Overwhelming dislike - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 25
  2. Negative: 20 out of 25
  1. There's little that's special about Underclassman, certainly nothing that Murphy and Eddie Griffin haven't done better in movies far funnier than this.
  2. Nick Cannon, playing an L.A. cop who goes undercover as a prep school student, provides the few sparks this wan action-comedy can muster.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    So far-fetched as to make "Kindergarten Cop" look comparatively austere.
  4. 25
    Underclassman doesn't even try to be good. It knows that it doesn't have to be. It stars Nick Cannon, who has a popular MTV show, and it's a combo cop movie, romance, thriller and high school comedy. That makes the TV ads a slam dunk; they'll generate a Pavlovian response in viewers conditioned to react to their sales triggers (smartass young cop, basketball, sexy babes, fast cars, mockery of adults).
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    What's remarkable is how absolutely every character in the film is a movie cliche.
  6. A remedial comedy for idiots.
  7. 25
    The only hint of professionalism comes from Cheech Marin as Cannon's boss, who at times seems to be acting in a different movie.
  8. Less an original product than a shoddy tribute to other mediocre cop movies.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    That sound you hear is from jet engines gassing up, about to zoom Underclassman to DVD-ville.
  10. Grade Underclassman an "Unacceptable effort," and "D" for derivative.
  11. The loserville teen comedy Underclassman is like a student project sloppily cribbed from other kids' notes -- kids who have seen "Rush Hour" and still can't get over how funny it is to stick a noisy black guy in a distinctly nonblack setting.
  12. Its star, who injected such life into the surprisingly unformulaic "Drumline," is adrift in a sea of cop-movie clich├ęs, and Siega's party-to-go direction hews more closely to his music-video beginnings than to his critically noted "Pretty Persuasion."
  13. 20
    Conceptually, Underclassman is the stillborn spawn of "Beverly Hills Cop" and "21 Jump Street." Except its star, Nick Cannon, possesses neither the biting cool of young Eddie Murphy nor the sullen mystery of Johnny Depp. And the script, by David T. Wagner and Brent Goldberg, is breathtakingly bad.
  14. The latest bit of damaged goods offered up in the Miramax clearance sale, Underclassman plays like the longest episode of "21 Jump Street" ever made.
  15. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Saved from total puff only by the obnoxiousness of its star, who seems to be laboring under the delusion that he's the next Eddie Murphy.
  16. 10
    Almost comically unambitious, Underclassman seldom tries to be funny, and never even attempts to be original.
  17. Reviewed by: Nick Sylvester
    British bliss czars, the doughnut-loving LAPD, and bitchin'-hot Spanish profs, no matter how many, how fat, or how bitchin' hot, can't make up for easy double entendres and zero character development.
  18. Once in a great while -- usually late August -- a movie comes along that's so lame, it doesn't deserve a bad review. It deserves a war-crimes tribunal. Ladies and gentlemen, Underclassman is that special film.
  19. The inconsistencies and continuity errors are staggering.
User Score

Overwhelming dislike- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 5 out of 7
  1. Dec 30, 2013
    Nick cannon is sooo funny because black people are awesome smart funny and really good at basketball and white are just goofy dumb and not cool! Please gimmie a break nick... what a stupid ass movie Full Review »
  2. JodiF.
    Feb 25, 2006
    Outstanding. I agree with Roy. Perhaps the greatest single flim to grace the silver screen since "The Godfather". The acting is tear-jerking, along with an ending for the ages and a twist you'll never believe. Nicholas Cannon portrays his character so well, you soon forget that you're watching cinema and slowly believe you are drifting towards a utopia. If you do not see this movie before you die, you did not live a life worth living. Full Review »
  3. Roy
    Feb 20, 2006
    Underclassman is a rare treat indeed. Where previous reviews have cited each character as a cliche, I would hold them rather delicately in cupped hands and observe the tender development of each player as they blossom on screen in what has to be said is one of the finest movies to grace our screens since the thirtees. Full Review »