Certain Movies every man should see, some he should know by heart. These are the movies we’ll be featuring in the Proud Boy Movie Club. Some films will be new to some of us, some we’ve seen a dozen times. Either way you’re encouraged to watch or take the opportunity to re-watch these films every man should know. All Proud Boys can follow the films week to week here and discus and post thoughts, questions and comments in the Proud Boys Magazine Facebook Group.
This week’s Movie Club: NATIONAL LAMPOON’S: ANIMAL HOUSE
Animal House has a place in everyone’s heart, some bigger than others but for me it was a turning point. I can’t say that turning point steered me in a better direction but it kept me away from dorming at college which is great thing because after seeing Animal House I was too enamored with the party that I grew to fear it. For good reason too, the party couldn’t handle me and I’d probably end up like the real John Belushi. Often imitated – the characters in this movie are never duplicated again. They had too much to live up to making it a perfect recipe while becoming the go to college party movie probably EVER! Every party would never be the same after this movie came out. It changed the standard of what was normal which eventually raised the bar making partying a competition to some people.
“This could be the greatest night of our lives but you’re going to let it be the worst”
On a blank vhs and in my mom’s handwriting in blue ink it read “Animal House (78’)” It’ll never leave my mind. It became an instructional manual with my attitude towards life.
In this classic underdog story John Landis makes his directorial debut as a director, In the year 1962 Delta house is facing expulsion from the university by adversary Dean Vernon Wormer similar to Edward Rooney, the Dean in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” but smarter. While we are at it let’s face facts the guy was retard he couldn’t even catch a guy cutting class showboating around Chicago in a Ferrari. Co-starring Tom Hulce and Stephen Furst who looks almost like a healthy Artie Lange in Dirty Work minus the heavy narcotics but keeping pretty much the same caloric intake. It is doused with so many noteworthy actors such as Donald Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, and John Belushi. .
Each scene in the film stands alone as a comedy sketch. It’s absurd, but familiar to the male bonding experience; which is itself absurd, yet everyone is a circle of friends seems to fill their roles. At its core, the film is about jokes and sex and having adventures just to do them. Animal House is about excess and the fact that sometimes that’s okay. Not to mention the fact that it perfectly shows how male bonds are formed (and how starkly differently that is from how girls make friends. Paving the road for comedies, it was one of the first to feature so much content not suitable for tv with all its vulgarity, profanity and sex. Every young spirited comedy should pay homage to this movie as they all took, borrowed or adapted ideas. Like the Matrix is to camera work, Animal House is to comedy and all college movies.
“WHAT DO YOU WANNA DO WITH YOUR LIFE?!!”
Oops wrong piece of film. I knew that voice and character were too similar, yes Mark Metcalf is Doug Neidermeyer the sadistic military guy in Animal House. The same guy from both Twisted Sister music videos that came out in the early 80’s. Like I said the influence of this movie has carried on in cinema forever. John Belushi is no exception and as the most memorable character in a movie where he wasn’t the main star (hard to not understand why). His character not only became a college legend among fraternities but also a legend among Proud Boys as a we aspire to have a piece of Bluto in all of us. Just don’t let the party get too serious, John Belushi died from a heavenly mixture of cocaine and heroin about 4 years later at barely a Hobbit’s coming of age at 33.