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.