Old School (2003)

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

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A trio of twenty something buddies tries to recapture the outrageous, irrepressible fun of their college years by starting their own off-campus frat house. Mitch, Frank and Beanie have all reached a crossroads in their lives. They can choose to be responsible adults, with wives, families and steady jobs--or they can postpone adulthood in favor of the reckless abandon of frat house living with all the fun and none of the education. No contest.
Rating:
R (for some strong sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Special Interest
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Written By:
In Theaters:
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Box Office:
$74,608,545.00
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Cast

Will Ferrell
as Frank `the Tank'
Elisha Cuthbert
as Darcy Goldberg
Vince Vaughn
as Beanie
Seann William Scott
as Animal Caretaker
Jeremy Piven
as Dean Gordon Pritchard
Snoop Dogg
as Himself
Rick Gonzalez
as Spanish
Luke Wilson
as Mitch Martin
Harve Presnell
as Mr. Springbrook
Todd Phillips
as Gang Bang Guy
James Carville
as Himself
Perrey Reeves
as Marissa
Rob Corddry
as Warren
Artie Lange
as Booker
Stuart Cornfeld
as Taxi Driver
Robert Baker
as Student No. 2
Ellen Pompeo
as Nicole
Bryan Callen
as Waiter
Matt Walsh
as Walsh
Sara Bryan
as Amanda
Bob Lazar
as Marissa's Dad
Warren G.
as Himself
Rachel Winfree
as Archer's Wife
Arthur Taxier
as Professor
Ashley Jones
as Caterer
Raymond Ma
as Mr. Ma
Jerod Mixon
as Weensie
Sara Tanaka
as Megan Huang
Noel Gugliemi
as Student No. 1
Jesse Heiman
as Budnick
Sarah Shahi
as Erica
Kristina Hughes
as Naked Woman
David Hughes
as Dan Band
Phe Caplan
as Julie
Dan Finnerty
as Wedding Singer
Chris Hendrie
as Priest
Gene Reed
as Dan Band
David Moreland
as Convention Speaker
Jimi Englund
as Dan Band
David Arana
as Dan Band
Sydney Bryan
as Amanda
Lisa Donatz
as Jeanie
Nicholas Hosking
as Naked Man
Jake Jarvi
as Jarvi
Marc Thaldorf
as Dan Band
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Critic Reviews for Old School

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (36)

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?

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Only fitfully funny, except when Ferrell is onscreen -- then you won't stop laughing.

March 6, 2005
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A flatland of lowest-common- denominated retro-collegiate wackiness.

Full Review… | February 25, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

This is a raucous frat-school comedy that's dopey, degrading and disgusting -- and consistently hilarious.

February 24, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

a nonstop gag machine, subscribing to that time-honored comedy philosophy, 'throw enough at the wall and something will stick'.

February 22, 2003
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

An extremely funny and, of course, socially unredeemable comedy.

February 21, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Old School

½

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.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

[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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

There are some movies that try to be raunchy without the substance to convince audiences that the characters are genuinely raunchy (I'm looking at most of the iterations of the National Lampoon's movies). "Old School" delivers it. Though there were only a few laughs in there, it was entertaining for what it was; plus, this is one of the few roles where Will Farrell doesn't try too hard to be outlandishly crazy.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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