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Still Stands Strong Today

  • Sep 13, 2003
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Since the version that I just watched DOES NOT have any excessive commercials or a Where Are They Now segment, I feel more focused to comment on the movie alone. Sometimes it pays to stick with the original format instead of an upgraded edition. Anyway, many other reviewers are drifting off the deep end by commenting on the commercials excessively. Stick to the meat and potatoes guys.

Anyway, this is a cult classic. Pete Riegert, John Belushi, and Tim Matheson give grade A performances. Oh what great oddball scenes ranging from the horse in the Dean's Office to the Toga Party to Otis Day And The Knights. Even though many of the party scenes are somewhat exaggerated, Animal House succeeds at painting an accurate comedic portrait of fraternity life on college campuses in the 1960's.

Today it is a little sophomoric for this 40 something year old guy. However, another part of me reminisces about my college days and how fraternities were influenced by this very humorous film. Definitely try this one out one night when you need something to make you feel good and yearn back to your younger days.

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National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 comedy film directed by John Landis and adapted by Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller and Harold Ramis from stories written by Miller and published in National Lampoon magazine based on his experiences in the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Dartmouth College, as well as Ramis's experiences in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis. The film is about a misfit group of fraternity boys that takes on the system at their college.

It is considered to be the movie that launched the gross-out genre, although it was predated by several films now also included in the genre. Produced on a small $2.7 million budget, the film has turned out to be one of the most profitable movies of all time. Since its initial release, Animal House has garnered an estimated return of more than $141 million in the form of video and DVDs, not including merchandising. In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. This film is first on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies." It was #36 on AFI's "100 Years, 100 Laughs" list of the 100 best American comedies.

Promotional song from this movie was "Animal House", written and performed by Stephen Bishop (who also recorded song called "Dream Girl" to the film's soundtrack and who appeared in the movie

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