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Cheats Reviews

Made for theatrical release but repeatedly delayed and eventually sent direct to video, this teen comedy revolves around a group of unrepentant underachievers who'd rather beat the rules than actually learn. Having cheated their way through elementary and junior high school, best friends Handsome Davis (Trevor Fehrman) and Sammy Green (Elden Henson) find kindred spirits in their new classmates at Steinmetz High, misanthropic Victor Barone (Matthew Lawrence) and "Cribmaster" Jonathan Jacob Applebee (Martin Starr), famous for his ability to write "crazy small." Together they cook up bigger and better ways of cheating, despite Principal Stark's (Mary Tyler Moore) repeated warnings about their permanent records. Though filled with quirky characters and odd situations, apparently based loosely on writer-director Andrew Gurland's own experiences, the film has no plot of which to speak, and wears out its welcome long before it's over.