A duo of college roommates struggling to obtain the grades necessary for them to gain entry into Harvard grad school discover possible salvation in the form of a clause which asserts that they would stand to benefit if one they are co-habiting with takes their own life.

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Low-voltage thriller which fails to convince on the most basic levels, though it does have a few interesting things to say.

Sensitive Chris, Michael Vartan, shares a room at university with creepy Tim, Matthew Lillard, and sexist Rand, Randall Batinkoff. Rand treats his Canadian girlfriend, Natalie, Tamara Craig Thomas, appallingly, especially when she reveals she`s pregnant. Incredibly, Tim persuades Chris to help him in a scheme to pass his exams without having to study: if a student suicides, his room-mates are given full marks. So the obnoxious Rand falls over a cliff, soon to be followed by Natalie. But then Chris discovers Tim is throwing suspicion for Rand`s death on him... Dead Man`s Curve prompted a bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival, for American independent films, 18 months ago - but seen out of the context of the festival it just looks like a poor man`s Scream . It`s a low voltage thriller which fails to convince on the most basic levels, though it does have a few interesting things to say about youthful power-plays and the obsession with suicide. But the mysoginistic tone of much of the film adds to the overall unpleasantness of this first time effort from director Dan Rosen, whose screenplay for The Last Supper was a lot more interesting than this.Margaret`s Comment:Dan Rosen has the ability to combine comedy with the edge of a black thriller that gives quite a fresh feel to Dead Man`s Curve. Unfortunately the seeds of the movie`s downside are contained in the central character of Tim who is so vile you can`t understand why anyone would want to be friends with him. If Tim had been written in a slightly more restrained manner the movie`s credibility - such as it is - would have been better established.It is such a far-fetched story, but cleverly devised so that you don`t actually know what`s been happening until the very end. The performances are solid from the ensemble cast, Michael Vartan is particularly impressive. And somehow the film gains from having an undercurrent of something real at its base - the pressure put on young people to succeed at school and college in the belief that their lives will be nothing without adequate qualifications from the `right` school. The film certainly shows limitations of budget but still manages to entertain within those constraints.