This film should have been released in haste post-Scream. Following Scream 2, Urban Legend and Dead Man on Campus, there's no room for a thriller laced with comedy, more post-modern references than a Tarantino script rewrite, and Lillard - arguably Hollywood's most annoying creation since Jim Carrey in The Cable Guy.If you've seen Dead Man on Campus you probably don't need a plot explanation, so feel free to skip this paragraph. In America, when a college student commits suicide, all of his/her buddies automatically get the highest mark possible. A small group of students at a college where the poster "You don't win silver, you lose gold' adorns walls - embrace this notion and decide to off one of their buddies. But when the guy's body is never found and his girlfriend decides to jump off a cliff herself, things get a tad out of control.
Despite its unoriginality, there are plenty of humorous moments in the film that will keep audiences amused. Rosen last wrote the politically incorrect gem The Last Supper, and with his directorial debut again shows the cutting ability to tap into pop culture and black humour, all the while having a good laugh at his own expense. For example, when they're planning to make the suicide look genuine, the students buy Smiths, Suzanne Vega and Joy Division CDs, and make it look like the guy is watching Ingmar Bergman films and "anything by a first time director." Alas, then Rosen throws in bumbling cops and a ridiculous Deer Hunter homage that not only insults the original but is also a ridiculously unfunny sequence in itself.The young cast - Vartan from The Myth of Fingerprints, Batinkoff from As Good As It Gets and Russell from TV's Felicity - do their best to diminish the Lillard-effect but ultimately, Dead Man On Campus, oops Curve, is just another forgettable teen comedy/thriller that should have gone straight to video. ---Dov Kornits