R, 1 hr. 34 min. Directed By: Deb Hagen. Release Date: Aug 21, 2008. DVD Release Date: Jan 27, 2009.
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I enjoyed this movie in the theaters (as a matinee), but I have mixed feelings about it. The parts I enjoyed, I really enjoyed. The parts I didn't like, I really didn't like. But, the overall impression I had of the movie was positive, so I went ahead and bought it.
For those folks who want to reminisce about their college (and fraternity/sorority) days, this might be somewhat of a walk down memory lane. Some of what I saw here was applicable to my own college days, with the exception of farm animals, blow up dolls, and a homosexual slant to nearly everything in the sake of making the story “funnier;” all were reminiscent of those days. However, it kind of worked. Most of the antics, while ludicrous, were pretty funny in that way that makes you embarrassed that you laughed. The movie also highlights the psychological changes that most of us undergo as we transition from high school to college, and does a moderate job of retelling the college/coming of age story.
The one weakness I found in the story line was unfortunately, the major premise. The interaction between these frat guys and the potential Freshmen of this college was unrealistic. Pledges are the lifeblood of any social Greek organization, and even if they'd decided they would not be attempting to pledge these three Freshman (and one of them was a semi-Legacy, so he likely would have been given a bid regardless), they would have been polite... that kind of polite that indicates to the person on the receiving end that whatever potential for interaction had been in play was now over. They would have been polite because you never know who these guys were friends with, and I've seen more than one house lose pledges because of how they treated those pledges' friends.
But, you watch this kind of movie for the same reason you watch Animal House. For the antics. And College had antics to spare, although they were more or less mean spirited and lacked the sense of fun the frathouse classic had. Whether realistic or not, there was some stuff there to find funny.