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Old School

A comedy movie directed by Todd Phillips

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Testosterone, Egos and Frat Parties

  • Mar 6, 2003
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Pros: Quite funny; good cast, and, oh hey, I'M IN THIS MOVIE!!!

Cons: A lot of people won't appreciate the humor

The Bottom Line: Get ready to laugh!

Meet Mitch Martin (Luke Wilson), a humble real estate lawyer who happens to come home early from a conference and catch his long-time girlfriend, Heidi (Juliet Lewis), in a gang-bang. Mitch can't handle Heidi's kinky sexual activities and moves into his own house. The house he is now renting is on the property of Harrison University. After Mitchapalooza, a crazy party featuring none other than Snoop Dogg, Harrison's Dean Pritchard (Jeremy Piven) attempts to close down the house unless there is some college affiliation. Mitch, Frank (Will Ferrell) and Beanie (Vince Vaughn), the three men decide to form a fraternity so that Mitch can keep his house.

In order to have a fraternity, they must have pledges. Since the fraternity reaches out to the community, virtually anyone can join. From an extremely large African American pledge Weensie (Jerod Mixon) to the oldest of old pledge Blue (??), the ten pledges they choose to join Lambda Epsilon Omega cause a riot on the screen.

Ferrel, Wilson and Vaughn give a nice contrast to one another. Ferrell is the reformed party animal, Wilson is the reluctant friend and Vaughn is the mastermind. They are very believable as three men who attempt to relive their college days.

If you are not into Farrelly Brothers type movies, don't see this. It has very "stupid humor" all throughout the film. Believe it or not, there is actually a plot and many subplots. They are all easy to follow, and you actually become attached to the characters. There aren't so many subplots that you get lost in the film. All of the subplots make sense.

I went with a group of friends, and we were absolutely hysteriical laughing all throughout the film. At one point early in the film, Will Ferrell goes streaking, and is picked up by his wife and her three girlfriends. The expressions of the women before they realize that it's Frank and after are absolutely hilarious.

As I said before, this is "stupid humor," like that found in Road Trip. For example, when Weensie's weenie gets yanked because the rope and cement block it's attached to falls through a manhole. Also, when Will Ferrell shoots himself in the neck with a tranquilizer dart. Incidentally, Todd Phillips, the write and director of Old School, also wrote and directed Road Trip. Phillips will also direct Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in this year's Starsky & Hutch. (You can also see Phillips as the man that comes to the door in the very beginning of Old School looking for Heidi.)

There is also a great deal of sexual humor, such as the wrestling scene with the girls that take off their shirts. Also, Will Ferrell shows his bare behind on various occassions.

And, if you look very close in the wrestling scene, I'm the girl wearing a red shirt and black pants, screaming her head off and waving around the beer bottle.

It's worth it to go to the $5 matinee. ESPECIALLY if you're in college or miss your college days.


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review by . September 26, 2009
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I wasn't expecting high-class comedy from Will Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Luke Owen, but even so I thought this movie was puerile to the extreme. The movie is filled with stupid characters, sex-related jokes, and drunken orgies. It's a remake of Animal House, but isn't a classic like Animal House. I thought there were a few funny moments with Will Farrell, but the rest of the movie was pretty pathetic. I'd rather watch a good Will Farrell comedy, such as Kicking and Screaming. This might be worth …
review by . December 16, 2008
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review by . February 25, 2007
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OLD SCHOOL is a comedy that stars Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell. Wilson portrays Mitch Martin, a real estate lawyer who arrives home early from a business training seminar to find his wife about to participate in an orgy. This break off their relationship and Mitch finds himself alone again and moving into a house on the campus of the local university. Meanwhile Frank Richard (Will Ferrell), one of Mitch's best friends, is getting married. The other part of the trio, Bernard "Beanie" …
review by . March 06, 2003
Pros: Quite funny; good cast, and, oh hey, I'M IN THIS MOVIE!!!     Cons: A lot of people won't appreciate the humor     The Bottom Line: Get ready to laugh!     Meet Mitch Martin (Luke Wilson), a humble real estate lawyer who happens to come home early from a conference and catch his long-time girlfriend, Heidi (Juliet Lewis), in a gang-bang. Mitch can't handle Heidi's kinky sexual activities and moves into his own house. The house he …
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When three thirtysomething friends with woman troubles (Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Vince Vaughn) decide to form a fraternity, it's supposedly to save Wilson from losing his house, which the nearby college is trying to claim for academic purposes. But really, Ferrell and Vaughn are desperate to return to the reckless, feckless days of beer bongs and hot chicks, and they drag Wilson along with them as they throw themselves into gathering frat pledges of all ages.Old Schoolcould have been just another string of bad jokes hanging on a flimsy plot, but the script and the cast have a jovial energy and just enough grounding in reality--at least, up until the obligatory beat-the-system ending, but by that point you'll forgive the excesses of this silly, cheerful, and frequently funny movie. Featuring Jeremy Piven and Juliette Lewis, with cameos by Snoop Dog, Andy Dick, and others.--Bret Fetzer
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