Some of the funniest films ever made
pay tribute to that special time of transition in life between youth and adulthood. Yes, I'm talking about college—those carefree days of waking up hungover in a pile of your own vomit, only to realize you've missed your philosophy mid-term. Just thinking about it, I'm instantly transported back to my College of Charleston dorm room, with its painted-blue concrete walls and window that didn't open. I'm hitting snooze because I don't want to get up for my 2 p.m. thursday class. "Might as well skip it," I think to myself as I roll over and start drifting back to sleep. "With the amount of time it'll take for that ceiling fan to dry the boxers I hand-washed last night because I spent my change for the coin laundry on beer, I'll never make it anyway."
Let the countdown begin...
5. Old School (2003)
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Luke Willson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Jeremy Piven
Disillusioned with middle age and failing relationships, a bunch of old college buddies decide to relive their glory days by getting a house and starting a fraternity on the campus of their alma-mater.
“Max, can you earmuff for me? We are going to get so much ass here, it's going to be sick. I'm talking like crazy boy-band ass."
“You’re my boy, Blue! You’re my boy!”
4. Back to School (1986)
Director: Alan Metter
Starring: Rodney Dangerfield, Keith Gordon, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young and Robert Downey Jr.
Dangerfield shines as (what else?) loud-mouthed, wise-crackin' millionaire Thornton Melon, the dad who decides to go back to college to prove to his skeptical, fuddy-duddy son that it's the right move.
"I'll tell you what, then. Why don't you call me sometime when you have no class."
"And another thing, Vonnegut! I'm gonna stop payment on that check!"
Director: Hart Bochner
Starring: Jeremy Piven, Chris Young, Megan Ward, Jon Favreau and David Spade
Long before he wowed us as Entourage's sharp-tongued agent Ari Gold, Jeremy Piven was stellar as James "Droz" Andrews, the wizened leader of his screwball fraternity. In the midst of unbearable '90s-neo-hippie political correctness run amok, he helps his fellow classmates find themselves and their inner party animal.
"He's finishing his senior thesis. Pigman is trying to prove the Caine-Hackman Theory. No matter what time it is, 24 hours a day, you can find a Michael Caine or Gene Hackman movie playing on TV."
"Sanskrit. You're majoring in a 5,000-year-old dead language? Latin, best I can do. Next!"
2. Horse Feathers (1932)
Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Starring: The Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd, David Landau
Professor Quincy F. Wagstaff (Groucho Marx) has just been named President of Huxley College, and he he's got a pretty unique vision for the school—mainly mocking the faculty and recruiting a pair of ringers so Huxley's football team can trounce rival college, Darwin. When Darwin beats him to the punch, Groucho hires Chico and Harpo to kidnap the would-be star players. As usual, the plot is just a vehicle for Groucho and co.'s unequivocally dry and witty banter.
"I married your mother because I wanted children. Imagine my disappointment when you arrived."
"I say to you gentleman that this college is a failure. The Trouble is we're neglecting football for education."
1. Animal House
Director: John Landis
Starring: John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Peter Riegert, Stephen Furst, Mark Metcalf, James Daughton, Kevin Bacon and Donald Sutherland
Sometimes the most obvious choice is the best, and this comedy classic easily takes top honors. A tribute to writer Chris Miller's days in the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Dartmouth and writer Harold Ramis' in Zeta Beta Tau at Washington University, Animal House is at once hilarious, heartwarming, irreverent and absurd. The ensemble cast is on fire through the whole film, but John Belushi still manages to the steal the show as lovable maniac Bluto Blutarsky.
"Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."
"Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! And it ain't over now."
"Christ. Seven years of college down the drain."
"I'm thinking that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part."
"Thank you, sir! May I have another?"
"Now, she should be good-looking, but we're willing to trade looks for a certain... morally casual attitude."
"You can't hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn't you blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn't that an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg—isn't this an indictment of our entire American Society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America!"