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Actors: Trevor Fehrman, MATTHEW LAWRENCE, Elden Henson, Kathryn Anderson, Babs Chula
Director: Andrew Gurland
Genres: Comedy
PG-13     2003     1hr 26min

A group of teenagers cheat their way through high school.


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Actors: Trevor Fehrman, MATTHEW LAWRENCE, Elden Henson, Kathryn Anderson, Babs Chula
Director: Andrew Gurland
Creators: Andrew Gurland, A.J. Dix, Bryan Hickel, Chris Bender, Dan Nicolas, J.C. Spink, M. Cevin Cathell
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: School Days
Studio: New Line Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/18/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

An underground classic
Jennifer A. Kern | Ozone Park, NY United States | 06/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"On the surface, Cheats may look like just another teen movie, but look more clsoely and you'll see why it's becoming a cult classic for people of all ages. The movie follows the lives of four high school students who attempt to cheat their way through high school at any cost. The leader of the pack, Handsome Davis has cheated his way through school even since Kindergarten, and now has it down to a science. The boys have a janitor's key, which makes it easy to break into any classroom and steal every exam. but what happens when the principal catches on and changes the locks? The boys are determined to pull off a huge cheat in order to show others in the school that they are still the Kings of cheating. What ensues is a brilliant, bizairre and completely hilarious romp through what these teens hope will be their final year of high school. The genius of the movie is matched in its characters. Handsome Davis, the leader of the pack, who will not back down, refuses and study and will go to any length to pass the tests he deems "unpassable" (all of them). His best friend Sammy, a fellow cheater since Kindergarten, who decides he wants to go legit, Applebee, the invaluable "kid who writes crazy small" and Victor, a particularly incendiary teen who stops at nothing (even forgoing human decency) to continue cheat will delight you with their sharp wit and sense of mischief. You can't help but feel a slight sense of envy for these boys who can get away with anything, and you'll love finding out what happens when they don't."
Jennifer A. Kern | 02/19/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"the editorial review has a point, but overall the movie is quite funny. all of the characters are well thought out and colorful, especially handsome. before you buy it, i would recomend renting it. because it may not be for all people."
Crippled elves do dance around a devil covered by blue dress
Jason | Backwater, Alabama | 06/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This story is a basic one. It's about the kids we all knew in school. It's about the three or four schemers who would do anything to shirk responsibility and flout the rules as they cheated their way through classes. If it wasn't a crib-sheet, it was writing on their hands. Maybe it was getting to class early and writing on the desk. We all knew that guy, and in this movie that guy is a master the likes of which we never experienced.

Handsome Davis (Trevor Fehrman) is the leader of a foursome of cheating friends. He's a charismatic figure who has been cheating with one friend, Sammy, since Kindergarten, and has picked up two accomplices in High School, Victor and Applebee (who writes crazy small).

They are legendary at school, like Ferris Bueller, and everyone knows of their exploits. But when the principal has a locksmith change the locks on every door in the school, the boys secret weapon, a duplicate janitor's key, becomes a paperweight.

Before the boys move towards graduation, they will find that cheating on everything will require more than they had imagined. They'll have to lie, steal, and trick people into helping them. They'll also learn some harsh lessons about growing up along the way. If it isn't tricking the foreign janitor, or coming up with a ridiculous story about a candy bar alibi, it's some other insane, wacky situation that the boys manage to wiggle out of like Houdini. Watching Handsome play his Physics teacher, the principal, his friends, little kids, and even his own father is hilarious. Fehrman nailed the role with his suave confidence and conniving leadership abilities, a persona that commands more attention than any school administrator, let alone any students who dares consider themselves a peer.

For the final cheat alone, I think this movie is well worth it. Even if the movie teaches an eventual lesson about the perils of cheating, it also happens to teach the viewer something serious, something beneficial. The boys make wonderful use of audio mnemonics to pull off the greatest cheat of all time. It's a great instructional tool for studying, and a technique that should be more widely used throughout academics."
Cheats is the best comedy, movie!
Rachael | United States | 03/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the best movie ever! It is a laugh a minute comdey. The boys in the film had the best plans so they could cheat on every test. It is great. They do a great job acting and it is just a fun film. Every teenager should see this movie, it is the best!"