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Old School

A comedy movie directed by Todd Phillips

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Omnisexual College Hijinks

  • Dec 16, 2008
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"Old School"

Omnisexual College Hijinks

Amos Lassen

It is really hard to produce a really good comedy and "Old School" comes really close to being one of the best. However, director Todd Phillips went a step too far with this outing. The movie is very funny and the stars, Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn pull out all the stops. They are guys in their thirties who decide that they should start a fraternity so they can experience what they missed when they were in college. The humor is raunchy and sometimes outrageous and it will keep you laughing. It is unapologetic with cheap laughs, however. Every cliché you have ever seen before seems to have found its way into this movie. There are wild frat parties, wrestling girls covered in KY, and antics galore.
At least the movie makes no pretense of being more than it is yet it is not insipid--it is just fun. It is not a bad movie but neither is it a good movie. Luke Wilson is perfect as Mitch who is steady and reserved who instigated the whole idea. As his friend Beanie is Vince Vaughn who has perfect comic timing and who raises the idea that since Mitch has now left his cheating girlfriend, they should celebrate his new freedom. They are
soon joined by every thirty something who feels
he needs to recapture his college days when they were not in the "in crowd". Will Ferrell as Frank the Tank owns his role as the lovable loser and the sad sack. He has the best lines. Andy Dick in a cameo performance as a cross dressing gay male is hysterical.
If you like to laugh and really do not care how silly things can get, this is the movie for you. I, personally, prefer drama.

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review by . September 26, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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 . 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 …
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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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities.   I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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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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