A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters lie, steal cars and sell drugs, cheat, shoot guns, argue, and make racial comments.
Violence & Scariness
Action-movie-ish (fights, car crashes, shoot-outs, nailgun used as weapon).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual talk/slang, some kissing, jokey reference to Viagra/erection, teacher and fake student/undercover cop flirt.
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Mild cursing ("ass").
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Products & Purchases
References to some popular cars, Ben& Jerry's ice cream.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
High school students drink and smoke, plot involves illegal drug sales.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the movie focuses on high school-aged boys engaged in illegal activities (stealing cars, in order to support a drug ring). They also drink, smoke, disrespect their teachers, and talk about sex (using slang referring to Viagra, erections, and sexually transmitted disease). The film also features mild images of action-movie violence: car/bicycle chases, fights, rough competition on the basketball court, and shoot-outs (including the use of a nail gun as a weapon). These rebellious students, adult villains, and some hardnosed cops lie to, betray, and disparage other characters. Women occasionally wear scant clothing, including one girl who sunbathes topless (she covers her chest with her arms). Some fart, bowel movement, and puke jokes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
An unoriginal action comedy, UNDERCLASSMAN has little to recommend it save young Nick Cannon's charisma. But even his considerable energy -- on display most recently in his summer hit MTV show, Wildin' Out -- can't keep the movie afloat. As Tre, Cannon is sometimes charming and mostly obnoxious. Tre's adventures include repeated run-ins with the captain, the headmaster (Hugh Bonneville), and his alpha-boy classmates. Tediously, he always brings the gaudy "urban" patter but never has much to say.
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