College (1927)





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Awkward nebbish scholar Buster Keaton fails to make the grade at school with the jocks and the ladies -- until circumstances climactically push him to prove his athletic prowess and win the girl of his dreams. One of Buster's lesser -- but still classic -- silent features.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: , , , , , ,
Written By: Bryan Foy, Carl Harbaugh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2001
United Artists


as The Girl

as Her Friend

as A Rival

as Dean Edwards

as Ronald's Mother

as Crew Coach

as Baseball Coach

as Jeff's Friend

as Jeff's Friend

as Keaton's Double for ...

as Himself

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Critic Reviews for College

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

The movie is worth seeing for a lot of reasons, one of them being the weirdly elegant pratfall Keaton takes on the baseball diamond when he gets clipped by an opposing player sliding into third.

Full Review… | April 16, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Minor Keaton but major almost any other comedian.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Keaton himself strives to be funny, but his actions are so frightfully absurd that it strikes one that the character he plays never ought to be out of an asylum.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Buster on the playing field, failing gloriously at every sport but executing each one beautifully when he dashes to his girl's rescue, is a study in precision and grace.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Cartesian slapstick

Full Review… | November 16, 2009

A fine and funny film.

Full Review… | August 4, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for College

An intellectual, who eschews athletics but reasonlessly loves a girl who doesn't, tries out for various sports teams in his first year at college.
I thought the anti-intellectualism inherent in this story was off-putting. The man committed to the intellectual life was demeaned - the object of his affections rejects him and even the dean of the college pities him enough to manipulate the coach of the rowing team to include poor Ronald. The film ultimately supports the idea that intellect for its own sake is a meaningless pursuit.
Additionally, much of the middle part of the film is dedicated to Keaton slapstick. He awkwardly attempts to play baseball, unable to field a simple grounder, and flummoxes various track and field events. However, the climax, during which Keaton's character performs all of the sports feats flawlessly, was exciting, but it took so long to reach that payoff.
Overall, I recommend watching the last fifteen minutes of College or a stronger Keaton film, The General.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Another great screwball comedy featuring the very talented, and very flexible, Buster Keaton. A major talent in the ways of physical comedy, and having a great "stone face" that never laughs nor smiles, Keaton is a heavyweight title character in this farce about the myth that the strongest will survive. There are some really stellar sequences, including a slow motion series of events where the title character is tossed up in the air by a group of college freshmen, and a scene in blackface, which at first I found distateful, but eventually laughed at, as it was necessary to the scene. The ending, where Keaton somehow goes through a routine of acrobatics, was my favorite of all.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

This isn't one of Keaton's best, it's my least favourite actually, mostly because the story is predictable and it's not as funny as his other movies.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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