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February 18, 2007

Movies: Old School

Old School
Director: Todd Philips
Screenplay: Todd Philips and Scott Armstrong

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

Old School is one of the few comedies today that will have you laughing from start to finish. Will Ferrell delivers his best comedic acting since leaving Saturday Night Live but barely outshines his co-stars Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson. 

In order to help their best friend Mitch (Luke Wilson) recover from his recent and painful divorce, Bernie (Vince Vaughn) and Frank (Will Ferrell) develop the genius idea of exploiting Mitch’s location near a college campus by starting a fraternity.  The thirty-something year old men recruit unexpected and awkward pledges, such as a ninety year old former Navy Seal and a scrawny foreign exchange student from India, for their uncanny fraternity.  They party like re-born frat boys and all is well until Gordan Prichard (Jeremy Priven), a former, bullied classmate, who is now dean of the university, attempts to shut down their fraternity.   

Old School does not miss any comedic opportunity.  Whether it is Frank’s awkward wedding, the ridiculous assignment of the pledges, or the extreme tactics pulled to keep the fraternity alive, virtually every scene is filled with laughter, excitement, and fun.  The montage of the fraternity brothers performing ridiculous exercises, such as debating against world renown CNN commentator James “Ragin’ Cajun” Carville, cheerleading, and female gymnastics, to pass the university’s requirement of maintaining the fraternity house on campus is simply hilarious.   

Although only playing a supporting role, Will Ferrell is the leading comedic essence of the film.  He goes to the extreme for the amusement of the audience. Whether it is streaking down a city block or wearing tights in a gymnastic dance routine, Will Ferrell never fails to deliver.  He does the unthinkable and even manages to bring humor to a funeral scene.  While Will Ferrell provides the more extreme laugh-out-loud humor of the film, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson deliver a more subtle humor with their witty remarks and sharp rhetoric made possible by the writing of Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong.  

Today, films are rarely able to make us laugh from start to finish.  Very few films from the 1990s have made the list of the all-time top one-hundred comedy films.  Old School, however, is bound to eventually make that list. Will Ferrell’s performance is just that good to go unnoticed.  After this film, you are bound to imitate the many funny phrases made in the film including “earmuffs” and my personal favorite “Frank the Tank!”  See Will Ferrell and you will be sure to put Old School on your list of top one-hundred comedy classics.  

Posted by vatran at February 18, 2007 02:20 PM

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