Dead Man on Campus | Chicago Reader

Dead Man on Campus

Josh (Tom Everett Scott) has a work-study job at Daleman College and a scholarship contingent on his grades. Cooper (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is heir to a toilet-cleaning empire and never attends classes; his father's funding one more semester, but that's it. After Cooper initiates Josh into the carefree party life, they're both at risk of being kicked out. But Cooper thinks he's found a solution to their predicament: a clause buried deep in the college charter states that if a student dies the surviving roommate gets all As for the term. The boys go looking for a suicidal classmate to share their dorm room until they can push him over the edge. This limp 1998 comedy tries hard to be both irreverent and ethical by suggesting that deceit motivated by self-interest is OK as long as no one gets hurt—a notion that's consistent with appearing nonjudgmental about drugs and sex while worrying that the characters will be perceived as teen role models. Written by Michael Traeger and Mike White, and directed by Alan Cohn.

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