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A high school senior comes to visit Port Chester (aka Politically Correct U) for the weekend, and the admissions department mistakenly sets him up to stay with Droz, a seven year student and party-animal who lives in The Pit, the most offensive house on campus. After trying to pawn the pre-freshman off on his house mate, Droz sets off on his normal daily activities including disrupting a political protest by throwing meat at a group of vegan protesters. The President of the University then receives a number of complaints, and with the help of her lackey, she may finally have the power to kick Droz's house off campus. But the Pit throws an all-campus rager where George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic performs, and everything might turn out alright if the various political groups can forget their protests for one night and just have fun together. Written by
Jeremy Piven's performance alone is worth the price of admission.
I have watched this movie maybe 8 times--and I'm not one to re-watch many movies. What keeps bringing me back is not the plot, which is pretty pedestrian, but the performance of Jeremy Piven as Droz. You may know him from TV's failed "Cupid," or perhaps as Jerry, the head writer from early episodes of The Larry Sanders Show. I've always been a fan of his, but it is in PCU that he really shines.
Droz is sort of a melding of Bluto, Otter, and Boone, to use an Animal House analogy. That is, he's got the party-animal charisma of Bluto with the scheming, cocky, hyper-verbal flair of Boone and Otter. He is a college superman, the uberfratboy, able to BS his way out of any situation. I can't say enough about Piven's timing and delivery in this flick. The character he creates is extraordinary, a larger-than-life, swaggering, supremely quotable jeans-and-sweatshirt party god.
The plot: a preppy high school senior visits the campus of Port Chester Univ. to see if he wants to attend school there. He runs into one politically correct campus group after another--the womynists, the vegans, etc. None of these groups are particularly interesting or funny. What happens to the prefrosh as he tours the school is not particularly funny. But the interaction of Droz and his buddies at the Pit, the last bastion of raunchy frat-boy antics at PCU, are what make the movie watchable. As a movie, in terms of plot structure, general characterization, etc., there's not a lot to go on, here. But it is enough of a framework on which to hang the great Droz character, and it's packed with enough great quotes to make it a movie I come back to repeatedly for laughs. I actually watch it more frequently than Animal House now, possibly because I am already so familiar with Animal House. PCU isn't the great artistic achievement that Animal House is, but the Droz character may eclipse the boys from Delta House for sheer comic genius.
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