you probably don't like teen sex comedies anyway. If you write more than 10 lines about this classic, you are taking it way too seriously. This is the King of Teen Sex Comedies, period. Anything that follows is/was a pretender or copycat. And I'll never understand why someone would spend so much time and space critiquing a film they don't like, from a genre they obviously don't appreciate. Virtually every actor plays his part realistically. I still get a huge kick out of Belushi's speech about the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor. Or "Do you mind if we dance with yo <more>
dates? Or "mine is bigger....my cucumber." Lots of classic lines. Just enjoy it!
You'll have to excuse me and some of the other proponents of 'National Lampoon's Animal House' if we seem a little defensive about the movie. That's because it's often not recognized as the superior comedy classic that it is. Instead, too often it is lumped in with the multitude of inferior films that it inspired, which is totally unfair.Some of the conventional wisdom about 'Animal House' is absolutely right, though. John Belushi does give a bravura performance that is reminiscent of the great comics before him like Chaplin, Keaton Buster, not Michael , the <more>
Marx Brothers, etc., and he does it with a wonderful economy of words. His character of "Bluto" Blutarsky is often emulated and imitated but many times the persons doing so have no idea what it was that made him and his performance so great.Tim Matheson as "Otter" and his other frat house buddies were also prototypes that were much imitated too, and again often without success. Otter was the quintessential smooth talker, always working an angle on everybody, especially the ladies. When a woman tells him that his lovemaking wasn't that great, he cocks his head, points a finger at himself and mouths the words, "not great?" in mock disbelief. Before Tom Hanks got "Big" he made a career out of playing this character. Also John Vernon set a standard for straight men with his portrayal of the beleaguered Dean Wormer, plagued by his "zoo fraternity."Not all of the movie's humor aims low, by any means; some of it is quite sophisticated. Yes, you read it right. The screenwriters and director John Landis did a great job evoking Kennedy-era America and they found a lot to laugh at. This comedy is an unqualified classic by the simplest definition-- it makes you laugh, long and loud.
What started it all- and still the best (by Quinoa1984)
This is the best college comedy ever made. Nothing has ever come close to comedic perfection, and never will again. The early bird director John Landis directs this film into greatness bringing stars John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, Mark Metcalf and Donald Sutherland to the screen in brilliance. True, this film is just about a bunch of misfits defying authority in a campus of 1962, but that's what makes it so good, and original. Belushi, Metcalf, and others bring many of the laughs here, but it is mainly it's reputation that brings this film into hilarity. A landmark in cinema <more>
comedy. By the way, screenwriters Harold Ramis and Chris Miller originally were going to make this a film about Charles Manson called Laser Orgy Girls, so thank god Douglas Kenney came in and straightened this out to the right part.
"My advice to you is to start drinking heavily." (by MovieAddict2016)
This raunchy comedy was a major success at the time of its release grossing well over $100 million in theaters alone and still maintains a strong cult following on home video. It is the gross-out boys-only flick that launched a new wave of rude-n'-crude teen comedies, as well as immortalizing John Belushi as one of America's most beloved comedic icons.It's the 1960s and the Delta fraternity is in trouble with the Faber College's Dean Wormer John Vernon yet again. The frat's crazy antics have gotten out of hand and the grades of its students have been steadily <more>
declining. Grabbing at the opportunity, Dean Wormer uses their poor grades and behavior as an excuse to kick them off the campus. However, the Deltas fight back and give it all they've got."Animal House" is solely responsible for the surge of teen-styled comedies in the 1980s and '90s. There is no other film predating this, to speak of, which mixed sex, profanity, vulgarity, slapstick and rebellion all into one funny little bundle. "Animal House" truly is a revolutionary comedy, for better or worse. Yet in fact for all its offensive material, "Animal House" is joyously likable, infectious and agreeable. The writers Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller create a plethora of strong characters, which helps define and separate "Animal House" from many of its imitators and indeed compares it to the equally-enjoyable "American Pie" series, which like the "Animal" before it took the time to study and care for its characters, rather than completely exploit them for "humor" it's always harder to laugh at characters we don't care about, and much easier to laugh at those of whom we do .Director John Landis who would re-team with Belushi again in 1980 with "The Blues Brothers" not only understands his cast mainly Belushi but also his audience and paves a way for sibling genre entries through his realistic slapstick approach this is not crazy in the same way as Airplane, Naked Gun or Police Academy is in fact it's far more rooted in realism and only a few sequences really get out of hand and turn into classic dumb slapstick .John Belushi as the alcoholic Bluto Blutarsky on getting kicked out of college: "Seven years down the drain! I might as well join the Peace Corps!" remains the scene-stealer to this day, yet despite the film's close links with Belushi in general he is just a co-star, and when on-screen rarely speaks a fact played to the film's comedic advantage when Bluto gives his final rousing speech, it seems to mean something, even if well it doesn't. Belushi demanded the largest paycheck of all the actors including Donald Sutherland but is hardly the "star" of "Animal House." Had he been, it may very well not have been as successful as it turned out to be not because Bluto is annoying, but because introducing him in smaller portions rather than focusing on him alone constructs a fall-back mechanism of sorts; when the comedy is lagging too much, they bring in Bluto for support.Bluto thrives on fun and partying when he learns of a possible toga party, he begins a chant. One imagines he's so drunk and stoned he doesn't really understand much of what is going on. The film never identifies with him on a personal level. He's just sort of there. And we get the feeling perhaps he's only involved in the frat's antics because it's a blast does he really care about staying in college? Or does he just want more free booze? "Animal House" might not be the best comedy of all time, and I'm hardly going to start arguing that it is. For one thing, it can tend to be a bit inconsistent the humor is never continuously strong; rather it comes in bursts. Technically, it's imperfect by a long shot. However, whoever said that the amount of laughter alone defines the greatness of a comedy? Do we need it to be fine art? "Animal House" doesn't only have its fair share of funny material and iconic screen moments, but is also incredibly entertaining, rowdy and cool the quintessential college film and certainly the sort of comedy any self-respecting bachelor would make sure he views at least two hundred times a year. Give or take. All together, now: "Toga, toga, toga!"
Wow...talk about a generation gap.... (by MartinHafer)
"Animal House" is a comedy classic and there have already been a bunch of reviews for it. So, instead of discussing the specifics, I want to relate what happened when I re-watch the film a few years ago. Now I have always loved "Animal House" and the film never fails to make me laugh. Even now, if my wife says 'Fawn Liebowitz', I can't help but laugh. So, when my oldest daughter got old enough to watch the film which is 30, but I watched it with her when she turned 18 , we watched it together. I KNEW she'd laugh hysterically....and she never did. In fact, <more>
when the film was over, she said 'it's okay...' and I was shocked. How could she not love the film?! Well, I think a lot of it happens to have a lot to do with when you grew up. Back in the late 70s, it worked GREAT but now here in 2008, it fell a bit flat. Wow...what a shock.So, I assume that the film will definitely work better if you grew up around the time the film was made...though it is possible that my oldest is just a weird!
This is about as good as its gets for this style of comedy.Almost every scene is a classic, every character is perfect, and the comic genius of the late John Belushi is evident throughout.As campus comedy goes, there are few finer, as Pinto, Flounder, Bluto, D-Day, etc, fight for there right to party without letting little things like studies or education get in the way .My favourite scenes include - 'Food Fight' in the campus canteen 'I'm a zit, get it''Flounder shooting Neidermeyer's horse with blanks' "Holy S**T!"'Pinto's first sexual <more>
encounter' F**k her, F**k her brains out, suck her T**s, etc.The list is endless, and the comedy is timeless,A brilliant movie, thats got something for everyone, although it has dated, just a little 9/10
National Lampoon's finest cinematic moment. (by jckruize)
Tasteless, politically incorrect and absolutely laugh-out loud hilarious, with a cast that's a Who's Who of later stars, including Peter Riegert, Tom Hulce, Tim Matheson, Karen Allen, Kevin Bacon, etc. It's bittersweet watching the brilliance of John Belushi in this, his finest hour. Every twitch of his beady eyes, every jiggle of his mighty beer belly, every line of dialogue delivered with just the right amount of bluster or sneering sarcasm -- this guy was a bona-fide comic genius. He was taken from us far too soon.Director John Landis orchestrates the escalating hi-jinks with <more>
masterful comedic precision, Elmer Bernstein contributes a very funny mock-grandiose score, and veteran character actor John Vernon provides a wonderful arch-villain as the toweringly evil Dean Wormer.There are almost too many comic highlights; pick your own favorite. My candidates: Bluto's rousing speech about the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor, Pinto's Good & Bad Consciences battling over whether he should take advantage of his passed-out date, and Otter picking up the dean's wife in the supermarket vegetable aisle.Watch for co-writer Doug Kenney as 'Stork', suspected of brain damage. Another Saturday Night Live alumnus, along with Belushi and Harold Ramis, he died in a hiking accident in Hawaii not too long after the movie's release. Heartfelt thanks to him and Belushi, as well as everyone else involved in this classic, for providing us with so many laughs.
Yep, it must be Animal House!The classic frat comedy of all time. A simple story of college life for a bunch of delinquents who seek solace with a an endless supply of beer, toga parties and loads of young girls.It doesn't matter that the Delta House the home of said delinquents , continually fail to pass their exams, for them sex & booze is all what life is about.The movie is a perfect vehicle for Saturday Night Live star, John Belushi, who is allowed to show off his considerable talent as the biggest sicko of the Delta bunch - check out his impression of a Zit!!But he is well <more>
supported by Tom Hulce, and surprisingly Donald Sutherland as the hippy professor with wayout theories. Able actor, John Vernon, plays the Principle of the college and often the butt of the Delta House: finding a horse in his office is a classic piece of farce!All in all, the film hangs together very well with a good script and superb visual jokes. John Landis must have a wild college life himself when he made this.***/*****
Vulgar, but also incredibly funny with a truly wonderful performance from Belushi (by TheLittleSongbird)
Animal House is not my favourite comedy or anything, but I like it very much. I do like comedy, I like John Landis and I like John Belushi, so naturally I thought yeah I think I'll like this film. And I did. While light on plot and quite vulgar strictly speaking, it is still hugely enjoyable thanks to the performances. Animal House is beautifully filmed, has a good soundtrack and John Landis does a great job directing, while the sight gags are smart and the script has enough hilarious one-liners to keep you chuckling. As for favourite scenes, I have two specific favourites, the food fight <more>
and the wonderful rallying speech. The acting is very good, while Kevin Bacon, Tom Hulce, Peter Reigert and Donald Sutherland give great performances, it is John Belushi's film all the way as he gives one of his best ever performances in this film. In conclusion, very good film and funny. 8/10 Bethany Cox