Old School (R)

Comedy 91 February 21, 2003
By Luke Y. Thompson
It's almost like a parody of Fight Club: Emasculated by his boring job and promiscuous wife, Mitch (Luke Wilson) falls under the influence of his more anarchic friend Beanie (Vince Vaughn) and turns his house near a college campus into a fraternity for both students and other emasculated office workers (notably Will Ferrell as Mitch's recently married childhood friend), plus one really old guy (Patrick Cranshaw). Before long, the notoriety of the house, which doesn't require any actual college affiliation, has gained Mitch a reputation as "The Godfather," to the point that virtually everyone everywhere knows who he is and will do any favor for him if asked. Director Todd Phillips may have touched a nerve with this one. Who among those folks who got good grades in college doesn't feel the tiniest pang of regret that they missed out on the wilder shenanigans films like Animal House promised us? Laughs are uneven, but Ferrell really comes into his own -- the man was born to play "midlife crisis."
Todd Phillips Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Ellen Pompeo, Sara Bryan Court Crandall, Todd Phillips Dan Goldberg, Joe Medjuck, Todd Phillips Dreamworks SKG


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