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Content -2
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Release Date: September 02, 2005

Starring: Nick Cannon, Cheech Marin, Shawn Ashmore, Roselyn Sanchez, Hugh Bonneville, Kelly Hu, and Richard Gallecki

Genre: Action Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 93 minutes

Address Comments To:

Bob and Harvey Weinstein
Co-Chairmen
Miramax Films
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New York, NY 10013
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Website: www.miramax.com

Content:

(B, LLL, VV, S, AA, DD, M) Light moral worldview in a story about police catching criminals who steal and sell drugs; 24 obscenities (no "f" words) and two light profanities; action violence, some of it comical, such as chase scenes with damage to objects and vehicles, fighting, murder off screen, large explosion, man gets shot in leg, and shooting guns and automatic weapons; light sexual innuendo such as high school student who's really a cop working undercover flirts with teacher, high school students date and dance, and someone says, "Safe sex is the best sex"; no nudity; underage drinking and one high school student gets inebriated; smoking and bad guys are dealing Ecstasy; and, auto theft, blackmail and bad guys take a hostage.

Summary:

In UNDERCLASSMAN, a young black police detective goes undercover at an elite private high school to investigate the mysterious death of a student. UNDERCLASSMAN is an entertaining action comedy, but it contains lots of light foul language, some sexual innuendo and underage alcohol use.

Review:

UNDERCLASSMAN is an entertaining action comedy, but it never gets past its B-movie roots. That's okay, however. An entertaining B movie is better than a B movie that's not so entertaining. What's not okay is the movie's apparent comical endorsement of underage drinking without consequences.

The movie opens with a fast and furious chase scene where Tracy Stokes, a young black bicycle detective in the Los Angeles Police Dept., catches a stolen goods ring. Tracy's mentor and boss, Capt. Delgado, is irritated with the Lone Ranger mentality that Tracy brings to his job, but Delgado promised Tracy's late father, also a detective, that he'd look out for Tracy.

Delgado agrees to give Tracy an undercover assignment posing as a student at a posh private high school, to investigate the mysterious death of a reporter for the student paper. Tracy suspects the student's death has something to do with a stolen car ring. He zeroes in on a clique of white students, but personal complications make Tracy's investigation more difficult than he thought they would be.

Nick Cannon is very funny and entertaining as the young, undisciplined detective, Tracy Stokes, as is Cheech Marin as Capt. Delgado. The movie's exciting and funny opening sequence brings viewers right into that mood. UNDERCLASSMAN has a morally positive worldview, but it contains some foul language and light sexual references (yet nothing really salacious). What really earns UNDERCLASSMAN an extreme caution rating from MOVIEGUIDEĀ® are a couple scenes that seem to make light of underage alcohol use by high school students.

In Brief:

UNDERCLASSMAN, an action comedy, opens with a fast and furious chase scene where Tracy Stokes, a young black bicycle detective in the Los Angeles Police Dept., catches a stolen goods ring. Tracy's boss, Capt. Delgado, is irritated with the Lone Ranger mentality that Tracy brings to his job, but Delgado promised Tracy's late father, also a detective, that he'd look out for Tracy. Delgado agrees to give Tracy an undercover assignment posing as a student at a posh high school, to investigate the mysterious death of a reporter for the student paper. Tracy suspects the student's death has something to do with a stolen car ring. He zeroes in on a clique of white students, but personal complications make Tracy's investigation more difficult.

Nick Cannon is very funny and entertaining as the young, undisciplined detective, Tracy Stokes. The movie's exciting and funny opening sequence brings viewers right into that mood. UNDERCLASSMAN has a morally positive worldview, but it contains some foul language and light sexual references (yet nothing really salacious). What really earns UNDERCLASSMAN an extreme caution rating from MOVIEGUIDEĀ® are a couple scenes that seem to make light of underage alcohol use.