National Lampoon's Animal House

1978, Movie, R, 109 mins


Rude, rough, tasteless, but often hilarious, this movie was a huge hit with young audiences and grossed more than $80 million. Supposedly based on the actual college experiences of the screenwriters (specifically Miller's year at Dartmouth), it served to introduce to films the anarchistic talents of Belushi as he played off the fine work by Hulce, Matheson, and others. The story takes place in the early 1960s, before the Vietnam War had heated up. Hulce and the rotund Furst attempt to join fraternities on their Faber College campus, but they are turned away and wind up at Delta House, a pigsty where they are welcomed by Matheson. The school's dean, Vernon, is keeping an eye on this particular house because its boozing members all have rotten grades and break nearly every school edict with their raucous "toga parties," in which the revelers dress up in bed sheets. Vernon, who would like to shut down the place, enlists Daughton, the head of the conservative Omega House, in his scheme, but he hasn't bargained on the tenacity, ingenuity, and unbelievably gross taste of his targets. This was the first of those crazy-college-antics films and remains, in most ways, the best. leave a comment

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