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Film: PCU
Flunk 'em if they can't take a joke.

A college comedy film that could be described as Animal House meets the clashing of right-wing and left-wing politics of The Nineties.

Tom is a pre-freshman having a visit to Port Chester University before he attends it properly. Hilarity Ensues as he manages to piss off half the campus, with his only safety between two groups, which themselves hate each other: The groups are Balls and Shaft, a right-wing fraternity that went underground after fraternities were banned from the school, and The Pit, a group that split off from Balls and Shaft and just wants to goof around (and to get around the ban, it doesn't call itself a fraternity).

However, the fraternity has the allegiance of the left-wing school president, at least in the sense of both hating The Pit. And they have a good plan on getting rid of it.

This 1994 film starred Jeremy Piven as Droz and David Spade as Rand, with a special appearance by George Clinton.

Not to be confused with Pawtucket Credit Union.

Provides Examples of:

  • As Himself: George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic
  • Animal Wrongs Group: Flower and her crowd.
    Droz: They find a Cause and they stick with it. (Beat) For about a week.
  • Batman Gambit / Xanatos Gambit: The plan to get rid of The Pit was to slap them with all the unpaid bills for their building and anticipating that Droz would suggest a wild party to raise the money. This would cause loads of complaints from the PC students, thus giving enough reason to shut down The Pit even if the money was raised in time. It's the former for being based on what The Pit residents would do and the latter for benefiting whether they did it or not.
    • Later Droz pulls a Batman Gambit of his own, anticipating he could get the student body to rally to him, thus getting the president fired for failing to handle the situation.
  • Brown Note: What "Afternoon Delight" is treated as. It leads people to jumping off the balcony to escape it.
  • Dean Bitterman: Ms. Garcia-Thompson. Not only does she micromanage everything with the school, but she's also pushing a "cultural sensitivity" agenda that borders on extremism (she threatens to kill off the hockey team in order to fund a "Bisexual Asian" department). Her extremism is to the point that her bosses are looking for an excuse to get rid of her.
  • Double Meaning Title: Could stand for "Port Chester University" or "Politically Correct University".
  • Must Have Caffeine: Droz is introduced waking up from a bender and repeatedly screaming, "Coffee!"
  • Everyone Chasing You: Tom halfway through the movie, and Rand at the end. Tom even exploits this to get enough people to come to the party.
  • Evil Plan: The Dean wants to get rid of the Pit but it's a means to an end. For others, it's an end in and of itself.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Tom just happens to overhear the university's board members complaining about Dean Garcia-Thompson, which gives Droz and The Pit crew the idea of using a large protest at the dean's speech to give those board members the excuse they need.
  • Expy: The "Balls and Shaft" underground fraternity, which is a more rude variation on the "Skull and Bones" fraternity that's (in)famously tied to a number of Presidents and political leaders.
    • Port Chester University itself is close enough (Port Chester, NY is right on the Connecticut border) to being Yale University (New Haven, CT).
  • Freudian Excuse: Played With. While it's not made clear if Rand was any less of a Jerk Ass before he roomed with Droz, it's shown in a flashback that Droz was a pretty horrible room mate.
  • Hope Spot: The end of the party, where even the "Caine–Hackman Theory" was proven.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The last student protest in the film: WE'RE NOT GONNA PROTEST!
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Droz after getting in trouble for throwing "a hundred pounds of meat at a peaceful vegan protest."
    Droz: Oh, come on! That was way more than a hundred pounds!
  • Is This Thing Still On?: When Rand starts attacking the dean for getting fired (and ruining his hopes of getting his fraternity house back) he starts ranting about all the unwashed heathens she'd allowed to take over the campus. The Pit had wisely lined up a set of live microphones by that time so that Rand's words are heard by all the Cause-Heads... who promptly chase after him in a bigger mob than the one that chased Tom throughout the movie.
  • The Nineties
  • One Dave Limit: Doomed. There are two Daves, and they're both (mostly) useless.
  • A Party Also Known as an Orgy: One character invoked this trope by calling the party "Everyone Gets Laid", which at least sent the freshmen running there.
  • Plot Hole: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic play a huge set with all their instruments and equipment yet somehow manage to not blow the dodgy fuses of the Pit.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad / Strawman Political: Both tropes are spoofed.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Pit, an ethnically/gender-mixed group united under the banner of rocking out and coasting through college.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Animal House.
  • The Stoner: The Frisbee team. They even named the team's dog Blotter.
  • Straw Feminist: The "Womynists".
  • Suckiness Is Painful: Droz locks most of the staff in a room with "Afternoon Delight" playing. After a while, they start pounding on the door, and then break windows to escape.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Rand and the dean hate each other's guts, but are only united in their hatred of The Pit.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The film gives a good glimpse at life, particularly in college, in the 90s.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Or, in this case, changing causes. Flower and company, again.

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