National Lampoon's Animal House

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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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When they arrive at college, socially inept freshmen Larry (Thomas Hulce) and Kent (Stephen Furst) attempt to pledge the snooty Omega Theta Pi House, but are summarily rejected. Lowering their standards, they try at the notoriously rowdy Delta Tau Chi House, and get in. The trouble is, the college dean (John Vernon) has it in for the Deltas. He has put them on "Double Secret Probation" and secretly assigned Omega's president (James Daughton) the task of having their charter revoked.

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Critic Reviews for National Lampoon's Animal House

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (5)

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  • Sep 19, 2018
    Some of the gags are silly and dated (especially towards the end of the movie), but most of them are hilarious even without need of a well-defined structure to wrap around them, since this is a comedy that works quite well as a loose series of raunchy chronicles of college.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2017
    When you look past its obviously thin script, you can't help but admire the anarchy and absurdity of this film. National Lampoon's Animal House's senseless hysteria and laughs to go along with the enigmatic charm of John Belushi make for a timeless party-themed film that would launch a genre of wild, chaotic party films to come. 3.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2012
    National Lampoon's has made some absolutely terrible movies, but this is definitely not one of them. Animal House is the original college frat house party movie. Up to the gills in booze and women, these wild college coed's party hard, and study never. Sharing a common thing with many great movies, the characters in this story all meld into the perfect cohesive ensemble. This movie is all about rebellion against authority, and finding ways in any circumstance to have a good mischievous time. John Belushi delivers the performance of a lifetime, and he will forever be missed.
    Jarryd R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2012
    A very funny film that begs the question of whether college in the 70's and 80's are accurately depicted. An interesting quip: My father tells stories worse than those presented here. I can assure you, this, respecting the MPAA rating system, is a completely accurate and downright funny picture of college in the 70's and 80's.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer

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