Starring: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell and Ellen
Directed by: Todd Phillips
School is a manfest extravaganza with some pretty hearty laughs.
Is there a point to the film? Nah. It's just fun like the old
comedies of those bygone days when beers, babes and a brotherhood
meant something. Old School's a little like legendary Animal
House but with relatively sane men that hold jobs and already
graduated from college...
goes Mitch (Luke Wilson) just broke up with his girlfriend. He's
taking it pretty hard. His longtime buddies, Bernard aka Beanie
(Vince Vaughn) and Frank (Will Ferrell) decide it would do them
all a world of good to start living life the way they use to wild
parties, beer and babes.
new batchelor house Mitch is now renting happens to be on college
property and the Dean (Jeremy Piven) is an old friend of the three.
Well, not friend exactly. In fact Mitch and duo use to lock the
guy in trash bins and nicknamed him "Cheese."
to say the Dean is going to do everything in his power to eighty-six
the group. His first attempt backfires and gives them a rootin'
tootin' idea -after researching and discovering a "housing"
loop hole - to start a fraternity.
In case your not familiar with Wilson, Ferrell or Vaughn - they
aint exactly twenty and the funny part comes in the silliness
of watching these guys actually commit to pulling it off.
movie is pretty believable - swear. Well except for the
fact that Beanie gets Snoop Dog to play Mitch's house warming
Dick makes a hilarious appearance that is worth the price
of the ticket alone. Jeremy Piven as the
nerdy vengeful Dean on a mission was nice, if too a tad small
a role for a guy so talented. And Craig Killborn makes a brief
hello as - get this for perfect casting - a man-pig player guy.
School 's a great "Guy Night Get Together Film",
or a date flick used so next you can drag him to Chicago.
Are there life lessons to be learned from Old School? Not
a chance. Moral subtext perhaps? A little, mostly in the faithful
guys do exist arena. But basically it's just a lighthearted comedy
that gives Will Ferrell a chance to shine in his element; explosive
humor mixed with dollops of lunacy. Love this guy.
get me wrong it was swell watching Luke
Wilson, who's very very handsome even for a guy that looks
like he's perpetually smuggling nuts for the winter. And really
who ever gets enough of Vince Vaughn and
his patented cool? Not I. Heck I'd like to slather him in hummus
and lemon juice wrap him snug in a whole wheat pita and indulge!
That man's tasty! But the funny parts are firmly thanks to Will
other wise it would have just been a couple of hours
watching aging men desperately trying to get a bit of their youth
back. Wait it was. But with Will and the two studmuffins, Luke
and Vince, Old School was enjoyable.
recommendation: Beer Bongs and pecan pie.