National Lampoon's Animal House Movie Review

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National Lampoon's Animal House is a movie about the rivalry between two fraternities at Faber College, the uptight-ultra-conservative Omegas and the drunken brothers of Delta house. The chaos starts from the very beginning of the movie but does not kick off in full force until the head of the college, Dean Wormer, decides to shut down the Deltas. When he finally is able to close down the Delta fraternity, they do the only logical thing. The guys build a renegade float and run rampant at the homecoming parade. Along the way to being thrown off campus, the Delta brothers make a road trip to find dates, shoplift sweaters full of meat from the grocery store, try to pick up the Dean's wife, declare a food fight in the cafeteria, throw one hell of a toga party, and "accidently" kill ROTC Commander Neidermeyer's horse.

This movie was directed by John Landis released by Universal Studios.

The film was written by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, and Chris Miller. National Lampoon's Animal House is set in 1962 and was released for the first time in 1978. The film "stars" the late John Belushi as "Bluto," one of the party-hearty members of the Delta fraternity. I say "stars" because Belushi is the most recognizable character, and Bluto is always featured every time you see the film advertised. But this is a film of maybe ten different stars, all of whom get ample screen time, and are all capable of carrying the scene they are in. From the "bad guys" Dean Wormer (John Vernon) and Doug Neidermeyer (Mark Metcalf) to the rest of the fun-loving Deltas, this is probably one of the finest casts ever assembled (in relation to the film they are in). Everyone knows guys like Otter (Tim Matheson), Boone (Peter Riegert), and...