National Lampoon's Animal House

National Lampoon's Animal House
National Lampoon's Animal House
  • R
  • 1h 48m
  • 1978
Certified Fresh90%
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One of the most popular movie comedies of all time is also the film that made John Belushi a star. This raunchy, screwball comedy, directed with madcap zest by John Landis, offers a relentless spoof of 1960's college life by following the hilarious adventures of the Delta fraternity. In addition to Belushi as "Bluto" Blutarsky, the outstanding cast includes Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, Stephen "Flounder" Furst, Karen Allen, Donald Sutherland, Peter Riegert and Kevin Bacon, along with Otis Day and the Knights with their show-stopping performance of "Shout."

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh90%
Critics Consensus: The talents of director John Landis and Saturday Night Live's irrepressible John Belushi conspired to create a rambunctious, subversive college comedy that continues to resonate.
San Francisco Chronicle
Walter V. Addiego

June 21, 2017
TIME Magazine
Frank Rich

The Lampoon people understand the darkest secret of an American college education: one of the nobl...

June 21, 2017
Variety Staff

There's enough bite and bawdiness to provide lots of smiles and several broad guffaws.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
John Belushi's raucous toga party has sex, cursing, drinking

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that National Lampoon's Animal House is the classic 1978 comedy about a hedonistic college fraternity circa 1962. Some of the comedy glorifies underage binge drinking, casual sex with minors and married women, and the sex-at-all-costs mentality that, in light of so many reports of campus rape and college students dying from binge drinking, hasn't aged well. It's also the movie that basically launched the "college party" movies of the '80s and beyond -- movies that also glorified sex without consequence, binge drinking, and other over-the-top misbehavior that took all of the content without any of Animal House's comments on repressive authority on the verge of leading youth into the Vietnam War. Frequent profanity, including "f--k." Reckless, drunken driving. Fistfights. Some female nudity -- breasts, buttocks. Bluto looks up the skirts of some cheerleaders and watches shirtless women have a pillow fight.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:July 28, 1978
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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