Animal House (1978)


“They kicked us out of school? That makes sense.” – Otter

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (video in the 80’s, cable, DVD, 27 Aug 1999 and 1 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A rowdy frat house on a college campus is targeted by the Dean for expulsion, but the members decide to still keep college life as fun as possible.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing as a kid in the 80’s and instantly was drawn in by how hilarious it was.

The main plot of the film has been carbon copied so many times in the 40 years since it came out yet none of them have managed to come even close to being as sucessful in terms of hilarity.

The cast of this film is superb and many of them went out to have great careers following this film.

The standout is obviously John Belushi who gave IMHO his best career performance with this film even if it may not be his most popular (that wold probably be from The Blues Brothers (1980) which was made just two years later.)

The antics perpetrated by these college kids are so funny that it doesn’t really matter how many times one sees this film, they still work and never get stale.

The theme music for this film is quite iconic and still is very memorable after so many years.

This film utilizes both verbal and physical jokes so well that it requires repeat viewing to try and catch them all.

It still remains one of the best comedies ever made.

Bottom Line – Hilarious film that has been copied so unsuccessfully so often over the years. The cast is superb and this is probably Belushi’s best role (even if it isn’t his most popular).  The antics perpetrated by these college kids is so funny, it doesn’t matter how often one watches this film, the jokes never get stale.  The theme music has become quite iconic and remains so memorable.  The jokes of this film are both verbal and visual and that’s why this movies is still considered one of the best comedies ever made. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to John Landis, Universal Pictures President Ned Tanen objected so strongly to the Dexter Lake Club scene that he interrupted a screening of the film and ordered the scene be removed immediately, claiming it would cause race riots in the theaters. In response, Landis screened the film for Richard Pryor, who then wrote a note to Tanen which read: “Ned, ‘Animal House’ is f*cking funny, and white people are crazy. Richard.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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