Zach laughs his way through Animal House, and then reflects upon the humor and the times.

At a 1962 College, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.


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  1. The influence of Animal House was so great! It was patient zero of the slobs vs. preps trope so very prevalent in the 1980s. It was THE template for Meatballs, Porky’s and a 1000 other also-rans. The American Pie movies are very much the children of Animal House. Stifler’s Mom is totally Dean Wormer’s wife.

  2. My favorite movie of all time. Thank you guys so much for reviewing it. This is one of those movies that I can actually watch multiple times a year. All I have to ask is “Is there anything you hate more than that horse?”

  3. Space Cadet Juan on

    Definitely one of my all time favorites. So many great lines that I quote all the time.
    “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.”
    “Over? Was is over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”
    “Do you MIND if we DANCE with yo DATES?”
    “Oh boy is this GREAT!”
    “Thank you, God!”
    Ah, I can’t even count the number of times when someone knocks on a door to a room I’m in, or is otherwise trying to get my attention, and I break out a falsetto voice and say, “You’ll have to come back LATER, I’m doing the DISHES…”

  4. One thing I thought Zach would have mentioned during his review was the direct influence this movie had on one of his favorite director’s, Kevin Smith. Kevin Smith lifted the scene from the parade where Dean Wormer reaches up and grabs the shirt of the guy and pulls him down and says something to him and used it in Mallrats during the dating game. Michael Rooker’s character Jared Svenning does the same thing all while being sick and puking in a bag because of the stinkpalm. I’m sure Kevin’s used lots of other references too, but that one always sticks out to me.

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