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National Lampoon's Animal House Reviews

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½ January 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
January 15, 2017
Animal House may have lost some of its edge since its release and it does have a tendency to be a little aimless. Nevertheless, it remains a wonderful hangout movie with some genuinely funny moments and a cast of very memorable characters (Anybody who took part in Greek life in college knows a Bluto Blutarsky).
½ January 8, 2017
A raunchy comedy that sometimes over does its crude humor
January 2, 2017
With all due respect to the destructive fun of director John Landis and his cast, most notably John Belushi as a shamelessly obscene frat boy to the subject fraternity, they cannot change how poorly too many of its jokes have aged. Great moment: party attendee's folk playing interrupted when Belushi takes guitar and bashes it against wall. Awful moment: half-naked sorority girls have a pillow fight while Belushi watches from outside on a ladder. Landis lives up to the preposterous script by portraying the frat boys as second to terrorists by the final act, which requires that you separate the reality of this movie far away from ours. Even then, it all gets tiresome. Men who sleep around are players, women who sleep around are sluts (unless they are the school dean's wife), snobbish people get their comeuppance via physical injury and eventual rape in prison, fun people succeed and defy our best expectations, yada yada yada. Still, I think they know some of this. The words "homo" and "faggot" are tossed more carefully than you may first think, and there's even a child molestation joke that is not half bad. The other one, pretty bad.
December 20, 2016
National Lampoon's Animal House is a classic slapstick raunchy comedy starring John Belushi, Kevin Bacon, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen, Tim Matheson, and John Vernon. It has lots of crude and funny humor throughout the film. It's funny and has an interesting story. I give it a 88%
December 18, 2016
Best Frat movie ever.
December 14, 2016
A dated, rarely funny celebration of being spoiled and white.
½ December 12, 2016
Everything here just feels...off. The performances, characters, music, cinematography, and jokes are all terribly bland, unfunny, uninteresting, and grim.
December 10, 2016
The gold standard for crazy, outrageous, low brow comedies!!
December 5, 2016
A hilarious and still accurate depiction of college life. Belushi was a talented soul.
November 4, 2016
This movie has no plot, no character arcs and no real story... but this is known as one of the funniest movies ever made. I watched this film with my dad who has one of the most infectious laughs ever. Not only were the scenes on screen hilarious, but adding on top of it my dad's laughter... comedy gold. Like I mentioned before, there is flat out no story. It is just a bunch of scenes of dumb, drunk, horny, college kids doing stupid, drunk and horny things. That's literally the whole movie. Throw in some great music and some somewhat sexist male gaze nudity, and you got yourself a wild raunch fest. I will let you know that this is different than Seth Rogen raucnhiness. Not only was this film made made years prior, but this film's comedy purely lies in its absurdity. If you are looking for just pure craziness on screen, look no further!
½ October 17, 2016
Fun college party movie, not my favorite but my favorites were surely influenced by it
September 10, 2016
Animal House is such an awfully dated, plain unfunny and dull movie that has such a dated, really mediocre humor in it, unlikable characters and some of the worst tendencies of its very frustrating decade. It is undoubtedly one of the most overrated comedies of all time.
September 7, 2016
Classic but not perfect comedy that, while not has aged well, at it's best, is as funny as films get. In hindsight, the Deltas are bad people. They don't take their schooling seriously and engage in a lot of destructive & outright criminal behavior (even if it is hilarious at times). It helps that everyone around them is worse, from the horrible rival fraternity houses to Dean Wormer (wonderfully played by John Vernon) who is the standard for evil college bureaucracy. Thankfully, the cast is game, from then newcomers like Kevin Bacon ("ALL IS WELL!!!") to Tim Matheson, wonderfully mischievous as Otter. However, the scene stealer is the late, great John Belushi, who whether with a wire look or a hilarious, if historically inaccurate, motivational speech ("Germans?", "Quiet, he's rolling.") he brings life into every moment he's on screen. Behind the camera, John Landis keeps the comedy fast & loose, though some gags are cringeworthy (at one point, the Delta use the death of a college girl to score dates). However, the comedy hits more than misses, from the horse gag to the ending parade (best parade ever!!). With it's flaws, "Animal House" is a good but not great film. However, does it have some of the funniest scenes & moments in film history, that is without question.
August 22, 2016
Dreadful shite. Irish people - warning this is supposed to be some kind of American rite of passage. They'll all bring it up. Just nod and smile.
August 19, 2016
10 out of 10:

Ridiculous but funny and smart, Animal House proves to be a representation of what's going on right now.
August 8, 2016
A movie where its chaotic, mess of a story is both its greatest strength and weakest excuse - sometimes within the same scene. I can see why people like it, it's as close as you'll get to anarchy. However, the shtick gets old after about 40 minutes, and it seems like rehashing the same scene in a new light for the remainder. As a satire on college life, 4 stars. As a movie, 2 stars... Hence my rating.
½ August 3, 2016
Pretty much the be-all end-all frat house comedy.
½ August 1, 2016
Simply put, Animal House is just plain fun. It's not a film that's meant to engage intellectually or emotionally: it's a rowdy college comedy, and it doesn't try to he anything more than that. In fact, it's the quintessential college comedy: if you can name a trope of the genre, it's almost guaranteed that Animal House solidified it as a genre staple. There's jokes that don't work as well as they could, but there's so many moments that are sure to get at least a chuckle, and those moments certainly outweigh the moments that fall a little flat. The dry and deadpan style of comedy that's so prominent here takes some getting used to, but once the film warms up, it's a blast. Much of the charm of the film comes from the performances: all of the fraternity members are hilarious in their own way, but the standout is easily John Belushi as Bluto, whose mostly physical humor works so well without going overboard. It's a comedy classic for a reason: there's a lot of fun to be had here.
½ July 19, 2016
Funny, with a solid and iconic soundtrack and benefiting from John Belushi in his top form, Animal House entertains teens and young adults.
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