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"My advice to you is to start drinking heavily!!!

  • Aug 20, 2010

I love the movie "Animal House"!!!  It brings me back to my college days.  I took my girlfriend (now my wife of over 30 yrs.) to see a new movie that had allot of hype, which now I can't even remember the name of.  As we were entering the theater we were told that we were going to see a second movie for free and be asked to comment on it, of course being poor college students we were thrilled to see a movie for free.  Well, when we came out of the theater our sides were hurting so much from laughing so hard.  In fact, I have never met anyone who hated this movie!!!

Here's a few things I think the movie has going for it.  First, the movie pokes fun at a very nostalgic time of America.  1962 was the tail end of the "feel good" years of American society when everyone trusted the govt. and other institutions were well respected.  In the movie, this America is epitomized by the stuck-up cardigan sweater wearing members of Omega house.  The Delta house characters are the ones who are taking on this America; they epitomize the students who in just a few years will change American society forever by protesting the Vietnam War.  This is a time (Pentagon Papers, secret bombing of Cambodia, Watergate, etc.) that American's wake up to the truth that their govt. is not clean and has lied to them.

Second, the Delta house brothers do what every college kid of the era wanted to do, they had a great time in college not worrying about grades or their future, and they lived in the moment.  1978 was a time when we college kids were having fun, but the gloom of life was on our minds.  This was the Carter years of "malaise", interest rates at 18%, jobs were scarce for college grads, and inflation was high.  We all wanted to be like "Bluto" who had seven years in college pre-med!!!

Third, the music was incredible!!!  It exposed us to early rock'n roll with "Louie, Louie" and other greats.  In the end, a very fun movie that showed college kids how much fun they could have.

By the way, for the next year, Sharon and I were going to "Toga" parties at least once every two weeks. In fact, I adopted one of the great lines in the movie.  When "flounder" is blubbering about how his brother's car was destroyed on a recent "road trip", Bluto advises him to, "start drinking heavily."  Whenever a friend of mine is in a "fix" I give them bluto's famous advice.  All my friends know me for that quote!

 Hey, I am a Univ. of Miami grad, need I say more why I love this movie!!!

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August 21, 2010
LOL! your headline has me cracking up for days! great review!
August 21, 2010
Thanks, I am still laughing from writing the review.
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Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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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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