Old School

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

A tribute to the stupid, frat-film genre, Old School is a zany comedy about three 30-something buddies who try to recapture the fun and excitement of their college years. After Mitch Martin (Luke Wilson) discovers his live-in girlfriend, Heidi (Juliette Lewis), in the midst of a multiple-partner sexual encounter, he rents a house with two of his friends near Harrison University. Frank (Will Ferrell), recently married, feels the confines of marriage and longs for the days of parties, sex and drinking. Beanie (Vince Vaughn), the third in this trio and also married, tells his young boy to earmuff it so that hell cover his ears when people swear. In an attempt to get rid of the three, the dean (Jeremy Piven) tries to make their lives difficult by using technicalities of the school rules. In order to remain on campus, the three men start a fraternity of misfits complete with crude stunts as initiations.

Filled with vulgar gags, sexual pranks, naked women, streaking, blow-up dolls and plenty of beer guzzling, Old School has little redeeming value. Its funny in places, but almost anything goes as long as it brings a few laughs. Two small children are used as a backdrop for offensive humor. Marriage is portrayed as being restrictive and confining. In a prime example of the films poor judgment, Mitch wakes up after a drunken party in bed with a high-school girl, who is the daughter of his boss. Frank is shown streaking, and his antics lead to a divorce with his wife. Due to strong sexual content, nudity, rough language and a negative view of marriage and family, Preview says dont go to Old School. It offers a poor and vulgar education.

Preview Reviewer: Alan Boyer
Dream Works Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several times

Obscene Language: Many (20+) times (F, F up, S, MG).

Profanity: Many (20+) times (F, F up, S, MG).

Violence: Several times mild (man shoots himself with tranquilizer gun, man falls into pool and is kicked in the head, man falls off roof).

Sex: None

Nudity: man runs down street completely naked shown from side and back, women without tops two times.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many moaning coming from room, porn movie on TV, lots of sexual innuendo.

Drugs: Drinking of beer and drunkenness.

Other: Men stand on edge of roof, tie rope to private parts and other end to cement block, then throw block off building.

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and Adults

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