Slackers (film)

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Not to be confused with the 1991 film Slacker.
Promotional poster
Directed by Dewey Nicks
Produced by Erik Feig
Neal H. Moritz
Written by David H. Steinberg
Starring Jason Schwartzman
Devon Sawa
Jason Segel
Michael Maronna
Jaime King
Laura Prepon
Music by Amanda Scheer-Demme
Cinematography James R. Bagdonas
Edited by Tara Timpone
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release dates
  • February 1, 2002 (2002-02-01)
Running time
86 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language English
Budget $14 million[1]
Box office $6,413,915[1]

Slackers is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Dewey Nicks and stars Jason Schwartzman, Devon Sawa, Jason Segel, and Michael Maronna.


Dave Goodman (Devon Sawa), Sam Schecter (Jason Segel), and Jeff Davis (Michael Maronna) are best friends who have spent almost four years at Holden University scamming their way through college. During one exam scam in their final semester Dave discovers Angela (Jaime King, credited as James King), and asks her out while writing his phone number on her exam sheet. Ethan Dulles (who calls himself "Cool Ethan") (Jason Schwartzman), a classmate obsessed with Angela to the extent of collecting loose hairs and making a hair doll and having surveillance photos and a shrine to Angela setup in his dorm room, takes her exam question sheet after Angela leaves and uses it to repeatedly confront and then blackmail the guys into setting up a successful date with Angela for him in exchange for his silence on the matter. The guys set Ethan up in multiple situations in an attempt to convince Angela to like him, while Dave tells Sam during their work researching her that Angela is no more important to him as any other scam they've done. Ethan fails to attract her after frequent confrontations based on his delusional behavior, immaturity and ignorance of social norms.

While trying to convince Angela to go out with Ethan, Dave and Angela grow a mutual attraction to each other. After telling Ethan that he has failed to convince Angela to go out with him, Ethan reveals to Dave that he has been obsessing over Angela for quite some time. He reminds Dave that he still intends to get Dave and his friends expelled if they fail him. Angela and Dave go on an impromptu date after a study session. Ethan finds out and follows and records them. Dave and Angela share a romantic swim and lovemaking session, which causes Ethan to show the tape of Dave and Angela making love to Sam and Jeff to establish that Dave intends to keep Angela for himself. Sam and Jeff, unhappy with Dave's dishonesty, hand over their research on Angela. Ethan uses that file to prove to Angela that Dave and his friends were actively stalking her.

After a falling out with everyone, Dave returns to the dorm and admits to Sam and Jeff that he honestly cares for Angela. After making amends the guys sabotage Ethan's job interview with a law firm and during the final exam, while Dave is telling the truth to Angela in front of the whole class about his entire dishonest college career of cheating, Jeff plants an answer key in Ethan's backpack while tipping off the Teaching Assistant proctoring the exam. In the end the guys get expelled, but Dave and Angela get back together and Sam ends up in a relationship with Angela's roommate, Reanna Cass (Laura Prepon) while Jeff falsifies their diplomas from Holden University after Angela and Reanna graduate. Ethan, now miserable that he lost Angela forever and having also been expelled from college after it was revealed he was stalking her, continues to work at the restaurant. The movie ends with him singing his love of Angela and his hatred for Dave.



The movie has a few tracks from Handsome Boy Modeling School (Prince Paul & Dan The Automator), including "Holy Calamity" and "Rock & Roll (Could Never Hip-Hop Like This)". The movie has a symphonic instrumental performance of "Baba O'Riley" from The Who playing over the opening credits, as well as an A Capella performance of "The Sign" by Ace of Base (sung by a college choir) during a scene.

Release and reception[edit]

As of June 2015, based on 105 reviews collected by the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Slackers has received an overall rating average of 10%, with an average score of 3.1 out of 10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Another teen comedy with little on its mind but moving to the next gross-out gag, Slackers strains for laughs and features grating characters."[2] Few critics noted the dialogue as a positive,[3] but not sufficient enough to warrant attention.[4][5]

Slackers opened at #11 in the box office with $2,785,283, the 11th highest-grossing opening film of the weekend,[6] and lasted only two weeks in theaters before it closed on February 14, 2002, with a domestic total of $5,285,941 and $1,127,974 internationally, for a worldwide total of $6,413,915.[1]

Slackers was marketed as a raunch comedy primarily in advertising over being a romantic comedy, which was fair to the content; Philip French commented that "Slackers makes American Pie look like The Importance of Being Earnest."[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Slackers (2002) - Box Office Mojo". 2002-02-14. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  2. ^ Slackers at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ Cline, Rich. "Shadows On The Wall". Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Turner, Matthew. "View London". Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  5. ^ McGuirk, Margaret. "'Slackers' simply an embarrassment". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
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  7. ^ French, Philip. "Slackers". The Observer. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 

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