Sunday, November 20, 2011

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

This is a solid movie. In 1962, college freshmen, Larry Kroger (Thomas Hulce) and Kent Dorfman (Stephen Furst), want to join a fraternity. They first try the prestigious Omega Theta Pi, but decide it's the wrong group. Next, they visit Delta Tau Chi and are immediately welcomed. The dean of the college wants to ban the Deltas because of their repeated code violations and low grade point averages. The Deltas decide to throw a toga party as one last official event before being expelled. Larry invites the teller (Sarah Holcomb) from the supermarket, but later learns she is both underage and the mayor's daughter. The dean holds a final meeting to revoke their charter and the Delta members decide to take revenge.

National Lampoon was a humor magazine started in 1970, as a spinoff of the Harvard Lampoon. Filmed for $2.7 million, it is one of the most profitable movies of all time. The film was shot at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Spike TV's sitcom Blue Mountain State uses this film as an inspiration. The popular song "Shout" was originally recorded by The Isley Brothers in 1959.

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