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(Pop Matters)   Wherever the bar was set for '70s college parties, 'Animal House' took that bar, broke it into kindling, and made a bonfire   (popmatters.com) divider line 78
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2014-04-28 07:11:25 PM
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"You guys playing cards?"
 
2014-04-28 07:12:45 PM

Billy Liar: slotz: puckrock2000: wiwille:

Belushi deserved a better film though.

People remember this as a "John Belushi" movie, when he was just a supporting player in an ensemble cast. I doubt his screen time totals more than 10 minutes.

/the "stars" of the film were those well-known household names Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegert, and Karen Allen

No love for Tim "Otter" Matheson? His role was as big as the others'.

The point is, none of those people were "well-known".  Aside from Belushi, Donald Sutherland would've been about the only recognizable name, and it isn't like the general populace was champing at the bit for "the new Sutherland flick".  They had a current, recognizable name, a good script, and they made it pretty cheaply, partly because Belushi liked Robert Cray and some of the bands that played up and down I-5.  They made it at the U of Oregon and surroundings, much of which could still pass for 1962, even then.  I think all the money they saved went toward hiring Kevin Bacon.


They offered Donald Sutherland points instead of salary. He would have made millions by now. He took the 5 figures.
 
2014-04-28 07:13:50 PM

slotz: puckrock2000: wiwille:

Belushi deserved a better film though.

People remember this as a "John Belushi" movie, when he was just a supporting player in an ensemble cast. I doubt his screen time totals more than 10 minutes.

/the "stars" of the film were those well-known household names Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegert, and Karen Allen

No love for Tim "Otter" Matheson? His role was as big as the others'.


Matheson was largely responsible for the subsequent decline and collapse of National Lampoon. He gets a "+" for this movie (and some others), but a double double-negative for killing my favourite magazine.
 
2014-04-28 07:15:53 PM
"They confiscated everything, even the stuff we didn't steal!"
 
2014-04-28 07:44:34 PM

ol' gormsby: slotz: puckrock2000: wiwille:

Belushi deserved a better film though.

People remember this as a "John Belushi" movie, when he was just a supporting player in an ensemble cast. I doubt his screen time totals more than 10 minutes.

/the "stars" of the film were those well-known household names Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegert, and Karen Allen

No love for Tim "Otter" Matheson? His role was as big as the others'.

Matheson was largely responsible for the subsequent decline and collapse of National Lampoon. He gets a "+" for this movie (and some others), but a double double-negative for killing my favourite magazine.


Story?
 
2014-04-28 07:53:35 PM

elvisaintdead: sorry.


Came for this. Glad it was done in one.
 
2014-04-28 07:54:58 PM

slotz: ol' gormsby: slotz: puckrock2000: wiwille:

Belushi deserved a better film though.

People remember this as a "John Belushi" movie, when he was just a supporting player in an ensemble cast. I doubt his screen time totals more than 10 minutes.

/the "stars" of the film were those well-known household names Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegert, and Karen Allen

No love for Tim "Otter" Matheson? His role was as big as the others'.

Matheson was largely responsible for the subsequent decline and collapse of National Lampoon. He gets a "+" for this movie (and some others), but a double double-negative for killing my favourite magazine.

Story?


National Lampoon was already on the decline when Matheson and his partner, Dan Grodnik bought it out. They figured that the downfall was due to the rise of the Moral Majority in the 80s and they toned down the raunchiness and the boobs to make it more accessible. The magazine eventually folded in 1991 and many have blamed Tim for its death ever since.
 
2014-04-28 07:56:37 PM

cantsleep: Must be a generational thing. I love Animal House, its one of my favorite movies. I've yet to see any Will Farrell movie that even gets a chuckle from me.


try 'Old School'
 
2014-04-28 07:59:24 PM

chitownmike: cantsleep: Must be a generational thing. I love Animal House, its one of my favorite movies. I've yet to see any Will Farrell movie that even gets a chuckle from me.

try 'Old School'


I like Old School, but Frank the Tank is no Bluto.

Not even close.
 
2014-04-28 08:02:42 PM
Is it supposed to be this soft?
 
2014-04-28 08:02:44 PM

liam76: markfara: wiwille: I saw that for the first time a year ago. Didn't laugh once sadly. I'm sure it was pretty edgy for it's day.

Not really. It's a very overrated piece of cinema. Nearly as overrated as John Belushi himself.

Trolls or people who are no fun at parties?


c) humorless douchebags

/the answer is always c
 
2014-04-28 08:06:19 PM

gunga galunga: chitownmike: cantsleep: Must be a generational thing. I love Animal House, its one of my favorite movies. I've yet to see any Will Farrell movie that even gets a chuckle from me.

try 'Old School'

I like Old School, but Frank the Tank is no Bluto.

Not even close.


Nope, but I can't stand Will in anything but a supporting roll and it seamed an apt comparison
 
2014-04-28 08:10:04 PM

strangeguitar: That house looked like Pearl Harbor after the Germans bombed it.


Germans bombed Animal House ?
 
2014-04-28 08:24:58 PM

RottenEggs: strangeguitar: That house looked like Pearl Harbor after the Germans bombed it.

Germans bombed Animal House ?


Forget it, he's rolling.
 
2014-04-28 08:29:44 PM

Billy Liar: Really liked "Neighbors".  You just had to get past the well-known " Belushi and Aykroyd " assumption.  Although Vic really was an Aykroyd character.


Been wanting to see that again but it seems to be out of circulation.

Crewmannumber6: The reason there hasn't been anything like Animal house since: Doug Kenney


Yep. That was a pity, what happened to him.
 
2014-04-28 08:30:59 PM
The best thing about Animal House was the toga parties that it inspired. Toga parties where the girls arrived in togas without bras and some of them without panties. Then got drunk and stoned as hell. Umm, umm umph. Those were some good times, yes indeed.

They say that when you die you get to see your life flash before your eyes. I'm hoping those toga party nights in '79 and '80 flash by in super slow motion.
 
2014-04-28 08:41:01 PM
My brother and I saw it in the movie theater.He had just finished up college.So he got a kick.
All I cant remember was all the toga parties that happened after that movie.
 
2014-04-28 08:42:40 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 300x375]

"You guys playing cards?"


I meant to post that in my previous Um,post.
My favorite line in the movie.
 
2014-04-28 08:53:50 PM

gunga galunga: slotz: ol' gormsby: slotz: puckrock2000: wiwille:

Belushi deserved a better film though.

People remember this as a "John Belushi" movie, when he was just a supporting player in an ensemble cast. I doubt his screen time totals more than 10 minutes.

/the "stars" of the film were those well-known household names Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegert, and Karen Allen

No love for Tim "Otter" Matheson? His role was as big as the others'.

Matheson was largely responsible for the subsequent decline and collapse of National Lampoon. He gets a "+" for this movie (and some others), but a double double-negative for killing my favourite magazine.

Story?

National Lampoon was already on the decline when Matheson and his partner, Dan Grodnik bought it out. They figured that the downfall was due to the rise of the Moral Majority in the 80s and they toned down the raunchiness and the boobs to make it more accessible. The magazine eventually folded in 1991 and many have blamed Tim for its death ever since.



Wow, didn't know that.  What a shame, all of it.  That magazine had a lot to do with getting me through my misspent youth.

I saw Animal House about five or six times, under the influence of a different substance each time.  It always felt a little surreal to me, even now in my old age.  But that could be residual, uh, residue.
 
2014-04-28 09:35:48 PM

cantsleep: Must be a generational thing. I love Animal House, its one of my favorite movies. I've yet to see any Will Farrell movie that even gets a chuckle from me.


A gigantic this.

20 y/o and a Sig Ep at UMaine when AH came out. We weren't exactly like them, but close. Then again, several fraternities on campus at the time were somewhat like Delta House. The house (and I'm guessing many others too) has changed dramatically since then.
 
2014-04-28 09:36:45 PM

slotz: puckrock2000: wiwille:

Belushi deserved a better film though.

People remember this as a "John Belushi" movie, when he was just a supporting player in an ensemble cast. I doubt his screen time totals more than 10 minutes.

/the "stars" of the film were those well-known household names Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegert, and Karen Allen

No love for Tim "Otter" Matheson? His role was as big as the others'.


Hard to argue that he was the lead.
 
2014-04-28 10:17:30 PM

ol' gormsby: Matheson was largely responsible for the subsequent decline and collapse of National Lampoon. He gets a "+" for this movie (and some others), but a double double-negative for killing my favourite magazine.


Fletch should have killed him.
 
2014-04-28 11:27:01 PM

John Buck 41: slotz: puckrock2000: wiwille:

Belushi deserved a better film though.

People remember this as a "John Belushi" movie, when he was just a supporting player in an ensemble cast. I doubt his screen time totals more than 10 minutes.

/the "stars" of the film were those well-known household names Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegert, and Karen Allen

No love for Tim "Otter" Matheson? His role was as big as the others'.

Hard to argue that he was the lead.


I didn't. But I would argue he was A lead.
 
2014-04-28 11:39:06 PM

mjbok: DRTFA, but I disagree.  Many, many, many college parties on campuses across the US are wilder than anything in the Animal House parties.


As someone who works with Greek Life, THIS
 
2014-04-29 12:22:12 AM
This article and thread are relevant to my interests.
 
2014-04-29 05:29:23 AM
I watched it.
Nothin.
 
2014-04-29 07:21:01 AM
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I thought she was kinda cute
 
2014-04-29 03:59:38 PM

Onkel Buck: [i26.photobucket.com image 320x239]

I thought she was kinda cute

The Curse of 'Animal House': If you showed your boobies in the film, your acting career was doomed to be prematurely truncated.

Lisa Bauer ("Shelly Dubinsky"): was her Hollywood debut and she never acted in another film again

Sarah Holcomb ("Clorette DiPesto"): was also her Hollywood debut; she went on to do "Caddyshack" and 2 low-budget films, then dropped out of acting altogether

Mary Louise Weller
("Mandy Pepperidge"): had a few minor credits under her belt before 'Animal House', did a few one-off guest spots on single episodes of a few t.v. series and two more inconsequential movies, and dropped out of acting permanently by 1983.

(Fun bonus trivia: Martha Smith ("Babs") originally read for the "Mandy" role, but objected to doing the topless scene, despite having previously been a Playboy Playmate.)
 
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