in about 100 words or less
US 109m, Colour
Director: John Landis; Cast: John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Thomas Hulce, Donald Sutherland, Kevin Bacon
Perhaps the second funniest National Lampoon film, behind Vacation (1983), Animal House is about fraternity life in the early 1960s which launched the film careers of John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, and Kevin Bacon and popularized the college toga party. As a coming of age movie, Animal House might be described as superficial and politically incorrect, but what it lacks in emotional depth and taste, it makes up for in absurdity, energy and physical comedy (Klaus Ming October 2012).