"College is the best time of your life," is something people like to say and believe. It’s also something that self-perpetuates itself: you approach college with that special time of your life vigor and demand nothing less. Accordingly, it's the college comedy film's obligation to capture this ethos from all angles: those looking forward to college, those in college, and those looking back at college.
Animal House came out on DVD around the time I was applying for colleges. My dad swiftly purchased it for me with the advice of, "You should watch this before you go to college." I am not unique in this; dads were buying their [...]
While Harold Ramis isn’t quite a household name, he absolutely should be. As a writer/director, the man shaped the big screen personas of Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, John Candy, and Rodney Dangerfield, amongst others, defined the comedic tastes of a generation, and had more of an effect on American film humor than just about anybody in the past few decades. Before conquering Hollywood, Ramis performed at Second City Chicago, on The National Lampoon Radio Hour, and on SCTV (where he also served as head writer). Ramis then went on to write, direct, and/or star in a string of hit comedies that includes Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, National Lampoon's Vacation, [...]
When you're getting sick of maneuvering your way through a Halloween party while dressed as a complex visual pun tonight, think of the Community cast for strength. Here they are in an Animal House tableau as part of EW's comedy issue. The study group also paid homage to Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Porky’s, and The Breakfast Club for the issue. Seems kinda like a waste that they didn't just shoot awesome tribute episodes while they were already in those costumes. Unless maybe…they secretly did??? They must have. Robbing the world of Donald Glover's Otis Day impression would be too cruel. Too cruel.