NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE (1978)
Starring- John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, Donald Sutherland
In honor of back to school time, I chose the quintessential college film for this week's movie. This film is easily in the top three all time comedies, and made fraternities something every guy wanted to join. I can say that this is true for me, and I can't thank Animal House enough for my fraternity experience.
Obviously, not every frat has characters as colorful as Bluto, Otter, Boon and Pinto, but if you've been in the Greek system or even gone to college, some part of this movie strikes a chord. College is a time for learning, growing as a person and finding yourself, but it is also a time for Toga parties, road trips, and pranks.
This movie sparkles in every scene, from the opening in the rival Omega house to the final assault on the homecoming parade. Also, few comedies are more quotable than this one. I really like to rate a film on its quotability, and on that scale Animal House is a ten out of ten.
Try these on for size.
"My advice to you is, start drinking heavily."
"Mind if we dance wif your dates?"
"Thank you, sir may I have another?"
"Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman. Damn glad to meet you."
I could go on, but just know that there are so many more to choose from. As the kids start go back to school and the season changes from summer to fall just try to harken back to a simpler time where the trees are filled with underwear and the toilets explode. And remember above all that "Knowledge is Good."
Things to Look for-
Donald Sutherland's Ass
Seinfeld's Maestro as Niedermeyer
The Sorority pillow fight (those really do happen)
The amazing soundtrack
"Why Pinto?" "Why Not?"