Theatrical Release: September 2, 2005


LA’s youngest cop Tre Stokes (Nick Cannon) is about to get his biggest assignment: he must go undercover to break up a dangerous crime ring rooted in a upscale prep school. The deeper Tre goes the more dangerous and volatile the situation becomes. Fighting both his personal demons and the forces determined to take him down, he must risk everything to catch the ones closest to him.

Dove Review

Underclassman has a fun plot and many good characters. Nick Cannon (Drumline) plays a bumbling young cop, Tre Stokes, which seems to have the deck stacked against him because nothing goes right. His captain, Vic Delgado (Cheech Marin) promised Tre’s deceased father that he would look after him, but even Vic is getting fed up with Tre’s mistakes. Tre is assigned an undercover assignment at the area’s prep school to solve a murder. That’s when some of the fun begins.

There are some funny scenes in Underclassman, but because of the foul language, drug use and sexual references, Dove cannot award it the Dove Seal. It’s too bad too because Cannon is funny in some scenes and has the same arrogance he portrayed in Drumline. Underclassman could have been a family film and had a much broader audience if only writer Brent Goldberg, and Director Marcos Siega had families in mind. They might want to review the Dove ROI Study which shows G-rated films make more money than R or PG-13 rated films. Oh well, maybe someday they’ll learn.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: teenagers dances have sexual overtones; Man uses slang term for having sex with a woman after another man has sex with the same woman;
Language: G_D-1; a-word - 10; b_te me; h-word - 3; s-word - 2; d*mn - 2; d*mp; p*ss*d;
Violence: fist fights; men shot and killed; man pushed; men crash bikes; car crashes and explodes; boat explodes killing a man;
Drugs: drugs are bought and sold; underage drinking occurs at a party; teenager gets drunk
Nudity: Many scenes with women's cleavage
Other: None


Company: Lionsgate
Director: Marcos Siega
Genre: Action
Runtime: 95 min.
Reviewer: Dave Lukens