discovers that despite Dave's help and his own pathetic attempts at seduction, Angela isn't interested in him- she's falling for Dave. Refusing to see the writing on the wall, Ethan sabotages their relationship, and in a final attempt to insinuate himself, provides Angela with 'a shoulder to cry on.' To get revenge, Ethan also cancels the deal, announcing that Dave and his friends are going down, putting all of their futures at risk. But Cool Ethan just may have underestimated this trio.

Dave, Sam and Jeff are suddenly forced to come up with the most elaborate scheme of their careers in order to out-maneuver the maniacal Ethan, get the girl and save their own skins. Will Dave finally convince Angela that he's Mr. Right? Will the three slackers outwit the geeky Ethan and graduate? Will the real cheater please stand up?

 

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