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National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

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).

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2 comments on “National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    10/04/2012

    Just the other day I mande a reference to “double secret probation.”

    “what it lacks in emotional depth and taste, it makes up for in absurdity, energy and physical comedy.”

    What a sad thing it would be if this movie had any emotional depth or taste. That would be like adding romance and big musical numbers to a Marx Brothers movie ( 🙂 ).

    Also, what a great use of the “what these characters went on to do” finale.

  2. Klaus
    10/04/2012

    “That would be like adding romance and big musical numbers to a Marx Brothers movie” — heh, heh exactly.

    So many “coming of age movies” take themselves seriously — Animal House didn’t fall into that trap 😉

    Still a fun movie after so many years.

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