National Lampoon's Animal House
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National Lampoon's Animal House
Director John Landis put himself on the map with this low-budget, fabulously successful comedy, which made a then-astounding 62 million dollars and started a slew of careers for its cast in the process. National Lampoon's Animal House is set in 1962 on the campus of Faber College in Faber, PA. The first glimpse we get of the campus is the statue of its founder Emil Faber, on the base of which is inscribed the motto, "Knowledge Is Good." Incoming freshmen Larry "Pinto" Kroger (Tom Hulce) and Kent "Flounder" Dorfman (Stephen Furst) find themselves rejected by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While the low comedy is undeniably effective, the film leaves behind a bad taste of snobbery and petty meanness."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"An unashamed sense of its own fantasy is coupled with classically mounted slapstick; nostalgia mixes with cynicism in seductive proportions; and John Belushi's central performance as brain-damaged slob-cum-Thief of Baghdad is wonderful."
‑ , Time Out
"The spirit of National Lampoon, as well as the voice of a generation..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"John Belushi's raucous toga party isn't for young kids."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Animal House is a self-congratulatory mess; but it's also spattered with terrific one-liners and sight gags, and it's the best showcase extant for John Belushi's subversive, attention-grabbing screen presence."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
"The Lampoon people understand the darkest secret of an American college education: one of the noblest reasons to go is to spend four years studying sex."
‑ Frank Rich, TIME Magazine
"National Lampoon's Animal House is by no means one long howl, but it's often very funny, with gags that are effective in a dependable, all-purpose way."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"a nice piece of counterculture which takes place at a time when there wasn't much counterculture out there"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A masterpiece in anarchy."
‑ , Sky Movies
"Animal House brandit le titre de film culte avec honneur."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"There's enough bite and bawdiness to provide lots of smiles and several broad guffaws."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie is vulgar, raunchy, ribald, and occasionally scatological. It is also the funniest comedy since Mel Brooks made The Producers."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Easily one of the best teen sex comedies of all time and quite possibly the best frat comedy ever made."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Growing old disgracefully, Animal House is every bit as good as you remember."
‑ , Total Film
"See website for more details."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Screen It!
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