Old School 2003

Old School

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

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After discovering his girlfriend (Juliette Lewis) has been participating in group sex, attorney Mitch (Luke Wilson) feels his world come undone. He moves into a new place, which happens to be near a college campus, and tries to get his life back together. Two of his best friends, Frank (Will Ferrell) and Beanie (Vince Vaughn), start hanging out at Mitch's house, eventually turning the place into a wild party pad, much to the ire of the college's dean, Gordon "Cheese" Pritchard (Jeremy Piven).

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  • Apr 22, 2019
    Can't argue about my love for this film, it has highly quotable moments and a great cast. You can leave your brain at the door and enjoy a fun film that does not take itself too serious. Won't impress the critics, but combing this film with drinks is a must for enjoying it that little bit more. Ferrell, Vaughn and Wilson shine in a film that is boosted by the skilful filmmaking of Philips who hasn't bettered this film. Good fun and premise. 18/04/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2016
    I remember watching Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby a couple of months ago, may have been longer than that, to see if it held up well considering that the first time I watched it was over 10 years ago at this point. And, much to my surprise, it held up really well. It was still a really damn funny movie to this day. And, really, that's probably the main reason I decided to revisit this movie over a decade after I first saw it. I will admit, though, that, unlike Talladega Nights, I don't have many fond memories of this movie. That's not to say I disliked it, 15 (or 16) year old me probably enjoyed this movie, I'm just saying that I don't actually remember much from this movie. No idea why, I just don't remember much. But, and also unlike Talladega Nights, I don't think time has been as kind to this movie as I would have wanted. Don't get me wrong, it's an enjoyable movie for sure, but it's one that's very inconsistent. Particularly the first 30 minutes or so just did absolutely nothing for me. The rest of the movie is certainly enjoyable, so I think that makes up for the first 30 minutes being weak. And, I couldn't even see this back in the day when I first watched it, but this was a total 80s movie rip-off. Perhaps rip-off isn't the right term. And now that I think about it, this is more inspired by Animal House, but it does have 80s influences for sure. A ragtag group of guys start a fraternity and the dean tries, by any means necessary, to kick them off campus. The fraternity gets into raunchy hi-jinks. Sex jokes are made. Tits are released. People die. You know, your typical raunchy comedy. It comes to the predictable climax where the fraternity has to prove their worth in a series of activities that include debates, academic tests and athletics. They obviously succeed at this, but the dean still finds one last way to attempt to fuck with them and their legitimacy as a fraternity, before all ends well and they're allowed to stay on campus. Stop me if you've heard any of this before. I'm positive that you have and that, to me, is really this film's major problem. Well that and the fact that it's not a consistently funny movie from beginning to end. But the fact is that this is a movie that does nothing more than pay tribute to the films that influenced it. And it's a fun tribute at that, there's absolutely no denying it, but that's just the way it is. The cast is definitely more than good. Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell are all good here and they elevate material that's really as basic as it gets when it comes to raunchy comedies. It might seem like I'm down on this movie, but I'm really not. As a whole, I actually did enjoy this movie, but I can't overlook a film's flaws even if I enjoyed it. At least that's what I try to do in these reviews. I may not always write the best reviews, actually I hardly ever write the best reviews, but I try to be honest in them. I don't really have much else to say about this, if you loved Animal House and other films of its ilk then this would be right up your alley, even if it doesn't match up to its classic influences. Still, this is an enjoyable movie with a wide variety of flaws that help keep it from reaching a truly legendary status.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2012
    As a whole, "Old School" is not an effective comedy, but it does have interspersed moments of genius, and if you have a decent enough sense of humor, you will find yourself laughing.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] 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.
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