"For a crappy collegiate comedy, it's fairly solid."
This is going to be one short review, because I've got a ton of things to do today. You saw the previews. Did you laugh at them at all? If you did, you'll probably laugh at the movie. It is what it is, and while it's no ANIMAL HOUSE, it's no VAN WILDER either.The plot is the basic Animal House meets Road Trip (same director) meets Revenge of the Nerds with a few Fight Club scenes thrown in verbatim. There is no plot worth expounding on, just a string of gags - some of which are hysterically funny. As usual with a comedy like this, it starts to wear out its welcome around the 80 minute mark, but has the decency to not dredge on past the 90 minute moratorium set aside for crappy genre comedies.
The cast is competent, nothing more or less. Will Farrell plays the 40 year old newlywed who has not progressed mentally or emotionally beyond his high school drinking years. His antics as "Frank the Tank" are consistently amusing for the most part, and he doesn't play it out for too long like in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back or Zoolander (and really, what wasn't too fucking long about that stinkfist fest?) Likewise, Vince Vaughan does the same shtick as usual as the pushy, extroverted friend with either a "get rich" or "get laid" quick scheme. He's not as funny as he was in Swingers (nor will he ever be again), but he's not ponderously overbearing like he was in Made either. Luke Wilson plays the somewhat bemused straight man Mitch, and as usual provides no real laughs on his own but occasionally makes for a good springboard. The likes of Andy Dick and Craig Kilborne show up for roles so brief they're practically cameos, while Artie Lang has a cameo so brief he's practically not in the movie. Jeremy Piven plays the humorless asshole college dean, using the paint-by-numbers "Scheming Dean Wermer" template. Most of the female cast has thankless roles, as they're either playing college sluts or bitchy wives, although Ellen Pompeo lights up the screen a bit as Mitch's old high school crush who he unexpectedly crosses paths with.It's nothing special, but what were you expecting? It's got comedy. It's got Titties. It's got Beer. It's got K-Y Jelly wrestling. It's got Snoop Dogg. That combination can't be ALL bad, can it?