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National Lampoon's Animal House
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by Chris Parry

"My advice to you... drink heavily."
5 stars

Back in the final days of the 1970ís, the world wondered what the new decade - the 80ís - would bring. Would it be a destruction of mankind? Would it bring a cure for cancer? Bah, to heck with it. All anyone really cared about was getting laid. And thatís why Animal House, the precursor of a thousand teen/gross-out/sex/farce/college comedies, is so fondly remembered as one of the last, great, pure, mainstream, Ďtits out for the ladsí movies of our time. In fact, itís such a seminal (no pun intended) movie that itís listed on the National Film Preservation Boardís ĎNational Film Registryí.

Whatís not to love about a movie featuring pranks against jocks, non-stop chugging of beer, great music, superb T&A, John Belushi going manic and Donald Sutherland before he got old? A comedy classic that gave so much street cred to National Lampoon that theyíre still making awful movies today on the back of it (Van WilderÖ ugh), Animal House is so funny and so well remembered that you can almost guarantee itís playing somewhere on your cable system this weekend.

Itís 1962 and Dean Wermer has decided that he must rid Faber College of the one frat house so disreputable it will take anyone. Enlisting the help of an opposing frat filled with rich kids, jocks and pretty boys, the snobs take on the slobs in a battle where the last man standing wins. And everyone gets loads of poon.

Starring the late John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Bruce Mcgill and Donald Sutherland (as a stoned college professor who nails student Nancy Allen), not to mention a young Kevin Bacon in his film debut, Animal House was the high point in a lot of careers and the beginning of many more. Sadly, Mary Louise Weller, who bared her breasts in full frontal glory for her part in this film, never got the Oscar she deserved for doing so and ended up never again reaching these heights. neither did Lisa Baur, who also took her top off for the lads and was rewarded for her troubles by not receiving a single acting job ever again.

And letís be clear, everyone who appeared in Animal House deserves a special Oscar for lifetime achievement. This film so worked its way into the American psyche that the Toga Party, a virtually unknown college event until Animal House was released, has now become an American institution. Added to that, the flick has made so much money that, had Donald Sutherland taken up the offer of a percentage of the gross, instead of an up front payment, he would have earned himself nearly $40m.

Full of great quotable lines and hilarious scenes, not to mention some fantastic late 70ís flesh, Animal House is the sort of movie you throw on when you have sixteen buddies over, in between games of cards, while drinking tequila out of coffee-cups. Itís what America is all about.

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7/07/20 FireWithFire By 1970, the slobs had become the snobs, and have ruled college since, with a Marxist fist 1 stars
11/25/19 Carl Bruun This overrated film made being lazy and unfocused cool. Overrated. 2 stars
8/14/16 David Hollingsworth The college movie to end them all. 5 stars
8/24/12 Ed Great flick. Belushi in top form." 4 stars
4/09/12 keith miron My favorite part is when the horse freeze framed 3 stars
5/10/10 art CADDYSHACK stole this movie's THUNDER! 1 stars
6/05/09 art ONLY FOR DRUNKEN FRAT-BOY"S! 1 stars
9/17/08 Jeph singlehandedly rewrote American 'jargon' ! 5 stars
3/18/08 kowface A classic! i can warch it a million times! 5 stars
1/15/07 David Pollastrini very funny 4 stars
1/06/07 Josh Nichols Belushi was awesome. 5 stars
12/28/06 Kid Belushi It was simply hysterical. 5 stars
10/29/06 SS They should remake it. with Jack Black playing Bluto. 5 stars
10/18/06 Werebelushi mash potato zit. Bluto is my favourite character in that movie, i love John Belushi. 5 stars
9/12/06 Indrid Cold Some pacing problems courtesy of John Landis, but a classic nonetheless. 5 stars
6/08/06 Peggy Doty COULDN'T STOP LAUGHING 5 stars
3/11/06 BBX This is a unique classic! It rocks! 5 stars
1/06/06 yousef ammar 1 stars
8/19/05 ES See old school for a good time, this one is too blah 3 stars
6/09/05 Taylor Fladgate One of the Top 5 comedies of ALL TIME!!! 5 stars
6/03/05 Indrid Cold Chock full of hilarious, unforgettable scenes. An unqualified comedy classic. 5 stars
5/27/05 Lord Haw Haw All other comedies worship at the Animal House shrine. 5 stars
3/07/05 Jeff Anderson John Landis' CITIZEN KANE! A great comedy & the late Belushi & the entire awesome cast ROCK 5 stars
1/13/05 HL A Grade Point Average of "0.0"!! 5 stars
1/08/05 nirmals animalsex 5 stars
11/09/04 mm thakare film 1 stars
9/28/04 sbpat21 hilarious 5 stars
8/22/04 steve o what was the " ZIT " cottage cheese or mashed potato 5 stars
8/01/04 Kathryn Knowlton glorious, such a classic! Set the precedent for all the stuff out there now 5 stars
7/08/04 Spinz BELUSHI IS MY HERO 5 stars
2/10/04 Whatevr Worth watching at least 100 times. 5 stars
1/28/04 Kitty B. CC SUCKS!!!! 5 stars
12/13/03 Jay Randolph this movie is one of the greats 5 stars
11/18/03 *A Monotonous Creton who loves Tom Hulce* i luv u john!!!!! and i luv u too, pinto, u hottie!!! 5 stars
11/07/03 Capt' Fox Classic. This is part of America. Cut lose, have fun, lighten up and watch it. 5 stars
10/11/03 Nikki Jean Theophobia tom hulce was SOOO much cuter 20 years ago than justin timberlake is 20 years later 5 stars
9/22/03 MellCat_Slayer_de_Jake how belushi can down all that shit is pretty obvious but where hes puttin it all has got me 5 stars
9/22/03 Kitty J. Blues how many guys do u see a day chuggin a whole bottle of jack daniels?? thats my man belushi! 5 stars
9/21/03 CAT BLUES it was awesome i loved bluto and d-day he rocked pinto is so hot stork rox 5 stars
9/01/03 Andy Tugnoli simply the nr. one 5 stars
8/31/03 Kitty Kelso Bluto's MY man baby!! get back grls!! Pinto u were soo cute!!! 5 stars
8/30/03 Kitty B. "start drinking heavily" BELUSHI ALL THE WAY BABY!! 5 stars
8/21/03 tyler this movie is awseom! 5 stars
8/08/03 3man "Do you mind if we dance with your dates?" 5 stars
5/21/03 drew shurson outstanding 5 stars
2/16/03 savagegiraffe please sir..may i have another??? 5 stars
1/20/03 Allen Can you say OVERRATED? 3 stars
1/20/03 Jack Sommersby Atrociously directed and poorly written. A couple of laughs, but that's it. 1 stars
10/27/02 Matt Neopalitano Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? HELL NO! 5 stars
9/26/02 Morally Sound Guess what I am! . . . (*Sploosh*) . . . The Human Zit! 5 stars
9/17/02 Charles Tatum Geez, it ain't THAT funny 4 stars
9/01/02 AshFan This movie is THE college comedy! If you're below 15, though, see it on TV. 4 stars
5/11/02 Butterbean A dull comedy that was rightfully credited for better,funnier future "bad boy" movies. 2 stars
12/15/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Funny as hell! John Belushi was probably one of the funniest dudes of his time! 5 stars
10/22/01 Bob Jones Best film ever 5 stars
9/23/01 Larry Smith CLASSIC John Belushi... Give it a "10".... 5 stars
8/30/01 Gary Really funny. 4 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk When Landis was king...Perfect film. 5 stars
8/02/01 Ricky toga! toga! toga! toga! 5 stars
7/27/01 tom F. Awesome, survives its cheap knockoffs... 5 stars
7/23/01 Chuck Moore One of the best comedies ever 5 stars
7/19/01 R.W. Welch Raucous, amusing and done with colossal verve. Something of a tour de force. 5 stars
6/07/01 King Jackass Belushi is priceless! 5 stars
3/03/01 Mento Buru The bible..... 5 stars
2/06/01 Classicdog Belushi acting, Landis directing, Ramis writing, what the fuck. Best movie ever!!! 5 stars
2/01/01 tim A Must See!! 5 stars
11/07/00 Kevin Parsons If you don't like this movie you must be blind! 5 stars
2/17/00 Ann This movie rules! 5 stars
11/03/99 Todd The ultimate college slacker movie 5 stars
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