Monday, April 26, 2010
is the only way to go through life.
Just kidding. That is a take off on one of the funnier lines from 'Animal House'. My friend Ken recently admonished me because I did not list 'Animal House' as one of my favorite movies. Trust me, the oversight has been corrected.
'Animal House' is a satirical look at life at an eastern college in the early sixties. Its full of drunk frat guys, promiscuous sorority girls, and crusty administrators. Our heroes are the brothers of Delta Chi fraternity. They range from Bluto, ("Seven years of college down the drain. Might as well join the f*****g Peace Corps"), to incoming freshman Flounder (as he walks up to a table of guys playing cards, "You guys playing cards? ).
As the bad guys, you have the Greg Marmalard and Doug Niedermayer of the Omega Theta Pi. And then, of course, there is Dean Wormer, ("Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode").
'Animal House' came out in 1978. The script was based on many of the college adventures of the writers when they were in college. I first discovered this movie several years after it came out, most likely on a weekend night with my buddies Ken, Rob, or Jason. We were in high school, I'm pretty sure.
The basic premise of the film follows 2 college freshman as they navigate the social scene in college. They decide to pledge Delta Chi fraternity, as one of them, Flounder, has an older brother who belonged:
Hoover: Kent is a legacy, Otter. His brother was a '59, Fred Dorfman.
Flounder: He said legacies usually get asked to pledge automatically.
Otter: Oh, well, usually. Unless the pledge in question turns out to be a real closet-case.
Otter, Boon: Like Fred.
The rest of the film is full of wacky adventures, one-liners, and a horse that has a heart attack. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys juvenile humor. Then again, who doesn't?