is a 2003 American comedy directed by Todd Phillips and starring Luke Wilson
, Will Ferrell
, and Vince Vaughan
. It tells the story of three guys facing a midlife crisis who return to their alma mater and start a new fraternity, soon running afoul of the dean.
This film contains examples of:
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Frank is prone to this, hence why his wife wants him to stop drinking.
- Awesomeness Induced Amnesia: Frank (who has never been shown to be anything more than average intelligence) is in a formal debate with a famous news pundit. After Frank delivers his argument, the pundit outright says that he has no response. When asked how Frank did that, he says he has no idea and that he blacked out.
- The Alcoholic: Frank used to be a massive alcoholic, to the point of earning the nickname "Frank the Tank". His wife has tried to force him to stop, much to his chagrin.
- Awful Wedded Life: "*cough*don't do it!*cough*"
- Butt Monkey: Mitch and Weensie.
- Cool Old Guy: Blue, an elderly Navy veteran who joins the frat. He dies just before a KY Jelly wrestling match with two topless women.
- Cover Innocent Eyes And Ears: Beanie frequently brings his young son with him, and demands that the other guys give him a heads-up if they're going to swear, so that he can tell his son to cover his ears.
- Fratbro: The guys in their past, but Frank The Tank in particular was most prone to Wacky Fratboy Hijinx.
- Groin Attack: As part of their initiation, the frat pledges have to hold cinderblocks that are ostensibly tied to their penises, carry them over to the edge of a roof and then hurl them over the edge, trusting that the ropes are loose enough that this won't result in sudden castration. The point is to demonstrate trust, but this is lost on poor Weensie; the rope catches...
- Henpecked Husband: Frank's wife has forced him to give up drinking. Or tried to, anyway.
- Loophole Abuse: Mitch's house is designated specifically for social services and community housing, so they start a fraternity open to anyone as there's no rule that the frat has to be associated with the school.
- Man Child: Frank, of course. And Beanie, who is still a party animal at heart, despite being married with a baby.
- Serious Business: Much to Mitch's chagrin, everyone takes the frat very seriously, calling him "The Godfather" and giving him preferential treatment.
- Streaking: After getting good and loaded, Frank decides to go for a run. Naked.
- Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: Naturally, this film includes them, including streaking and KY jelly wrestling
- Your Cheating Heart: The plot is kicked off by Mitch walking in on his girlfriend about to participate in a gang-bang.