Underclassman

Rated PG-13 95 minutes 2005

Nick Cannon plays Tre, a young bicycle cop on the Venice Beach beat, who aspires to be a detective even after a chase sequence ends in rampant destruction. He goes undercover at a prestigious private high school to solve a murder, and since most of the actors playing students look to be well into their twenties, Tre fits right in. His goal is to befriend popular jock Rob (Shawn Ashmore), but that's going to be hard, since Rob is a spoiled rich white boy (i.e., racist) and Tre is, well, from the 'hood (i.e., he's really good at basketball and has souped-up hydraulics on his car). Some fairly standard shenanigans ensue, and when the cliched high school culture clash stuff stops, there's cliched cop movie stuff going on. Cannon simply doesn't have the chemistry with his co-stars that he needs; it feels as if he's trying to perform a one-man show while surrounded by more capable folks.

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Official Site: www.miramax.com/underclassman

Director: Marcos Siega

Writer: David Wagner and Brent Goldberg

Producer: Robert L Levy, Andrew Panay and Peter Abrams

Cast: Nick Cannon, Roselyn Sanchez, Cheech Marin, Kelly Hu, Shawn Ashmore, Hugh Bonneville, Don McManus, Geoff Pierson and Mary Pat Gleason

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