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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_Act Class Act]] is a [[FilmsOfThe1990s 1992]] comedy film starring hip-hop duo Kid 'n Play. The film is an urban retelling of the fairy tale ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper''. The main characters are Duncan Pinderhughes [[TeenGenius a genius]] high school student, and Michael "Blade" Brown a juvenile {{delinquent}}.

Duncan is getting ready for graduation, but finds out during an interview that despite his perfect SAT score and GPA, Harvard University will not admit him unless he can pass phys. ed. Ex-convict Blade is released from jail, and told by his parole officer that the condition of his release is staying out of trouble and a satisfactory graduation from high school. Having moved to a new neighborhood, Duncan now has to go to Higgins High School to complete his graduation requirements. As both boys encounter one another in the hallway, causing Blade to forcefully push Duncan aside, a mishap results in their pictures being swapped on their school records, causing everyone to think that each is the other one. Thus Blade is placed in Gifted classes, while Duncan is placed in minimal classes with substandard conditions and miscreants for classmates.

At first both boys are perplexed about their situation, until they learn what has happened. Duncan is eager to tell the Principal what has happened while Blade, on the other hand, decides to use this situation to his advantage. Threatening Duncan to pass all his classes, while also trying to give the clumsy genius a new persona to keep his ''good name'' and rep intact. Despite the changes in their lives, both boys gradually discover their own untapped skills while continuing the charade.

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* AbsoluteCleavage: Damita and her wardrobe of low-cut attire.
* AccidentalAthlete: When Duncan is sent to a PE class for the first time in his life, he participates in Football. In doing this he discovers he has a uncanny ability to kick field goals [[AwesomenessByAnalysis by calculating the trajectory]].
* AccidentalPervert: Duncan (multiple times). The first time was when Blade sends him crashing through the secretary, Ms. Jackson's, office resulting in him [[FunbagAirbag face-planting onto her chest]].
** The second time was Duncan trying to crawl away from danger and ends up face-planting into Damita's chest. Despite this little mishap, Damita asked for ''Blade's'' (i.e. ''Duncan's'') phone number, as he leaves his words are jumbled: "[[ThanksForTheMammary See you later da'titty- I mean Damita]]."
** When crawling through the vents at the museum, he face-plants into Damita's rump.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Damita wasn't attracted to ''Blade'' (i.e. ''Duncan'') until she found out about his ''[[MistakenForBadass reputation]]''.
* AllMenArePerverts: Blade has no problem expressing his love of women and sex.
* BlackAndNerdy: Duncan of course.
* BrainyBrunette: Ellen, who was played by [[FreshPrinceofBelAir Karyn Parsons]] known for her role as [[TheDitz Hilary Banks]] who is, amusingly, a character that is the complete opposite of Ellen.
* CoolTeacher: Mrs. Ipswitch, who was impressed by ''Duncan's'' (i.e. ''Blade's'') report on human sexuality as a function of breeding environment.
* DeliberatelyBadExample: Duncan telling the jail guard about his and Blade's childhood.
** Toddler Duncan properly learned to use his potty. Toddler Blade peed outside on the street.
** Young Duncan read books on Advanced Physics. Young Blade looked at pinup magazines (described by Duncan as a becoming a Smut King)
** Duncan "I was the perfect child who learned to share, while Blade was becoming a harden criminal."
** Tween Duncan exploring the universe with a telescope. Tween Blade peeping through a keyhole as a girl undresses.
** Duncan received a trophy for academic achievements. Blade received a jail sentence.
* DoNotCallMePaul: Blade highly prefers his nickname over his given name.
* [[DrugsAreBad Crack is Whack!]]
* {{Ephebophile}}: Ms. Jackson the secretary and Ms. Joanne Simpson the Advanced Latin teacher.
** As Ms. Jackson was sorting student records, and rubbing the photos on her breasts, she proclaims "[[JailbaitWait Woo! Jailbait!]]".
** When Ms. Simpson wants to know more about ''Duncan'' (i.e. ''Blade'') she seductively places a single leg on his desk and bites on a piece of candy, she tells him that Latin is the Father of all Romance languages.
* FirstKiss: Damita taking the initiative and aggressively kissing Duncan (complete with butt squeeze) as he flopped around like a rag doll.
* FishOutOfWater: Duncan trying to adapt to life as Blade Brown, while Blade trying to adapt to life as a genius.
* CreditsGag: Before the credits roll, Blade wanted to tell his side of the story, which would have included sex, car chases, and sex, hip hop and more sex, did I mention sex?
* HollywoodNerd: Ellen, although not the type of girl Blade is attracted to physically, she is obviously cute.
* HotGuysAreBastards: Michael "Blade" Brown
* ICantDance: Duncan
* InelegantBlubbering: Wedge when he thought he was going to be killed.
* InnocentInnuendo: When Blade was giving Duncan a make over, Duncan's father overhears what is happening and misinterprets the whole scene.
-->'''Blade:''' You know you're gonna like it! Stop squirming or I'll hold you down!\\
'''Duncan:''' Will you stop blowing me?! You're getting me much too hot! Ow!
* InterruptedIntimacy: Right before the ending, Duncan's parents hear bed squeaking, and fear Duncan and Blade are having sex. John goes to investigate, and finds Duncan having sex with Damita. He is inordinately overjoyed that his son his straight.
-->'''Mr. Pinderhughes:''' And son... Don't forget to put your "jimmy hat" on.
* [[EightiesHair Jheri curl]]: As a man grabs Damita for a dance, she lashes out at him by insulting his hairstyle.
* JiveTurkey: [[GetALoadOfThatSquare Principal Kratz's]] as he was confronting ''Blade'' (i.e. ''Duncan'').
-->'''Principal Kratz:''' Well I don't give a ''hootnanny'' what you think you are- ''Bub''! You're not going to intimidate ''me'' Jack!
** Blade trying to teach Duncan how to speak street.
*** needless to say, he ''be needin''' some more practice.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Basically when the main characters appear on-screen. Notably Wedge's theme being the funniest, full of noise-blurts and off-key notes.
* MaliciousMisnaming: Throughout the movie, Blade says Duncan's last name every way possible except for "Pinderhughes." Though of course this is mostly due to him being a jerk.
-->'''Blade:''' It's me! Duncan Pincushion!\\
'''Duncan:''' *sighs heavily* It's Pinderhughes...
* {{Megane}}: Duncan Pinderhughes
* MistakenForGay: As Duncan and Blade spend more time together, Duncan's parents, mainly his father, start to suspect that their son is gay.
-->'''Mrs. Julie Pinderhughes:''' Dear what's the matter?\\
'''Mr. John Pinderhughes:''' Julie, have you ever wondered about our son's sexual... preference?\\
'''Mrs. Julie Pinderhughes:''' Hee... You know, I never really was aware that he had one. \\
''(Both laugh)''
** Blade runs into Duncan's parents on the way out.
--->'''Blade:''' Hey, you know that kid of yours, he's going make one hell of a homey! Nice cups.\\
'''Mr. John Pinderhughes:''' Did he say...''homo''?!\\
'''Mrs. Julie Pinderhughes:''' *gasp*
* MuchAdoAboutNothing: In an attempt to be flirtatious with ''Duncan'' (i.e ''Blade''), Ellen recites "I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried in thy eyes..."
* NerdsAreVirgins: Duncan and [[spoiler:"Let's make bacon!"]] Ellen.
* NoNameGiven: Ms. Brown aka Blade's Mom.
* OddCouple: Blade, the street savvy delinquent and Duncan, the awkward genius.
* OnOneCondition: In order for Blade to get out of jail, he had to graduate high school.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Blade, Wedge, Popsicle, Fruity and Go-Go.
* PimpedOutCar: Blade's [[ThePreciousPreciousCar precious Lucille]], he proudly explains all the customizations that were done to ''her''. He forces Duncan to drive it and threatens him not to get one scratch on her or they're [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon going back to wood shop]].
* ProductPlacement: Coca-Cola
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: The Wax Museum chase.
* ShutUpKiss: An order given by Ellen and Damita to their respective partners.
* {{Sidekick}}: Popsicle, who will hang out with anyone that he considers cool.
* SwappedRoles: Theme of the movie.
* SweetTooth: Popsicle, who is ''[[OralFixation always]]'' seen sucking on a lollipop.
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: Mr. Mink
* ThatCameOutWrong: Duncan's first time at a club and trying to talk to the opposite sex.
-->'''Duncan:''' Do you come a lot- I mean do you ''come here'' a lot?
* TheBully: Wedge the ''JerkJock''.
* TheNicknamer: Popsicle, who will happily spout out a bunch of titles for anyone, even if they don't want it.
* TheNarrator: Duncan at the beginning and end of the movie.
* ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity: Going from Straight A Genius to Hardcore Criminal in one day, and vice-versa.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Tommy and Tyrone, Mr. Mink's hired goons.
* TraumaticHaircut: As Blade's parole officer, Reichert, stands up to leave he tells Blade that the judge has arranged a special parting gift for him. Blade thinks he will be getting new shoes but it turns out it is a haircut, proceeded by a [[PrecisionFStrike long drawn out F-Bomb]].
** Upon [[TheGlassesGottaGo tossing away Duncan's glasses]], Blade pretty much destroys Duncan's Hi-top fade by giving him hairlocs, all the while Duncan is [[CrowningMomentOfFunny screaming his lungs out]].
* TwinkleSmile: Duncan receiving Blade's gold-tooth, complete with [[AudibleGleam audible gleam]].
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