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Cheats (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 1 November 2002 (USA)
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A group of friends cheat their way through high school.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Anderson ... 2nd Grade Teacher
Babs Chula ... Mrs. Rosengarden (as Babz Chula)
Dixon Cohee ... Greedy
Casey Dubois Casey Dubois ... Handsome - 2nd Grade & Kindergarten
Griffin Dunne ... Mr. Davis
Trevor Fehrman Trevor Fehrman ... Handsome
Leonie Haworth Leonie Haworth ... Julie - 2nd Grade
Brandy Kopp ... Hot Girl #1 (as Brandy Heidrick)
Elden Henson ... Sammy
P.J. Johal ... Semi-Foreigner
Brett Kelly ... Sammy - 2nd Grade & Kindergarten
David Krumholtz ... Evan Rosengarden
Matthew Lawrence ... Victor
Maggie Lawson ... Julie
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mrs. Stark
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Storyline

While other kids buy into countless hours of studying just so they can get a mark in some teacher's report book, Handsome Davis sees it as nothing more than a system of control over your mind. That's why Handsome and his three best friends Sammy, Victor and the cribsheet genius Applebee have banded together and found ways to cheat on their tests all through their school years. Everything had been going along smoothly until the gang entered their final year of high school and the stakes were upped by the school's principal, Mrs. Stark. If they get caught cheating again Stark will make a note in their permanent records and possibly kill their chances of getting into college. But can Handsome convince his pals to pull off one last, great cheat with him and outsmarting Stark and the system, even if it means possibly destroying their friendships? Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for thematic elements, some language and crude sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chea+ers See more »

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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Though filmed for theaters and having had a lot of marketing done by the studio, the film's theatrical release was canceled at the last minute and it premiered on HBO and Cinemax instead. This was New Line Cinema's only film not to be broadcast on Starz, despite their long pay-TV deal with Starz, since 1995. It wasn't until 2005, New Line moved their pay-TV deal with HBO and Cinemax. See more »

Quotes

[Handsome, Sammy and Victor are pulled out of class in regards to cheating]
Mr. Harkin: You punks... must think I'm some kind of idiot.
Handsome: What the hell are you talking about?
Mr. Harkin: What am I talking about? What am I - I got a classroom full a kids in there, and the highest mark that anybody got was 55. Sammy you got 81, Handsome you got 84 and Victor you got 100 percen. Congratulations, Victor! Can anybody explain to me the root of this freak occurrence?
[a beat of silence]
Handsome: What the hell am I doing out here?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Opening disclaimer: What you are about to see is inspired by a true story. Certain characters and situations have been fictionalized. See more »

Alternate Versions

A plotline was filmed in which Applebee has a stroke shortly after the anonymous letter had been handed in. While in reality this did actually happen to the man whom the character was based on, test audiences thought it to be too unbelievable and so it was cut. See more »

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GREY HOTEL
Written by Tinstar
Performed by Tinstar
Courtesy of V2 Records
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Fun movie to watch, just don't take it seriously
25 October 2003 | by acearmsSee all my reviews

The intro says its based on a true happening, if you want to believe that its your privilege. A fun movie to watch portraying the antics of high school students trying to finish their senior year, but addicted to cheating as the MO to get through. Some serious moments were okay but personality clashes as between characters Victor(Matthew Lawrence) and Applebee(Martin Starr)do not seem to fit the overall mood. The plot overall was good although somewhat predictable, with numerous subplots along the way to keep the interest up. Well worth the time to watch.


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