Runtime: 1 Hour
and 49 Minutes
"National Lampoon's Animal House" is crude, rude, vulgar,
distasteful and not for everyone.
Now that that's out of the way, it's also the funniest movie I've
seen, with perfect comic timing, a wide assortment of funny characters
and a real sense of chaos. This is a wild ride.
The story involves the Deltas, the worst fraternity on campus at Faber
College (their motto -- "Knowledge is good"), and their
usual hijinks. Despised by the dean and all the other (respectable)
fraternities, they spit in the face of conformity, breaking rules
by throwing toga parties or cheating on exams or belittling their
That's really all you need to know. The rest of this movie is simply
comic situations, whether it be the food fight in the cafeteria, Bluto's
attempt at peeping or how to deal with a vicious ROTC instructor (and
Without going into details, the Deltas foul things up, big-time. And
their local draft board has been notified that they'll be available.
This culminates in a hilarious speech (which shows that Bluto probably
didn't attend many history classes) and a subsequent finale, where
a parade is ruined and chaos rules supreme.
There's no message to this movie. It won't inspire any serious feelings,
nor will it change the world. It's just serious comedy that REALLY
It's not a slapstick comedy, and it's not a sly comedy either. It
balances somewhere in the middle, starts funny, ends funny and is
funny in the middle.
This comedy smells of beer and day-old pizza and cigarette butts.
It's also a soon-to-be American classic.