A Film Review By Jason L. King
|Rating:Rated R for strong language and some nudity.
Starring: Will Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson
Directed By:Todd Phillips
College is a time of fun, games, and parties. Sure I’ve been to a few parties, I’ve had a blast with friends, and I’ve done my share of really dumb things. Eventually we all outgrow that stage, and begin to lead normal lives, carrying on boring routine normal jobs, and forgetting about our wild tendencies. Well most of us at least. I can’t say I have yet, I still do that occasional stupid thing, but I am still a college kid for the next year or so. But some people never really outgrow that age of stupidity, and so someone finally decided that there should be a movie dedicated to those people who wish they never had left the giant party known as college.
Old School brings together SNL’s Will Farrell together with Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn in this story of a group of middle-aged men who start a fraternity for all ages to help them forget about their real life troubles. Through a chain of comedic events we get to watch them embarrass themselves, find themselves and even find love amidst all the stupidity of their attempt to relive their collegiate past.
I should first start off by telling you that this movie is completely pointless. At no point did I actually find even a trace of seriousness in it, but I wasn’t looking for one either. The jokes went nearly over board at times, but what do you expect when a movie stars an SNL character? I’m not complaining however the movie managed to pull it self back on track every time it started to go astray. The movie if nothing else is a guilty pleasure because it is a bunch of “old guys” in a movie that seems like a bad teen party movie.
Will Farrell, the comic genius that he is does a wonderful job in this film. Complete and utter stupidity is his forte, and he uses it to the best of his ability. It’s nothing out of the ordinary for him, but you don’t need that from him to truly enjoy one of his films. As for Luke Wilson, he is a great actor and his contributions to the comedy as a whole are great, but unfortunately his reputation as a comedian are shadowed by that of his brother Owen Wilson, which is sad since both of them are great actors. As for Vince Vaughn, he did an average job, and I enjoyed his character a lot. Vaughn himself however, I was not overly impressed by, but it is much better than the last movie I saw him in. (That doesn’t say much, because he was co-starring with John Travolta in Domestic Disturbance)
Over all I can’t say that Old School is a truly great movie, but I am not going to say it is bad either. Old School knows what it is, a pointless comedy and nothing more. Sure there are better movies out there I am sure, but if you are in for a good laugh, then this may be your cup of tea.