Class Act

Class Act

Class Act is a 1992 comedy film, directed by Randall Miller, and starring hip-hop duo Kid 'n Play. The film is an urban retelling of the fairy tale The Prince and the Pauper. It is the third film starring Kid 'n Play, after House Party (1990) and House Party 2 (1991).


Genius high school student Duncan Pinderhughes (Kid) is getting ready for graduation, but is somewhat disheartened to find out that, despite his perfect SAT and 4.0 GPA, Harvard will not admit him unless he can pass phys. ed. Ex-convict Michael "Blade" Brown (Play) is released from jail, and told by his parole officer (Rick Ducommun) that the condition of his release is satisfactory graduation from high school. A mishap results in their pictures being swapped on their permanent records. In effect, Blade is surprised to find out that he is being placed in Gifted classes, while Duncan is shocked to be placed in minimal classes with substandard conditions and miscreants for classmates.

Blade realizes this, and sees Duncan as his ticket permanently out of jail, since Duncan could pass his classes with ease. He transforms Duncan into a version of himself with dreadlocks, and does his best to teach Duncan how to act and talk like a gangsta. Having no grasp of hip hop culture, Duncan's parents begin to worry about their son's new "friend"; his father especially, beginning to suspect Duncan is gay.

Blade manages to smooth-talk his way through his advanced classes, even successfully executing a dissertation on sexual intercourse (one of his favorite subjects). Duncan ends up running into a high school thug named Wedge (Lamont Johnson), and gets in trouble, but also ends up discovering an uncanny ability to kick field goals, and joins the school's football team. Both Blade and Duncan end up with girlfriends that the other would have, with Blade smooth-talking the intelligent but excitement-seeking Ellen (Karyn Parsons) and Duncan being pursued by the wild Damita (Alysia Rogers).

Blade ends up getting in trouble with a drug lord (Thomas Mikal Ford) that he worked with before his incarceration, and the movie climaxes in a chase involving Blade, Duncan, their girlfriends and one of Blade's buddies. When the girlfriends realize that their men are swapped, both guys end up dumped. Still, Duncan manages to knock out Wedge, while Blade handles the drug lord, but all end up in jail.

After the mix-up is corrected, Blade, Duncan and company are all set free. In an anti-climax, Duncan and Blade both enter a Quizbowl in an effort to get Blade back with Ellen. They succeed when Blade answers a tiebreaker question to win the competition, recalling a choice tidbit Ellen once told him. Afterward, both couples end up together. In a final scene, Duncan's dad finds out the hard way that Duncan is definitely not gay by catching him and Play having sex in Duncan's bedroom.

Walking in each other's shoes dramatically changed the lives of both Duncan and Blade. In the epilogue, the audience learns that Blade graduated from high school and attended college (even wearing preppy attire), while Duncan attended Stanford on a football scholarship.


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The 2007 Bollywood film Good Boy, Bad Boy used many of the same key story elements as Class Act. For example, in both films a good student and a bad student get their photos switched and end up in the wrong classes; as a result, they help each other adjust to their new roles and learn new things about themselves, they each find themselves attracted to a girl who is their opposite, and the bad boy appears in a quiz show, correctly answering a question with information that he learned from a girl earlier in the film.


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