History YMMV / AnimalHouse

8th Dec '17 8:42:14 AM DocWildNole
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** A small wince for anyone who works in higher education comes when the Dean discusses the Delta disciplinary files with Greg. Today, that runs afoul of a little thing called [[https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/brochures/parents.html FERPA]] -- Wormer would be literally ''breaking federal law.''

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** A (comparatively) small wince for anyone who works in higher education comes when the Dean discusses the Delta disciplinary files with Greg. Today, that runs afoul of a little thing called [[https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/brochures/parents.html FERPA]] -- Wormer would be literally ''breaking federal law.''
8th Dec '17 8:10:06 AM DocWildNole
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* DesignatedVillain: The Delta fraternity constantly engages in disruptive behavior and outright acts of vandalism. Its members overall have dreadfully low GPA (which they intend to remedy through cheating). Considering all this, Dean Wormer is perfectly justified in seeking to suspend and disband the fraternity.

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* DesignatedVillain: The Delta fraternity constantly engages in disruptive behavior and outright acts of vandalism. Its members overall have dreadfully low GPA (which they intend to remedy through cheating). Considering all this, Dean Wormer is perfectly justified in seeking to suspend and disband the fraternity. Some have even gone so far as to call Wormer a VillainyFreeVillain. However, even in the early 1960s it was ethically questionable to enlist one group of students to spy on another; to run a "disciplinary hearing" in which the spies try the spied-upon, and the latter have no reasonable chance to address the charges against them (some of which are absolutely false); and to justify all this with a "double-secret probation".


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** Jennings' affair with Katy is not quite ''as'' cringeworthy, but falls under the same category.


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** A small wince for anyone who works in higher education comes when the Dean discusses the Delta disciplinary files with Greg. Today, that runs afoul of a little thing called [[https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/brochures/parents.html FERPA]] -- Wormer would be literally ''breaking federal law.''
7th Dec '17 1:13:03 PM DocWildNole
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Creator/JohnBelushi partied as hard in real life as Bluto did here. Unlike in the movie, John Belushi actually died from it in 1982.

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Creator/JohnBelushi partied as hard even harder in real life as than Bluto did here. Unlike in the movie, John Belushi actually died from it in 1982.



* MoralEventHorizon: Through most of the first and second acts of the movie, the Omegas have been sneaky, snotty and slimy, as well as physically sadistic (see the first MemeticMutation) - though, as shown in the stable scene, only Neidermeyer takes the latter UpToEleven. The rest don't cross the line into pure evil until the infamous Rainbow Motel incident. Granted Greg had an excuse, but the rest are just,as Otter says, acting like [[ThoseWackyNazis "Hitler Youth"]]. By the end of the movie Neidermeyer is so far gone he's willing to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill respond to a seltzer bottle with an M-1 bullet]]. Which is even worse than it first appears, considering how many people are running around, and how easy it would have been to kill one of them no matter ''how'' hard he tried to miss.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Through most of the first and second acts of the movie, the Omegas have been sneaky, snotty and slimy, as well as physically sadistic (see the first MemeticMutation) - though, as shown in the stable scene, only Neidermeyer takes the latter UpToEleven. The rest don't cross the line into pure evil until the infamous Rainbow Motel incident. Granted Greg had an excuse, but the rest are just,as Otter says, acting like [[ThoseWackyNazis "Hitler Youth"]]. By the end of the movie Neidermeyer is so far gone he's willing to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill respond to a seltzer bottle with an M-1 bullet]]. Which rifle fire]]. This is even worse than it first appears, considering how many people are running around, and how easy it would have been to kill one of them no matter ''how'' intently he aimed at Flounder. At point-blank range, granted, Flounder would be hard he tried to miss.miss, but size notwithstanding he's not a BulletproofHumanShield against .30-06 Springfield ammo from an M-1 rifle.[[note]]This rifle and ammo combination was designed to be effective at up to 1000 ''yards''.[[/note]]
4th Dec '17 8:05:01 AM DocWildNole
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* HilarityEnsues: Virtually the entire premise of the movie is about members of a college fraternity partying and getting away with anything and everything, things that would never be allowed (or, at the very least, severely curbed instantly) at any college in the United States.

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* HilarityEnsues: Virtually the entire premise of the movie is about members of a college fraternity partying and getting away with anything and everything, things that would never be allowed (or, at the very least, severely curbed instantly) at any college in the United States.States in the new millennium.



* MoralEventHorizon: Through most of the first and second acts of the movie, the Omegas have been sneaky, snotty and slimy. Only Neidermeyer is physically sadistic, though, as shown in the stable scene. The rest don't cross the line into pure evil until the infamous Rainbow Motel incident. Granted Greg had an excuse, but the rest are just,as Otter says, acting like [[ThoseWackyNazis "Hitler Youth"]]. By the end of the movie Neidermeyer is so far gone he's willing to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill respond to a seltzer bottle with an M-1 bullet]]. Which is even worse than it first appears, considering how many people are running around, and how easy it would have been to kill one of them no matter ''how'' hard he tried to miss.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Through most of the first and second acts of the movie, the Omegas have been sneaky, snotty and slimy. Only Neidermeyer is slimy, as well as physically sadistic, sadistic (see the first MemeticMutation) - though, as shown in the stable scene. scene, only Neidermeyer takes the latter UpToEleven. The rest don't cross the line into pure evil until the infamous Rainbow Motel incident. Granted Greg had an excuse, but the rest are just,as Otter says, acting like [[ThoseWackyNazis "Hitler Youth"]]. By the end of the movie Neidermeyer is so far gone he's willing to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill respond to a seltzer bottle with an M-1 bullet]]. Which is even worse than it first appears, considering how many people are running around, and how easy it would have been to kill one of them no matter ''how'' hard he tried to miss.



** The scene in which Otter, Boon, Flounder, and Pinto visit a roadhouse bar which turns out to have an exclusively black clientele and, as a result, immediately fear for their lives, is also cringeworthy for many viewers today. It doesn't help that several tall ScaryBlackMan stereotypes proceed to verbally intimidate the Deltas by "asking" to [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt dance with their dates]].

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** The scene in which Otter, Boon, Flounder, and Pinto visit a roadhouse bar which turns out to have an exclusively black clientele and, as a result, immediately fear for their lives, is also cringeworthy for many some viewers today. It doesn't help that several tall ScaryBlackMan stereotypes proceed to verbally intimidate the Deltas by "asking" to [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt dance with their dates]].
25th Oct '17 11:39:31 PM Eoppen
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** To be fair, at the time this movie was set, the draft was something that most young men had to deal with, and did ''not'' necessarily entail going to Vietnam. The Vietnam War didn't heat up in a large way until several years after the time of this movie.
28th Sep '17 5:46:54 AM erana
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*** Crosses the line ''[[UpToEleven twice]]'' more when it drops [[ExperimentedInCollege hints]] that the ''roommate'' is also using ''Otter'' for grief sex.
26th Jul '17 4:01:55 PM darkknight109
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* FairForItsDay: Neidermeyer screaming "Faggots!" over and over again during the finale tends to raise a lot of eyebrows when viewed by modern audiences. However, worth noting that in the 70s the word - while still generally used as an insult - had not quite risen to the level of hateful profanity that it occupies today (many gays at the time used it as a self-identifier).


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** Neidermeyer repeatedly calling his own men "faggots" during the finale comes across a little harsher now than it did in 1978.
25th Jul '17 8:44:41 PM glickmam
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: The film was the ambitious foray of the ''National Lampoon'' magazine into silver-screen entertainment. Universal execs politely allowed the filmmakers to go wild in their own special way, quietly hoping ''Animal House'' wouldn't damage the company's checkbooks. Creator/DonaldSutherland famously chose several thousand dollars in payment over a percentage of the box-office gross, expecting the film to be a bomb and be quickly forgotten. However, ''Animal House''[='=]s charmingly dark and hard-hitting observations on college life, as well as its undeniably quirky brand of vulgar humor, was so refreshing to moviegoers in the late 70s that the film recouped its $2 million budget 50 times over. Sutherland, as you might imagine, was not pleased, and it probably explains why he never appeared in any interviews or in ''Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update'', a direct-to-DVD short which suggested the film had been a documentary and Creator/JohnLandis was catching up with some of the cast (played by their original actors, except for Creator/JohnBelushi, who died in 1982, though it's implied that his character lives on as former U.S. President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush).

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: The film was the ambitious foray of the ''National Lampoon'' magazine into silver-screen entertainment. Universal execs politely allowed the filmmakers to go wild in their own special way, quietly hoping ''Animal House'' wouldn't damage the company's checkbooks. Creator/DonaldSutherland famously chose several thousand dollars in payment over a percentage of the box-office gross, expecting the film to be a bomb and be quickly forgotten. However, ''Animal House''[='=]s charmingly dark and hard-hitting observations on college life, as well as its undeniably quirky brand of vulgar humor, was so refreshing to moviegoers in the late 70s that the film recouped its $2 million budget 50 times over. Sutherland, as you might imagine, was not pleased, and it probably explains why he never appeared in any interviews or in ''Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update'', a direct-to-DVD short which suggested the film had been a documentary and Creator/JohnLandis was catching up with some of the cast (played cast, played by their original actors, except for Creator/JohnBelushi, who died in 1982, though it's implied that his character lives on as former U.S. President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush).actors.
19th Jun '17 6:36:13 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/KevinBacon in his film debut as one of the snotty frat dudes. "All is well!"

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/KevinBacon in his film debut as one of the snotty frat dudes. "All is well!"dude that gets paddled to the ass. "THANK YOU SIR! MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?"
10th Mar '17 4:58:25 PM DavidDelony
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** Within a couple of years, enough ripoffs were created that a new genre name was coined - "Us Against the Assholes" movies.

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** Within a couple of years, enough ripoffs were created that a new genre name was coined - [[SlobsVersusSnobs "Us Against the Assholes" Assholes"]] movies.
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