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Old School (2003)

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Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.

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Todd Phillips

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Court Crandall (story), Todd Phillips (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Wilson ... Mitch
Will Ferrell ... Frank
Vince Vaughn ... Beanie
Jeremy Piven ... Pritchard
Ellen Pompeo ... Nicole
Juliette Lewis ... Heidi
Leah Remini ... Lara
Perrey Reeves ... Marissa
Craig Kilborn ... Mark
Elisha Cuthbert ... Darcie
Seann William Scott ... Peppers
Matt Walsh ... Walsh
Artie Lange ... Booker
Patrick Fischler ... Michael
Sara Tanaka Sara Tanaka ... Megan
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Storyline

Mitch, Frank and Beanie are disillusioned with their personal lives begining when Mitch's nymphomanic girlfriend, Heidi, cheats on him, then former party animal Frank gets married, but unwilling to let go of his wild life, and Beanie is a family man seeking to reclaim his wild and crazy youth. Beanie suggests that they form their own fraternity in Mitch's new house on a college campus to re-live their glory days by bringing together a variety of misfit college students, losers, middle-aged and elderly retirees as their new friends and later try to avoid being evicted by the new Dean of Students, Pritchard, whom still holds a personal grudge against all three of them. Written by Matthew Patay

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

All the fun of college, none of the education. See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

DreamWorks

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old School See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,453,216, 23 February 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,585,093

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,055,349
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Terry O'Quinn agreed to play Goldberg, uncredited, in what was a two-day job for him. He neglected to inform his sons he was in the movie, and when they saw it, one of them called their father. "I got a call from my sons one night, and they said, 'What were you doing in Old School? We didn't even know you were in it!' They said, 'We're sitting there, and the first time we see you, it's, like, in a reflection in a window, and when we saw it, and we both thought we were, like, tripping or something!'" See more »

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Set in New York State, but in the end credit scene, Frank is shopping at a Jon's supermarket, a California chain. See more »

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Beanie: Don't say sorry to me. You let down Frank. You let down me. Most importantly, you let down Max. And right about now I'm having a hard time trying to figure out why I take time out of my schedule to help you get over...
[to Max]
Beanie: Max, can you earmuff it for me?
[to Mitch]
Beanie: That whore you dated.
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During most of the end credits, there are scenes showing what happened to the main characters. See more »

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The Unrated DVD contains about a minute of new footage. It includes more of Frank streaking and more with Andy Dick's character, with references to animal sex and ejaculation. See more »

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Referenced in Kendra: Chips Ahoy (2010) See more »

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A Welcome return to Reckless Abandon
9 February 2003 | by 2blackcatsSee all my reviews

Caught a preview showing last night, and I'm a little surprised myself to report that the aptly named Old School is actually a welcome return to a formula all but abandoned by Hollywood for much of the past couple of decades - that of the unapologetic, raucous, cheap laughs for cheap-laughs sake, male-bonding fraternity picture. It is Animal House. It is Porky's. It is every cliche one comes to expect from such a picture - from wild frat house parties to girls wrestling in KY jelly. And, strangely enough, it delivers... with a good cast and a fresh twist. For the group of guys that assemble to start the fraternity that is the heart of Old School are all in their early to mid thirties. They are family men. They are husbands. They are fathers. They are boyfriends involved in serious relationships. They have all grown up.

Or so thought Mitch Martin (Luke Wilson), the "Godfather" of this return to the dorm comedy. When Mitch returns from a business trip to find that his girlfriend (Juliette Lewis) has been hiding from him a rather unnerving secret sex life, the guy begins to question the choices he's made in his life. And his friends are there to help. Best friend and self-made successful businessman Beanie (played with perfect comic timing by Vince Vaughn) suggests they take advantage of Mitch's new found freedom and start a fraternity. And it isn't long before every disillusioned and disenfranchised thirtysomething wants to join - to either recreate their days of reckless youth, or finally belong after years of being an outsider.

Among such misanthropes is Frank the Tank, a character that Will Ferrell makes his own. Literally baring all for the camera, Ferrell, like Saturday night live alum John Belushi before him, plays the wild but affable frat brother - the sad clown, the loveable loser. Ferrell gets all the best lines, but a few are reserved for the sardonic Vaughn. Wilson, to his credit, plays it straight, and the supporting cast (including Leah Remini, Artie Lange, and even the usually annoying Andy Disk in a hilarious cameo) is quite good.

Certainly, Old School is not Oscar material. It's not meant to be. And it makes no pretension to comedy of the kind that My Big Fat Greek wedding brought back into vogue. This is not a feel-good romantic comedy. But it is also not to be dismissed as some insipid throwaway college romp. Old School is intentionally sophomoric (all the more so, as it is director Todd Phillips' second big studio comedy). It is genuinely funny in parts, and a healthy hour and a half return to those days of reckless abandon that many of us dreamt we either had back - or had had in the first place.


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