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Old School (2003)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 167
Fresh: 100 | Rotten: 67

While not consistently funny, the movie does have its moments.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 18

While not consistently funny, the movie does have its moments.



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Three men relive their carefree college years by killing off as many brain cells as possible in this over-the-top comedy. Mitch (Luke Wilson) returns home from a less-than-pleasant business trip one evening to discover his wife, Heidi (Juliette Lewis), involved in a ménage à trois with two blindfolded strangers. Feeling less than welcome at home after this, Mitch rents a house near the campus of a nearby college; two of Mitch's old college buddies, Beanie (Vince Vaughn) and Frank (Will Ferrell),

Jun 10, 2003


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Director Phillips confesses to frat membership in his youth, and even made a documentary on the subject. So why is this not funnier or more outrageous?

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Only fitfully funny, except when Ferrell is onscreen -- then you won't stop laughing.

March 7, 2005 | Comments (3)
Rolling Stone
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A flatland of lowest-common- denominated retro-collegiate wackiness.

February 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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This is a raucous frat-school comedy that's dopey, degrading and disgusting -- and consistently hilarious.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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An extremely funny and, of course, socially unredeemable comedy.

February 22, 2003
Washington Post
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This movie's enough to give you a big fat Greek dreading.

February 22, 2003 | Comments (2)
Washington Post
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Very politically incorrect; funny for many adults.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Flawed, cliché, contrived, and poorly developed...

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Mitch (Luke Wilson) has just been cheated on and moved into a nice new bachelor pad right near the local college. But when threatened with eviction by the dean of the college, Mitch's buddies Beanie (Vince Vaughn) and Frank (Will Ferrell) suggest that the

February 17, 2010 Full Review Source:

When an Oster Breadmaker gets some of the film's biggest laughs, you know the thing's in trouble.

December 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (5)
Movie Metropolis

The lead males give impressively modulated performances that keep the laughs flowing as all hell breaks loose.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Will Ferrell is a fearless comedian, and he commits completely to his insanity in the film, and that makes it work.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Une bonne location pour un party entre amis et pour ceux qui ne sont pas fatigués de la recette des films d'ados.

February 25, 2005

The recess bell should have rung immediately into the first period of this frothy yet flat and insufferable scholastic satire.

January 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

If you like humor that's somewhere below the belt, then Old School is for you.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source:

Enroll at your own risk.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source:

Will Ferrell ... makes about ten minutes of this movie side-splittingly hilarious. That's like finding a few pieces of crunchy cereal in a bowl of sour milk.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

You don't need to run stoplights getting to the theater - the video will do - but Old School fulfills your expectations.

July 5, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

It may not be much, but these days, two or three big laughs is nothing to sneeze at.

June 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Normalmente, não aprecio o tipo de humor rasteiro que este tipo de produção costuma empregar, mas exceções acontecem, e os risos provocados por este filme são a prova disto.

March 9, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Ferrell ... goes the extra mile and becomes the life of the party.

January 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Subplots fizzle out and plausibility dwindles (a thirtysomething college dean?), but at least there are no de rigueur fart, burp or scatological jokes.

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A harmless and intermittently funny 90 minutes.

November 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's insipid, and Will Ferrell streaks through it naked. No, it's not an SNL skit... it's the latest college frat film, and it's marginally ok at best.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
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Audience Reviews for Old School

wasted funny premise
April 3, 2007

Super Reviewer

I didn't like it. Maybe it's because, once again, I'm the last one to the party and it's all about the nostalgia, maybe it's because each actor and the director have made much better films of its ilk since. Maybe it's because I'm not 12. Maybe it's because I went to a British University and had lots of crazy fun without having to hang upside down each time I wanted to drink beer. Maybe it's because Snoop Doggy Dog never came to any of my parties. Maybe it's because I don't see women as sex objects and or nagging wives. Maybe I've seen it all before, maybe the film isn't very original, maybe it doesn't elaborate or build on its own premise or live up to it. Maybe the film is crap but I'm the only one that thinks so. Maybe the film is a masterpiece but I'm the only one that doesn't think so. Maybe I'm deluded. Maybe everyone else is deluded. Maybe I've lost touch with the rest of the human race, I think this is possible. Or maybe, just maybe, this is one of the worst films ever made? I didn't laugh, I didn't enjoy and I find it very hard to see what everyone sees in it. Maybe I'm nuts and just can't see that seeing Will Ferrell's naked bottom is the funniest thing ever recorded on film. Poor me.
September 16, 2013

Super Reviewer

Why do men act like boys? Because they can.

Saw it again! Very funny movie! If you're not offended by raunchy comedy, this movie will satisfy! Rent it, grab some popcorn and enjoy! Be careful drinking your cola though, you may end up snorting it out your nose.

Mitch, Frank and Beanie are disillusioned with their personal lives begining when Mitch's nymphomanic girlfriend, Heidi, cheats on him, then former party animal Frank gets married, but unwilling to get go of his wild life, and Beanie is a family man seeking to reclaim his wild and crazy youth. Beanie suggests that they form their own fraternity in Mitch's new house on a college campus to re-live their glory days by bringing together a variety of misfit college students, losers, middle-aged and elderly retirees as their new friends and later try to avoid being evicted by the new Dean of Students, Pritchard, whom still holds a personal grudge against all three of them.
July 14, 2012
Manu Gino

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Old School is a movie of moments and it's the good ones that raise this a little above your average comedy flick. The ensemble cast is decent apart from Luke Wilson who isn't even remotely funny and the characters are just cardboard and forgettable. Will Ferrel is hilarious and Vince Vaugn is also pretty funny too. It's humour is director Todd Phillips' trademark raunchy and dark humoured style comedy and there's a few decent jokes if you enjoy that sort of thing. It's a good effort from everyone involved. It's not as good as Phillips' The Hangover but without a doubt, it's better than Road Trip.
March 31, 2012
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    1. Beanie: For what? Being Awesome? Besides Mitch, how old did you say this girl was, 17 years old? Mitch, that's a total grey area.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Frank "The Tank": We're going streaking!
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Gordon Pritchard: Are you a comedian now? This is me leaving. This is me leaving.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Frank "The Tank": Dear Mitch, if you're holding this letter you already know. The house has been boarded up. The doors. The windows. Everything. We're at the Comfort Inn. Room 112. I love you. Frank
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Beanie: Don't beat yourself up over this, Mitch. It's not your fault. Dammit, Blue was old. That's what old people do. They die.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Oral Sex Instructor: You can use a little teeth but we don't want to be a biter. Now, ladies, these carrots are not gonna ejaculate themselves. Get into it!
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
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