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Going Greek (2001)

Loner freshman Jake Taylor is forced to join the wildest fraternity on campus...

Director:

Justin Zackham

Writer:

Justin Zackham
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan Bruno ... Jake
Laura Harris ... Paige Forrester
Simon Rex ... Thompson
Dublin James ... Gil
Chris Owen ... Davis
Harvey Silver ... T.J.
Steve Monroe ... Nick
Oliver Hudson ... Ziegler
Susan Ward ... Wendy
Todd Giebenhain ... Russ
Corey Pearson ... Sully
Charlie Talbert ... Dooly
Tom Bower ... Bill
Britain Spellings ... Rigby
Branton Box ... Brad (as Branton Boxer)
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Storyline

Loner freshman Jake Taylor is forced to join the wildest fraternity on campus when the frat brothers refuse to accept his geeky cousin/roommate unless Jake agrees to pledge with him. As the semester progresses, Jake struggles to maintain his grades as well as his affair with Paige, a beautiful sophomore who hates all fraternities. Through naked scavenger hunts, sorority ass-signings and all night beer fests, Jake discovers that he's actually beginning to enjoy himself. But when both his scholarship and his relationship with Paige are threatened, Jake must swallow his pride and turn to his fellow pledges for help or risk losing everything. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes the best memories can be hard to remember.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language, crude humor, drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Begolyózott gólyák See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The scavenger hunt's item that was assigned to Pledge Ziegler was to sleep with at least one girl of each sorority before hell week begins. But the last girl Wendy (Susan Ward) only agreed to do it with him after he was already pledged. The fraternity was supposed to de-pledge him when he arrived for hell week. See more »

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Sully: [about his virgin girlfriend] Either I'm terrifically well-endowed or she's terrifically not. The girl's so tight she makes Fort Knox look like a flea market.
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References American Pie (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

KUNG FU SATURDAYS
Performed by The MelTones
Written by Mel Waldorf
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Let's enjoy some bullying, torture and inhumanity ... it's comedy, isn't it?
16 October 2011 | by khaktusSee all my reviews

Does this movie take itself seriously? Meaning, seriously as a comedy targeted on young audience? While I know the (self imposed) limitations of American campus comedy and know what to expect from such a movie, I must say, that only a few moments were worth a laugh (and I can take even cheesy or perverse jokes).

The point is, that many moments probably were meant to be laughed on, but in the same time they were pretty sad... Sad in a way, that the movie, without its end (that I don't want to reveal for those who might want to watch this movie "seriously" as it is) could be pretty illustrative sociological study of the American youth, or even of the birth of many specific pathological features of the American society.

Bearing all the possible inhumane hazing, torture, ridiculous rituals, laws of the mass, do-what-group-does mentality, declaring machismo and pure male chauvinism as "tradition", or self-destructive alcoholism as "culture" ... for what? "Being part of"? "Helping friend being part of"? The motivation of characters is not very believable - considering the amount of dignity they are willing to sacrifice, with absurd indifference.

With all this said, the movie might be pretty good serious study of the college fraternity mentality system - evoking the despair from any well-known tragedies, invoking lot's of anger in viewer. But in this sense, it lacks something like catharsis. One can see, how genre framing can deform our view of certain situations. We try to laugh on what is really a matter of anger and sadness.

Thus, one has a feeling, that all this inhumanity is just fun, part of wonderful students life, something to be consumed and laughed on ... and forgotten. As this movie should be.


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