Tom Everett Scott hasn't been seen in much since his "Saved by the Bell" years (seriously, I heard somewhere that he had died a while back) but Dead Man on Campus shows that he isn't completely out of the acting scene, although it doesn't like his comeback return is the greatest choice. It's not to say that Dead Man on Campus isn't a funny movie - it is - but it is no where as good as some of the good teenage comedies that are out to day.
Back to Scott, his character in this movie looks just like Zach in "Saved by the Bell," only more careless and hooked on drugs. He's also not quite as funny. The real star is Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who fits his character perfectly and even has the right facial expressions. But, really, these two are a team, and they pull us through an hour and a half of ups and downs that turns out to be quite entertaining and utterly stupid at the same time.
First off, if you haven't seen Animal House (I haven't, sorry to say), Porky's, American Pie, or There's Something About Mary, see them first. Dead Man on Campus just isn't worth your time. But since I got this movie from the library for free, I consider it a decent time well spent. The guys get into a lot of funny situations, especially when they start looking for suicidal roommates.
The one thing Dead Man on Campus really lacks is girls. Except for the beginning, the movie doesn't follow the standard sex jokes that most teen movies back and tends to stick to the suicide part. Maybe the producers were trying to stay away from being unoriginal, but Dead Man on Campus is maybe a little too dead without the females.
Dead Man on Campus is a good movie for the summer when you don't have anything else to do, but it's not something you need to drive to the movie store right away and get.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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