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College (1927)


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The silent comedy feature College stars Buster Keaton as a scholarly young man who doesn't know beans about sports. When he arrives in college, Buster finds that all the Big Men on Campus are jocks. To impress pretty coed Anne Cornwall, Buster tries and fails to join all the school teams. Even when he attempts to take a job at the campus soda fountain, Buster is a washout. Through the kindness of dean Snitz Edwards, Keaton is placed on the varsity rowing team where, despite several clumsy


Romance, Classics, Comedy


Bryan Foy

Nov 20, 2001

United Artists

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (2) | DVD (2)

Minor Keaton but major almost any other comedian.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: 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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Cartesian slapstick

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

A fine and funny film.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Minor Keaton slapstick comedy.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Madcap fun as the supremely athletic Keaton plays a bookworm who, for love of a jock-loving girl, tries but fails heroically at every possible sport in every possible way.

February 19, 2005

it's not the General but it's a treasure

April 6, 2003

A classic comedy with Keaton in top acrobatic form.

January 8, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Great Keaton vehicle.

November 12, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The finale ties earlier elements together in a clever way, but the episodic film doesn't match the best of Keaton's films that establish a more cohesive storyline

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

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.
November 27, 2011
Jim Hunter

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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.
March 25, 2011

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.
September 3, 2010

Super Reviewer

Taunting the jocks' lifestyle,Keaton is "forcing" himself to overcome the mild sporting activity of his to earn his sweetheart's acceptance.What's so funny is that first tickling labor of a person who will do anything to go against his nature.Not a thrilling ride but undeniably truthful.
September 19, 2008
Dimitris Springer

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