Old School Reviews
In the end this is a great raunchy comedy. If you like stupid but great laugh movies-this is for you.
Old school is a funny movie with a funny cast, maybe not the funniest
movie ever but with a nice plot and a film that doesn't have to make
you laugh to be good, this is worth a watch. I did think maybe I
overrated this at first but the film is actually pretty good with some
nice jokes added into an ever revealing storyline, and with some
physical comedy actors to go, this is film has quality. I felt the film
was Solidly OK and here below is why I felt that about it all.
The story is a college fraternity type film, and you may be thinking "
we have had this all before" ,but this has a twist, the main characters
aren't college students, they have jobs, families and they never get to
party, well until now. The pacing is good, the movie not too long and
the although the jokes aren't a plenty and takes along time for the
first funny thing to be said, it still manages to be kind of funny by
the end. The story end's in a smart way as well with hints of more high
school films coming in but it still remains the working dad's and there
Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn are the main guys in this
and without them I would have rated this poor, although none of them
are at comedy best, they still manage to churn out a respectfully funny
performance. I did enjoy there support too and the characters that hang
around there house are all fun guys, I didn't quite appreciate the
acting of the Dean Jeremy Piven, but he doesn't ruin it too much at
Todd Phillips in a sense runs the whole thing and contributes to the
script but also directs, and I felt without the firm direction of
Phillips, the film would suffer more so hats off to his contribution to
the film. Some funny stunts they do can be hilarious and make you
genuinely chuckle, one such part is at Vince Vaughn's sons birthday
party when Ferrell(MAYBE A SPOILER HERE FOR SOME) get's well, darted by
a zoo keeper and I won't ruin the sequence but it made me laugh more
than at any other time in the movie.
The film's main bad point is that it isn't all THAT funny and jokes do
occasionally miss the mark badly, it doesn't make this film bad at all
but contributes to it's lower mark. I also felt maybe the characters
could have put more back into it as although they are funny, people
such as Ferrell should be much more funny and do a lot more of what we
have seen before of him. Finally the script isn't all so solid but I
won't mention too much about it because that would just drag it right
down, which is doesn't deserve.
I think those into these kind of early 2000's college comedies should
enjoy and although it is a different type crudeness wise to things like
American Pie and such (mainly because they main characters are mature
adults), it may not please everyone, but should overall. Same again for
people who shouldn't watch, the film isn't afraid of being itself and
letting it's hormones go so if you dislike crude, better stay away.
Overall I give it a high 6/10 meaning it is Solidly a OK movie but offers very
little more than this, my rating is stretching it to it's highest
point, maybe I felt nice on the day. If you a teen watch it because it
has all the hallmarks of teen moves today, but another thing is if you
were a teen or in college in the early 2000's, it should be a massive
nostalgic trip back to them day's, oh and might make you laugh.