Criticism

Old School (Q Syndicate)

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Facing eviction from their university-owned residence, Mitch (Luke Wilson), Beanie (Vince Vaughn) and Frank (Will Ferrell) find a legal loophole allowing them to keep their place by starting a fraternity – even though they’re not college students. Before long, they’ve established a veritable Animal House, raising the ire of the malevolent college dean (Jeremy Piven), who vows to put an end to to their monkey business. Laughs come only at the expense of taste in this unabashedly lowbrow romp, thanks largely to Ferrell’s nonstop buffoonery and Vaughn’s irrepressible sarcasm. While the antics are unquestionably juvenile, they’re also irresistibly funny. Just be sure to check your brain at the box office when buying your ticket; with a character list that includes “Gang Bang Guy,” “Naked Woman,” and “KY Jelly Girl,” you’re not gonna need it.

Grade: B+

Kinsey Scale: 4 (As in many horndog-male-bonding comedies, homoeroticism abounds. The first joke in the movie includes the word “faggot.” Ferrell, who at one point tongue kisses Sean William Scott, spends much of his time naked, although the effect is purely comical. Andy Dick appears briefly as the ultra-femme instructor of “The Art of the Blowjob.”  Wilson appeared in gay faves Charlie’s Angels and Legally Blonde, Ferrell was a sensitive cop in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Vaughn was ultimate mama’s boy Norman Bates in gay director Gus Van Sant’s remake of Psycho. Piven was a regular on the pioneering gay sitcom Ellen.)

(Appeared in Q Syndicate)

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