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National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 4

The talents of director John Landis and Saturday Night Live's irrepressible John Belushi conspired to create a rambunctious, subversive college comedy that continues to resonate.

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

The talents of director John Landis and Saturday Night Live's irrepressible John Belushi conspired to create a rambunctious, subversive college comedy that continues to resonate.

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Director John Landis put himself on the map with this low-budget, fabulously successful comedy, which made a then-astounding 62 million dollars and started a slew of careers for its cast in the process. National Lampoon's Animal House is set in 1962 on the campus of Faber College in Faber, PA. The first glimpse we get of the campus is the statue of its founder Emil Faber, on the base of which is inscribed the motto, "Knowledge Is Good." Incoming freshmen Larry "Pinto" Kroger (Tom Hulce) and Kent

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Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller III, Harold Ramis

Feb 24, 1998

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While the low comedy is undeniably effective, the film leaves behind a bad taste of snobbery and petty meanness.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (16)
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The Lampoon people understand the darkest secret of an American college education: one of the noblest reasons to go is to spend four years studying sex.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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There's enough bite and bawdiness to provide lots of smiles and several broad guffaws.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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An unashamed sense of its own fantasy is coupled with classically mounted slapstick; nostalgia mixes with cynicism in seductive proportions; and John Belushi's central performance as brain-damaged slob-cum-Thief of Baghdad is wonderful.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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National Lampoon's Animal House is by no means one long howl, but it's often very funny, with gags that are effective in a dependable, all-purpose way.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The movie is vulgar, raunchy, ribald, and occasionally scatological. It is also the funniest comedy since Mel Brooks made The Producers.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (3)
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The spirit of National Lampoon, as well as the voice of a generation...

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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a nice piece of counterculture which takes place at a time when there wasn't much counterculture out there

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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Easily one of the best teen sex comedies of all time and quite possibly the best frat comedy ever made.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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John Belushi's raucous toga party isn't for young kids.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

A masterpiece in anarchy.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Growing old disgracefully, Animal House is every bit as good as you remember.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Animal House is a self-congratulatory mess; but it's also spattered with terrific one-liners and sight gags, and it's the best showcase extant for John Belushi's subversive, attention-grabbing screen presence.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
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Animal House brandit le titre de film culte avec honneur.

August 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Panorama

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June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen It!
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Arguably the most influential comedy of our time.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Obscene, absurd and hilarious, Animal House is a genre classic.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
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This was the first of those crazy-college-antics films and remains, in most ways, the best.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

"Animal House" never settles for just funny. It always strives for double-secret funny.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Director John Landis made a film that will probably remain fresh and fun for as long as kids go to college.

August 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Almost everyone else has at least one funny scene to equal Belushi's greatest moments.

July 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Ramis, Landis and their colleagues created a party film that's deeply rooted in the soil of popular culture.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
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Audience Reviews for National Lampoon's Animal House

Third time seeing and it still remains a hilarious, worthwhile classic.
April 8, 2012
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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National Lampoon's Animal House presents a subversive and funny screenplay and the talents by John Landis in direction and John Belushi in the cast. Animal House, for sure is a great inspiration for the 80's comedy movies, and to a unforgetable generation of comedians and to everyone that lived these time. Crude humor and good entertaining. Fresh.
March 25, 2012
Lucas Martins

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It's a very funny movie but by no means a solid movie. Next to Lampoons Vacation it's the most popular Lampoon movie. The vacation boasted a solid plotline and the gags were churned out in the style of Airplane. Animal House is quite oppositely all over the place. It can be seen as an advantage or a disadvantage. I like to see it both ways. It's not hilarious through out and a lot of the college cast are over shadowed by the late and supremely hilarious John Belushi. To who I give 100% for his performance. I didn't laugh consistently and I dont get what the fuss is all about, and I know it's set the foundation for college comedy. But it's kinda average but by no means bad.
February 7, 2012
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Directors Cat

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Really don't understand the fuss, this is suppose to be the best of the genre? It has no real plot to speak of and wasn't that funny, just odd. Have to say I would pick American Pie, Porky's, Van Wilder even Old School over this. Good to see a strong cast in their younger days, a very young Kevin Bacon! Overall have to say it was a miss with me!
September 21, 2011
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    1. John "Bluto" Blutarsky: Toga! Toga!
    – Submitted by Dutch E (16 months ago)
    1. John "Bluto" Blutarsky: See if you can guess what I am now. [puts a scoop of mashed potatoes in his mouth and slams his cheeks with his fists and spits it out] I'm a zit! Get it? [he smiles]
    – Submitted by David E (19 months ago)
    1. Doug Neidermeyer: You're all worthless and weak!
    – Submitted by David E (19 months ago)
    1. John "Bluto" Blutarsky: My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.
    – Submitted by Joseph B (20 months ago)
    1. John "Bluto" Blutarsky: Oh no! Seven years of college down the drain!
    – Submitted by L M (21 months ago)
    1. Eric "Otter" Stratton: You fucked up, you trusted us.
    – Submitted by Michael B (23 months ago)
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