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This article is about the 1998 comedy film; for the MTV UK dating show see MTV Senseless.
For the use as a word see nonsense.

Movie poster for Senseless
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Produced by Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Scott Wilder
Don Carmody
Eric L. Gold
Cary Granat
Albert Beveridge
Peter Safran
Mike Karz
Terry Austin
David Hoberman
Written by Greg Erb
Craig Mazin
Starring Marlon Wayans
David Spade
Matthew Lillard
Brad Dourif
Tamara Taylor
Rip Torn
Music by Boris Blank
Cinematography Daryn Okada
Editing by Ross Albert
Distributed by Dimension Films
Miramax Films
Release date(s) February 20, 1998
Running time 93 mins.
Country United States United States
Language English

Senseless is a 1998 comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and written by Greg Erb and Craig Mazin.


Darryl Witherspoon (Marlon Wayans) is a college economics student, who doesn't have the advantages of his wealthy arch-nemesis Scott Thorpe (David Spade), or his best friend Tim LaFlour (Matthew Lillard), who's got a hockey scholarship. Darryl is so broke he donates four pints of blood in one day (playing a different character each time) and four vials of sperm in one day. Darryl's big break has come when he enters a competition, where the winner gets a high-paying Wall Street job. But when Scott enters the competition, it seems Darryl's break has gone down the drain. He takes on a high-paying experiment to test a drug that enhances the five senses. Darryl uses it to his advantage and he impresses the competition's supervisor (Rip Torn) and he even joins the hockey team as a goalie. But after taking an extra dose one night, he experiences side effects. The experiment's supervisor (Brad Dourif) tells Darryl only four of his senses will work at a time until the drug leaves his body. Hopefully, before the competition. Darryl Goes to the doctor who gave him the drug to tell him he overdosed,the doc tells him the drug will take three days to leave his system. But as Darryl continues to struggle, Tim thinks that Darryl is on heroine and gets worried about him. Darryl's luck then starts going down the drain as he loses the hockey game because his sense of sight is lost. He also mistakenly confesses love to his girlfriend's father whom he thinks is his girlfriend as his sense of sight is lost. He also acts very clumsily (because of the loss of the ability to feel) during the basketball game he is invited to see with a client who needs to be impressed in order for Darryl to score some points with the smythe/bates guys. Luckily, the client thinks Darryl is just funny and signs a contract with the company. As the story progresses, Darryl asks his friend Tim to help study for the interview tomorrow, while Scott studies for the test too with the aid of his rich father's employees. Scott is shown to answer a question correctly but he does not know the reason behind it, he ignores the question. The next day, the drug leaves Darryl's system and now all his five senses operate normally. During the interview, it comes down to Darryl and Scott, Scott is asked the same question he was asked last night, he answers it correctly but when asked the reason (why?), he does not know, Darryl steps in, gives the correct reason and scores the position of junior analyst at smythe bates. But in his speech, he confesses that he cheated by taking an experimental drug. A meeting is called to decide his fate, his girlfriend's father tells him that he himself started out in the mail room and Darryl should too, if he serves one year duty in the mail room, he'll score the position of junior analyst. The story skips a year and Darryl is shown to ask his mom to move into a deluxe apartment. The movie ends here.


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