OLD SCHOOL

Content -4
Quality
None Light Moderate Heavy
Language        
Violence        
Sex        
Nudity        

Release Date: February 21, 2003

Starring: Luke Wilson, Will Farrell,
Vince Vaughn, Ellen Pompeo,
Juliette Lewis, Jeremy Piven,
and Craig Kilborn

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Don Patton with Lisa Rice In
OLD SCHOOL, several grown men
ranging from ages 30 to 89 try
to create an unofficial
fraternity on a local college
campus. Luke Wilson, Will
Ferrell and Vince Vaughn play
the ringleaders. Although they
are not students, the actual
student body can come over and
party without the prying eyes
of university security or the
stereotypical out-of-touch
university dean. As the story
progresses, the realities of
their lifestyles catch up to
them, and they must defend
their on-campus existence on
legal and collegiate grounds.
This is met with disastrous
and zany results. Many movies
are not art, and in that vein,
it is probably safe to say
this film will not be reviewed
at Cannes. In fact, it will
not likely come anywhere near
France. Basically what the
creators of OLD SCHOOL did was
to take a 25-year-old script
(ANIMAL HOUSE, 1978) and make
it into a 21st-century
version. It feels as though
they rewrote and rewrote until
they had something they could
call their own. It is amazing
how similar it is to the John
Belushi classic. For instance,
OLD SCHOOL has the creepy
"un-hip" University Dean who,
just like ANIMAL HOUSE's dean,
is always trying to shut the
frat down. Audiences rooted
for him to fall. There are
numerous similarities to
ANIMAL HOUSE characters such
as John Blutarsky and
Flounder. Even certain ANIMAL
HOUSE scenes are barely
copied, like the famous, "Okay
boys, we're all losers, and
the Dean's going to shut us
down, so what are we going to
do?" scene. Also, just like
the '70's film, the pledges
and brothers are depressed,
and the frat president gives a
victorious locker room speech
that makes everyone run into
the streets revved up to save
the fraternity. . . etc.,
etc., etc. The writing and
casting are successful, from a
Hollywood standpoint, in that
Will Farrell steals the movie
playing the bumbling fool. His
antics caused deafening
laughter in the theater, and a
couple of people actually
slipped off the edge of their
seats, laughing. Many view
Farrell as the new master of
physical, slapstick
humor. Why, however, does
sidesplitting laughter have to
be accompanied by horrendous
language and sexual content,
as well as a deplorable
worldview? In this movie, the
recently married Will Farrell
loses his wife over his
involvement in the fraternity.
In fact, while he is standing
at the altar, one of his
already married groomsmen
tries emphatically to get him
not to marry, just as the
bride-to-be approaches.
Scatological humor includes a
"K.Y. Jelly" wrestling match
that causes an elderly man to
die of a heart attack.
Ick! Other sexual content
includes female upper frontal
nudity and full frontal made
nudity from far off. Also, a
homosexual male, using carrots
and cucumbers as visual aids,
offers an oral sex class to
local housewives. Another
serious "ick!" As for
redemptive elements . . .
still scratching head . . .
ah, yes. . . . One of the
fraternity founders, who
happens to be the most bitter
anti-marriage character in the
movie, finds himself alone
with a college girl who tries
to seduce him. He stops her,
holds his left hand up to show
the ring and says, "Hey, this
isn't cool. I'm married. I
can't do this." Perhaps this
was done for the censors, who
knows? In a day when the Lord
seems to be cleaning up His
bride and bringing her out of
the Western Christian party
mentality and into a sense of
much-needed sobriety, movies
like OLD SCHOOL seem even more
crass, value-less and sad than
ever. God, help our
children! Please address your
comments to: David Geffen,
Jeffrey Katzenberg & Steven
Spielberg DreamWorks SKG 1000
Flower Street Glendale, CA
91201 Phone: (818)
695-5000 Website:
www.dreamworks.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: DreamWorks

Director: Todd Phillips

Executive Producer:

Producer: Joe Medjuck, Daniel Goldberg,
and Todd Phillips EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Ivan Reitman and
Tom Pollock

Writer: Todd Phillips and Scot
Armstrong

Address Comments To:

Content:

(PaPaPa, Ro, Cap, HoHo, LLL, V, SSS, NN, AAA, D, MMM) Hedonistic worldview with glorification of alcohol, unbridled debauchery, and moral relativism, and some Romantic elements, some pro-capitalism elements and strong homosexual references; 38 obscenities, seven strong profanities, 11 light profanities, "gross-out" humor, and scatological humor; strong slapstick violence including reckless driving, fighting, pratfalls, man shoots himself in neck with tranquilizer gun, and car goes over bridge and explodes after landing on fisherman; strong sexual content includes cohabitation, live-in girlfriend cheats on boyfriend, implied sex with underage girl, porno tape fornication depicted, references to oral sex, homosexual themes and homosexual humor, elderly man drops dead after seeing naked women, and anti-marriage statements throughout; upper female nudity, rear male nudity and long shot of male streaker's genitals; excessive alcohol abuse; smoking; and lots of miscellaneous immorality including disrespect of authority figures and reckless behavior.

GENRE: Comedy

PaPaPa

Ro

Cap

HoHo

LLL

V

SSS

NN

AAA

D

MMM

Summary:

In OLD SCHOOL three men are disenchanted with life and try to recapture their college days by creating an unofficial fraternity on a local college campus. Besides some well-timed jokes, there is almost nothing worthwhile or redemptive in this extremely vulgar ANIMAL HOUSE re-write.

Review:

In OLD SCHOOL, several grown men ranging from ages 30 to 89 try to create an unofficial fraternity on a local college campus. Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn play the ringleaders. Although they are not students, the actual student body can come over and party without the prying eyes of university security or the stereotypical out-of-touch university dean. As the story progresses, the realities of their lifestyles catch up to them, and they must defend their on-campus existence on legal and collegiate grounds. This is met with disastrous and zany results.

Many movies are not art, and in that vein, it is probably safe to say this film will not be reviewed at Cannes. In fact, it will not likely come anywhere near France. Basically what the creators of OLD SCHOOL did was to take a 25-year-old script (ANIMAL HOUSE, 1978) and make it into a 21st-century version. It feels as though they rewrote and rewrote until they had something they could call their own. It is amazing how similar it is to the John Belushi classic.

For instance, OLD SCHOOL has the creepy "un-hip" University Dean who, just like ANIMAL HOUSE's dean, is always trying to shut the frat down. Audiences rooted for him to fall. There are numerous similarities to ANIMAL HOUSE characters such as John Blutarsky and Flounder. Even certain ANIMAL HOUSE scenes are barely copied, like the famous, "Okay boys, we're all losers, and the Dean's going to shut us down, so what are we going to do?" scene. Also, just like the '70's film, the pledges and brothers are depressed, and the frat president gives a victorious locker room speech that makes everyone run into the streets revved up to save the fraternity. . . etc., etc., etc.

The writing and casting are successful, from a Hollywood standpoint, in that Will Farrell steals the movie playing the bumbling fool. His antics caused deafening laughter in the theater, and a couple of people actually slipped off the edge of their seats, laughing. Many view Farrell as the new master of physical, slapstick humor.

Why, however, does sidesplitting laughter have to be accompanied by horrendous language and sexual content, as well as a deplorable worldview? In this movie, the recently married Will Farrell loses his wife over his involvement in the fraternity. In fact, while he is standing at the altar, one of his already married groomsmen tries emphatically to get him not to marry, just as the bride-to-be approaches. Scatological humor includes a "K.Y. Jelly" wrestling match that causes an elderly man to die of a heart attack. Ick!

Other sexual content includes female upper frontal nudity and full frontal made nudity from far off. Also, a homosexual male, using carrots and cucumbers as visual aids, offers an oral sex class to local housewives. Another serious "ick!"

As for redemptive elements . . . still scratching head . . . ah, yes. . . . One of the fraternity founders, who happens to be the most bitter anti-marriage character in the movie, finds

himself alone with a college girl who tries to seduce him. He stops her, holds his left hand up to show the ring and says, "Hey, this isn't cool. I'm married. I can't do this." Perhaps this was done for the censors, who knows?

In a day when the Lord seems to be cleaning up His bride and bringing her out of the Western Christian party mentality and into a sense of much-needed sobriety, movies like OLD SCHOOL seem even more crass, value-less and sad than ever. God, help our children!

Please address your comments to:

David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg & Steven Spielberg

DreamWorks SKG

1000 Flower Street

Glendale, CA 91201

Phone: (818) 695-5000

Website: www.dreamworks.com

SUMMARY: In OLD SCHOOL three men are disenchanted with life and try to recapture their college days by creating an unofficial fraternity on a local college campus. Besides some well-timed jokes, there is almost nothing worthwhile or redemptive in this extremely vulgar ANIMAL HOUSE re-write.

In Brief: