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March 26, 2018
Strengths: Will Ferrell (Frank) has been around forever, but it was this movie that made me a big fan. He's absolutely hilarious as "Frank the Tank" and steals nearly every scene he's in. Vince Vaughn (Bernard) and Luke Wilson (Mitch) both give some of the funniest performances of their careers, as well. It's fun to go back and watch this and see so many actors who have gone on to bigger roles. Elisha Cuthbert (Darcie, 24), Terry O'Quinn (Goldberg, Lost), Ellen Pompeo (Nicole, Grey's Anatomy), Simon Helberg (Jerry, The Big Bang Theory), and that's just the tip of the iceberg. It's one of those films that doesn't need some incredibly compelling storyline. It's just flat out hilarious and holds up fifteen years later. It's chock full of memorable scenes, from Frank streaking to the KY wrestling match to the blowjob class. All funny.

Weaknesses: As noted, the story is still kind of weak. Jeremy Piven (Dean Pritchard) seems miscast in his role. He's an over the top actor, who should've played an over the top villain. There was probably more they could've done with his character. The athletics scene near the end sees one of those moments that could be funny, but just comes across as trying too hard. Some of the characters also didn't feel very fleshed out.

Overall: This is one of those movies where you need to go in understanding what to expect. It's not going to be some Oscar worthy flick. If you want to have a blast for an hour and a half, this is the movie for you.
½ March 19, 2018
Better than what the critics thought.
½ January 30, 2018
Good comedy with enough drama and laughs to keep it interesting.
January 3, 2018
Hands down one of my favorite comedies ever. Frat pack for life!!
December 4, 2017
More character development than American Pie, but not as thrilling as The Hangover.
November 28, 2017
Got bored maybe just a film that doesn't age well
November 12, 2017
Bizarre film really. It's only 88 minutes long. Again whether time has meant these films are now longer these days with more set pieces means this film is a bit of a throwback. Some funny bits but not as many as I remember. Vaughn is highly annoying!
October 16, 2017
Story about a group of older guys in their 30's who decide to take a month or two off from regular work/married life and start a fake fraternity. Some of it was good, but not enough to like it. The best scene in the movie is when Luke Wilson wakes up with Elisha Cuthbert in his bed. The rest is rather boring.
October 14, 2017
One of the greatest movies ever created!
September 21, 2017
best Luke Wilson movie ever
July 29, 2017
Love Will Farrell and Vince Vaughn in this comedy whose irreverent sense of crude humor reminds me of the old classic Animal House.
July 18, 2017
Super funny. This movie was f*cking unbelievable, it was so funny. I literally shard myself from laughing so hard. Whoever says this is an average comedy is a f*cking retard!!!!
May 4, 2017
It's certainly not boring, but the humor is crude and often obnoxious. (First viewing - Teen years)
½ March 13, 2017
Taking the college film and putting a new twist on it works very well. Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell are awesome, however Vince Vaughn is only ok. He was miscast. The comedy aspect is really funny almost all the time.
March 11, 2017
It had been awhile since I've watched this. Still comedy gold despite people overkilling "You're my boy Blue!" years ago.
½ December 25, 2016
Incredibly stupid, I had to stop the film after Will Ferrell began tonguing Sean William Scott while he was giving him mouth to mouth after nearly drowning. Cringe after cringe and I had enough.
Super Reviewer
December 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.
½ December 9, 2016
One of Will Ferrells best. Very funny movie.
November 22, 2016
It's not as great as I remember, but there were a couple of moments when I laughed really hard!
September 19, 2016
Ok, so compared to most people I did not enjoy the movie.
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