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PCU (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 29 April 1994 (USA)
A high school senior visits college for the weekend, and stays at the wildest house on campus in this classic tale of anti-political-correctness.

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Tom Lawrence
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Katy
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Gutter
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Mullaney
Gale Mayron ...
Cecilia
Jake Grace ...
Dave #1 (as Jake Beecham)
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Raji (as Matthew Brandon Ross)
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Deege
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Pigman
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Samantha
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Womynist #1
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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 computers123

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Flunk 'em if they can't take a joke

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for language, drug content and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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29 April 1994 (USA)  »

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PCU Pit Party  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,350,774 (USA)
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P-Funk was not the first choice for the band at the party. Originally Nirvana was scripted to play, but they were too expensive. The Goo Goo Dolls were considered, but Hart Bochner thought that they wouldn't be recognized in America because they weren't well-known at the time. Bochner finally decided on P-Funk. See more »

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When Tom holds Katy and kisses her while dancing at the party, he calls her Megan, the actress' name. He should have called her Katy. See more »

Quotes

Droz: Ladies and gentlemen, I think it's time to revive an ancient tradition we seem to have long forgotten.
Cecilia: They confiscated the altar, Droz.
Droz: No, I'm not talking about human sacrifice, Ceel. I'm talking about something we used to do every Saturday night as a matter of principle. Here's a hint. Legions of hand-stamped meatheads... in coed naked lacrosse T-shirts... power-chugging watered-down Meisterchau... regurgitating on the glue-matted floors.
Mullaney: Kiln-like temperatures, fights with townies... lines ...
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References Friday the 13th Part III (1982) See more »

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Drinking and Driving
Written by Henry Rollins (as Henry Garfield) and Greg Ginn (as Gregory Ginn)
Performed by Stick
Courtesy of Arista Records
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Sorry but this isn't even a good "Animal House" knock-off
31 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I bought this movie at a discount store for several reasons: 1) The IMDb reviews give it nearly a "7"(???); 2) I LOVE Jeremy Piven, David Spade, Chris Young, et al; 3) I was NOT expecting a high budget, true "Animal House" experience for an indie film; and, 4) I genuinely love college comedies/spoofs if they are done well and have a heart/direction. I should also preface the fact I don't like Hart Bochner as an actor so I went in trying to forget he was behind the lens for this experience.

I wanted to love it. I really did. I was NOT expecting Shakespeare or even "SNL" actually. Nothing will touch "Animal House" on the originality scale but I appreciate people trying to put out a quality movie. I love to laugh and enjoy even low-brow humor when done with good intentions by the actors/writer/director. Unfortunately, this movie was neither funny nor inspired. Don't get me wrong, there are some smile-worthy moments - how can you not giggle a little when Jeremy Piven goes into his pre-stardom everyman-speed-riff humor he patented in such later gems as "Serendipity" and "Just Write"? However, this mess of a storyline with every possible college cliché or ridiculous stereotype thrown at you seems like they were straining to come up with valid story points on the fly to complete the project. Seriously, even in a spoof/satire of college life there needs to be at least some resemblance of reality.

I won't give any spoilers away, but if you have ever attended any college - from the Ivy League/Cambridge-caliber all the way down to the local community college -, I can honestly say I never, ever saw some of the deliriously brazen disregard for college life or the wonderfully odd, individual students who attend. Even by the lowest standards of any institution in the world, students need to attend a class and maintain a resemblance of a GPA. Honestly, for all the people who watched this movie (and I understand the story was over ONE weekend), were these based on any real students? They all looked and acted like a ridiculous caricature of spoiled rich kids, dopey addicts/activists with no direction and/or frat kids with zero intention on truly attending class and/or receiving any sort of degree. It was simply -- an unmitigated mess.

I don't believe it is a total waste of time as, like I stated above, there are a few "smile" moments. That's why I gave it a "2" instead of lower. But as a whole, the story is such an "Animal House" rip-off without being remotely inventive or funny it doesn't bear a comparison in the slightest. Nobody should ever be ashamed of the work they do on a movie unless they "mail it in" (think Bruce Willis lately ;-). I believe the director seemed to have mailed it in. I believe the actors gave their all to a very weak, uninspired, unmemorable script. They all deserved better. So did the viewer. I will be either giving my copy to Goodwill or the trash. Sad... I really wanted to love this one. Maybe next time...


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