Wednesday, July 18, 2012

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) review


Throughout the years of its release, I believe this is still one of the funniest comedies of all-time.

PLOT:It's the 1960's at Faber College, and we follow the college lives of mainly Larry Kroger (Tom Hulce) and Kent Dorfman (Stephen Furst) as they first start looking for a fraternity to join. They try getting into the top house, but are just shunned. So, by being a legacy, Kent and Larry are able to join the Deltas, which happen to be the worst house on campus. Parties every weekend, loads of beer, and sucky grades are this house's forte. There they meet the obnoxious drinker, John Blutarsky (John Belushi), the leader, Eric Stratton (Tim Matheson), reckless "D-Day" (Bruce McGill), and "Boon" (Peter Riegert) among many others. We follow their college lives and how they always keep the party going. However, Dean Wormer (John Vernon) is planning on shutting the house down and kicking them out. The Deltas must show the dean some potential to keep their house or be expelled with hilarity sprinkled throughout. It's a good plot idea executed hilariously and outrageously.

ACTING:The acting in here is pretty great. I believe Belushi stole the show as Bluto; his character was truly memorable in every way. The other shiners were Tim Matheson as Eric "Otter" Stratton, Stephen Furst as Kent "Flounder" Dorfman, Donald Sutherland as Prof. Jennings, Mary Louise Weller as Mandy Pepperidge, Bruce McGill as Daniel Simpson "D-Day" Day, Mark Metcalf as Doug Neidermeyer, Karen Allen as Katy, and Verna Bloom as Marion Wormer. I didn't believe John Vernon played that good of a villain-character; he just seemed like a tired hothead. I'm also sure I forgot to mention some performances, because just about every one in here is great.

SCORE:The score is mainly made up of upbeat oldies music, such as the now-iconic "Louie Louie" and the even more iconic "Shout" by Otis Day and the Knights. The soundtrack is pretty rockin'.

OTHER CONTENT:Every scene of this movie is iconic, to say the least. Every scene is memorable for something, whether it be funny or ridiculous. In my opinion, there's never a dull moment in here. This movie's hilarious, outrageous, true to some college cliches, and overall fun. The only problem I seemed to find with it is that I believe it would have done a little better with some character development with certain characters instead of just plunging us into their lives unexpectedly. Also, some say one of this movie's downfalls is its overloading crudeness, but I disagree, saying that's what makes the movie all the more fun. This movie practically invented the Roman toga party and the beer can smashed-on-the-head move. This was truly the milestone for every college movie.

OVERALL,an awesome comedy with a hilariously executed plot, great acting, rockin' soundtrack, every scene being iconic, no dull moments, outrageous hilarity, some true college cliches, overloading crudeness, and overall fun, but I believe the movie would have worked better with some character development.

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