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Dead Man on Campus (1998)

Tom Everett Scott , Mark-Paul Gosselaar , Alan Cohn  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Everett Scott, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Poppy Montgomery, Lochlyn Munro, Randy Pearlstein
  • Directors: Alan Cohn
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 1999
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305310254
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead Man on Campus" on IMDb

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Morbidly Funny October 15, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I was expecting this movie to be pretty stupid, but I was quite surprised. This story actually made me laugh out loud in places, and I had a constant smile on my face.
Two students are in a predicament. They face expulsion from college unless they can take advantage of a loophole that will grant them perfect grades: the traumatic death of a roommate.
So the two students come up with a plan. They go through a list of possible candidates (the most unstable students on campus), ask them to move in, and then attempt to drive them into committing suicide. Things don't go as smoothly as they expect.
You will probably recognise the two main characters from other "wacky" comedies from the past. To me, "Dead Man on Campus" is like a combination of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Weekend At Bernie's". The two students, caught in a dilemma of their own making, attempt to use the easy way out: (someone elses) suicide.
Although the premise is bizaare and macabre, I found "Dead Man On Campus" one of the least offensive of the "college comedies".
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First of all...I really liked this movie. February 13, 2000
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First of all...I really liked this movie. I am sure some of you are saying..."what you got to be kidding", well, no I am not. This story is based upon an age old falsehood that states "if your college roommate kills them self in college, the surviving roommate gets a 4.0". Here you have Gosselaar (the old ZAK on `Saved by the Bell') partying like crazy in college and living with Scott, who is easily distracted by Gosselaar. Well the distractions take their toll and both Gosselaar and Scott are headed for collegiate non-return status, when they hear the 4.0 story. Now if you have been on a college campus as long as I have, you will come across a great deal of students who claim this is true and that it has happened to a friend of theirs at some college...well, you are never happened and never will. But that doesn't mean you can't make a movie out of it. If you like offensive jokes, off-the-wall humor and can handle laughing out loud (in public) at scenes that you should not be....then this movie is for you. Bottom line...if your roommate is depressed, then go ahead and take them to see this film, they will laugh so hard that they will forgot their worries (at least for a few moments.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come on man! Just kick me in the junk! September 27, 2001
By Chen
I don't remember when I first heard about this movie, but I remembered it sounded funny and telling myself to see it one day. Well, come Yom Kippur, I ventured over to the video store to find me some movies to see, and hello! I saw this, and, debating awhile, decided to check it out. Remember when I said I thought it would be funny? Strike that. This movie is super funny! And it does it without too many low-brow jokes that, even though I love, you can see in any teen movie these days. Even when the movie does stoop low, it somehow does it with class. The actors are great, and pull off the strange charictors perfectly: Matt, the "deppressed" musician, Buckley, who thinks Bill Gates is after his brians, Cliff who's a bit crazy, and the main caraictors Cooper and Josh, who everyone suspects are gay. I noticed some people below didn't like this movie. But hey, some people can't tell good movies when they see them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading advertising, average movie. July 24, 2001
By jjcx
On my list of movies that took me by surprise, this ranks pretty high. It wasn't what I expected at all.
The previews for the movie focused pretty heavily on the "party animal" character, as if he was one of the main characters. That's why the previews looked as though the movie would be god-awful. The movie is actually a lot different, though.
The first thirty minutes are basically a moral story about what can happen when a college student forgets his responsibilities and stops studying. That's when the suicide plot line appears, which you've probably read in other reviews.
For the next half hour, our heroes try to perfect their plan while avoiding detection. It isn't until the 60 minute mark that they meet the "party animal" guy - and he disappears pretty quickly. The other victims of their plot are actually funnier characters (particularly the "Bill Gates" guy).
I'd recommend this movie as a rental, because some of the stuff later in the movie is rather funny. Unfortunately, the first 30 minutes or so are extremely dull, and there's a sizeable dose of lame gay jokes scattered throughout.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BIG surprise, really funny movie ! August 14, 2000
I caught "Dead Man on Campus" one night on The Movie Channel, I didn't think it was gonna be that good, but damn I was in for a surprise. This movie is hilarious. Two college students,Cooper and Josh, are on a mission to find "Mr.Z". "Mr.Z" is the most homicidal, suicidal and genocidal guy on campus. You see, if your roomate kills himself you automatically get a 4.0 GPA. First, they get a guy named Cliff O'Malley,then mayhem and laughter insues, to provide some of the funniest parts in the movie. Cliff doesn't work out so next they get Buckley. Buckley is, well....a little paranoid. See, Buckley has a conspiracy theroy that Bill Gates is after his brain. This character is also hilarious, but he doesn't work out either. Finally they go for Matt, a punk rocker (his band:"Kiss My Ass")who is always depressed.Well, enough said...all in all this movie is hilarious and I'm really glad I saw it. I highly, highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Below I see 3 or 4 negative reviews....I don't know how anyone could hate this movie at all. It must have been a "bad day" or "that time of the month" I guess. GO SEE THIS MOVIE !~
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
I forgot how funny this movie was. So glad I bought it, it brought back so many memories.
Published 7 days ago by Emily A. Munz
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
If you haven't seen this, you should!
Published 2 months ago by holly eckart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie
Published 2 months ago by armygirl207
3.0 out of 5 stars Actually quite original
I did't know anything about this movie when I saw it and was quite surprised. It had an original concept and the characters were well played. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pete N. Austira
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough for me
I did have some scratches, which is normal for an older DVD. The only problem is causes a 1-2 second pause during the movie. Other than that very happy
Published 9 months ago by Tim Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dark comedy
Another great dark comedy if you are into those types of movies. Plus you get to see the Saved the Bell do something cool than that fake phony after school stuff.
Published 15 months ago by Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll never forget the first time I ever saw this movie
The first time I saw this movie was when it aired on TV, and I was in my teens. It made me laugh like there was nothing funnier those days. Mark's character is just hilarious. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nichole M. Petig
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny classic movie
I looked everywhere for this movie once I found it I had to buy. My little brother (14) and myself watched it the day it came in and it was hilarious. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bml
2.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I love this movie, but who in their right mind would pay 50 bucks for it? Not me, that's for sure.
Published 23 months ago by Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie
The dvd was new and delivered on time. I had forgotten most of the movie but I knew that it was very funny, but it had never caught on to be a classic.
Published on October 1, 2012 by Charles A. DeFazio
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