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Encyclopedia > Old School (film)
Old School
Directed by Todd Phillips
Produced by Daniel Goldberg
Todd Phillips
Joe Medjuck
Written by Scot Armstrong
Todd Phillips
Starring Luke Wilson
Will Ferrell
Vince Vaughn
Ellen Pompeo
Jeremy Piven
Distributed by DreamWorks SKG
Release date(s) February 21, 2003
Running time 92 min.
Language English
Budget $24,000,000
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Old School is a comedy motion picture released by DreamWorks SKG in 2003, about three thirty-somethings who seek to re-live their college days by starting a fraternity, and the tribulations they encounter in doing so. The film, which stars Luke Wilson (Mitch), Vince Vaughn (Beanie) and Will Ferrell (Frank), was directed by Todd Phillips and written by Phillips, Scot Armstrong, and Court Crandall. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (600x889, 161 KB)Theatrical poster for Old School. ... Todd Phillips was born in 1970 in Brooklyn, New York. ... Todd Phillips was born in 1970 in Brooklyn, New York. ... Joseph Medjuck (born February 17, 1943 in Fredericton, New Brunswick) is a Canadian-born film producer in Hollywood. ... Todd Phillips was born in 1970 in Brooklyn, New York. ... Luke Cunningham Wilson (born September 21, 1971) is an American film actor. ... John William Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967[1]) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American comedian, actor and writer who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to a successful film career. ... Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor. ... Ellen Pompeo (born November 10, 1969) is a Golden Globe nominated and Screen Actors Guild award winning American actress, best known for playing the title role of Meredith Grey on the ABC medical drama Greys Anatomy. ... Jeremy Samuel Piven (born July 26, 1965)[1] is a two-time Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated American actor. ... The DreamWorks Boy on the Moon Logo DreamWorks SKG (Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen) is a Big Ten studio in the United States of America which develops, produces, and distributes films, music, and television programming. ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... The DreamWorks Boy on the Moon Logo DreamWorks SKG (Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen) is a Big Ten studio in the United States of America which develops, produces, and distributes films, music, and television programming. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... Luke Cunningham Wilson (born September 21, 1971) is an American film actor. ... Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor. ... John William Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967[1]) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American comedian, actor and writer who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to a successful film career. ... Todd Phillips was born in 1970 in Brooklyn, New York. ...


The movie was envisioned by Phillips as a comedy parallel to the cult-classic National Lampoon's Animal House.[citation needed] It is considered a forerunner to the frat pack since three of its stars are core members of that group. National Lampoons Animal House is a 1978 comedy film in which a misfit group of fraternity boys take on the system at their college. ... The Frat Pack is an unofficial 1990s-2000s era nickname given to a group of male Hollywood comedy actors who have appeared together in many of the highest grossing movies since the mid 1990s, including Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, and Steve Carell. ...


This film is number 16 on Bravo's list of 100 funniest movies.[1] This article is about the U.S. cable network. ... Bravos, The 100 Funniest Movies is a list of the top 100 comedy movies as determined by Bravo, the U.S. television network. ...

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Setting

The film is set in a small, unnamed city in Upstate New York. The school was fictional Harrison University, and filming locations included UCLA and Harvard. It is set in 2003. A Tom Tourle production. Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ...


Plot

Mitch, the protagonist, comes back from a business trip he is shocked to find out that his girlfriend Heidi takes part in orgies with a variety of people. She claims it’s purely sexual but nevertheless Mitch doesn’t want to continue the relationship. As a result, he rents a house on a college campus. A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ...


Mitch encounters his high school crush, Nicole, at his friend Frank’s wedding party. However, he doesn’t make a good impression with her in his inebriated state by spilling hot coffee on her. Mitch’s other best friend Bernard throws a party for Mitch so that he could get his mind off his ex-girlfriend. Called Mitch-a-palooza, the rapper Snoop Dogg performs Eric B & Rakim's track Paid in Full at the large house party. This party is a huge success and also puts Mitch and his friends at the top of the college social scene. During the party, Frank gets drunk and goes streaking through the neighborhood and is caught by his new wife, straining their relationship. Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. ... Eric B. & Rakim was an East Coast rap group that popularized the James Brown-sampled funky hip hop of the late 1980s. ... This article is about an album. ...


The next morning, the guys meet Dean Pritchard. The Dean is a childhood acquaintance of the three men, but since he was the butt of most of their pranks, his actions throughout the movie are vindictively rooted. Pritchard happily informs them that the house is specifically designated for social services and community housing. Therefore, Mitch, Frank, and Bernard must either move out or fulfil the Dean’s criteria in order to keep Mitch’s house. For this reason, it is Bernard’s idea to start a fraternity that is open to anyone. Although Mitch is initially reluctant to accept the notion of turning his house into a fraternity, he is essentially obliged to agree with the idea. The fraternity thrives from the start, an initiation rite involving certain lengths of rope, with one end tied to thirty-pound cinderblocks and the other tied to each initiant's genitalia, and a procedure wherein each initiant must drop his cinderblock from a high building precipice, and which is supposed to symbolize each initiant's trust--that the ropes are long enough to allow each cinderblock to reach the ground below with rope length to spare. One initiant (Jerod Mixon), however, has an unfortunate, and ostensibly unplanned, experience involving a loose manhole cover and a deep vertical access shaft. Mitch gets coined "the Godfather". He still tries to keep his work life and fraternity life apart. Regardless, he is approached by countless people even at work who want to become members of his fraternity. The fraternity is an outlet for the stress and boredom that is associated with the monotonous nine-to-five lifestyle for many members. Jerod Mixon is an American actor. ...


However, the guys’ dreams are constrained. The death of one of the fraternity members certainly doesn’t help matters, but the main obstacle is still Dean Pritchard. The fraternity is boarded up by the Dean because he claims the group violated an assortment of university policies. He also claims that the students who participated in the non-sanctioned fraternity are subject to expulsion. Nonetheless, Mitch finds out that the group has the right to bypass this legality by completing a series of activities that range from academics and athletics to community service, debate and school spirit. The men are able to complete all of the activities successfully but since the deceased member of the fraternity was still on their roster, the group’s averages were brought down. Consequently, Dean Pritchard tells them the university’s decision stands.


Frank is able to obtain a tape that reveals the Dean bribing a female student with admission to Columbia Law School (a promise the Dean happily broke when she confronted him after the school rejects her) since she is head of the student board that approved of the fraternity's campus status. Accordingly, the Dean’s credibility is destroyed. With this fact, it is hard for the university to withhold their decision and they decide to reinstate the fraternity’s charter. In addition, the fraternity’s old house is replaced with Dean Pritchard’s house (definitely an upgrade). Despite Bernard and Mitch withdrawing from the fraternity, Frank maintains his ties and persists with his leadership in the organization. Columbia Law School, located in the New York City borough of Manhattan, is one of the professional schools of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League, and one of the leading law schools in the United States. ...


Characters

Mitch Martin

Also known as “The Godfather.” Holds a job as a real estate lawyer. Luke Cunningham Wilson (born September 21, 1971) is an American film actor. ... Real estate is a legal term that encompasses land along with anything permanently affixed to the land, such as buildings. ...


Frank Ricard

Also known as “Frank the Tank”, a nickname that has followed him from his college days, due to his drinking ability. John William Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967[1]) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American comedian, actor and writer who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to a successful film career. ...


Bernard Campbell

Also known as “Beanie”. He is married with kids and is a millionaire, but remains envious of his friends' lifestyles. Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor. ...


Dean Gordon Pritchard

Also known as “Cheese”. He is the unscrupulous dean of the university. Jeremy Samuel Piven (born July 26, 1965)[1] is a two-time Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated American actor. ... In an educational setting, a dean is a person with significant authority . ... For the community in Florida, see University, Florida. ...


Nicole

The love interest of Mitch Martin after the break-up with his fiancée. Ellen Pompeo (born November 10, 1969) is a Golden Globe nominated and Screen Actors Guild award winning American actress, best known for playing the title role of Meredith Grey on the ABC medical drama Greys Anatomy. ...


Heidi

Mitch Martin’s fiancée. Juliette L. Lewis (born June 21, 1973[1]) is an Oscar-nominated American actress and musician. ...


Lara Campbell

Bernard Campbell’s wife, and friend of Marissa. Leah Remini (born June 15, 1970 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York) is an American actress. ...


Marissa Jones

Frank's new wife. Perrey Reeves, who does not disclose her age[1], was born in New York City, New York, USA). ...


Mark

Nicole's boyfriend. Craig Kilborn (born August 24, 1962) is an American comedian and former talk show host. ...


Lambda Epsilon Omega

ΛΕΩ is the fraternity that the guys started. Original pledges include:

  • Joseph 'Blue' Palasky (Patrick Cranshaw) - the oldest member of the fraternity, at 89 years of age, who passes away after a wrestling event that was to involve a pool filled with K-Y Jelly and two topless college girls, Jenny (Corinne Kingsbury) and Jeannie (Lisa Donatz).
  • Weensie (Jerod Mixon) - The distinctively obese fraternity pledge.
  • Spanish (Rick Gonzalez)
  • Hatch (Matthew Carey)
  • Jerry (Simon Helberg)
  • Abdul (Abdul Goznobi)
  • Archer (Eddie Pepitone)
  • Warren (Rob Corddry)

Joseph Patrick Cranshaw (June 17, 1919 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma – December 28, 2005 in Fort Worth, Texas) was an American movie and television actor, best known for his role as Joseph Old Blue Palasky, a fraternity brother in the 2003 hit comedy Old School. ... A tube of K-Y Jelly K-Y Jelly is a water-based, water-soluble personal lubricant produced by Johnson & Johnson. ... Jerod Mixon is an American actor. ... Rick Gonzalez (born June 30, 1979) is an American actor. ... Matthew Carey (born April 6, 1980 in Denver, Colorado) is an American film and television actor who has appeared in films such as The Banger Sisters (2002), November (2004) and a 1997 remake of the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver. ... Simon Helberg (born December 9, 1980) is an American comic actor. ... Rob Corddry (born February 4, 1971) is an American comedian known best for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and as the main character in the FOX sitcom The Winner. ...

Awards

The MTV Movie Awards is a film awards show presented annually on MTV. Categories Best Movie Best Male Performance Besy Female Performance Most Desirable Male Most Desirable Female Best Breakthrough Performance (Male and Female) Best On-Screen Duo Best Villain Best Comedic Performance Best Song From a Movie (Best musical... The 12th MTV Movie Awards was held on May 31, 2003 in Los Angeles. ... The 12th MTV Movie Awards was held on May 31, 2003 in Los Angeles. ...

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Old School film review (505 words)
What distinguishes Old School is that while it mines familiar ribald frat humour, because its protagonists are three 30 something men who have become ensnared by the trappings of adulthood like wives and children, they bring with them an evolving if underdeveloped sense of decency.
While Beanie is comfortable balancing his arrested development with married life, Mitch is always trying to deny or disown the fraternity, particularly when an old high school crush, Nicole (Ellen Pompeo), re-enters his life.
Old School makes little pretension to be anything other than funny and stupid, which it undoubtedly is. But in addition it shows that although the appeal of returning to our carefree adolescence often looms large, especially as we become burdened by responsibility, when given the opportunity, going back is never quite the same.
Old school - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1007 words)
Old school, variously spelled old skool, oldschool or oldskool, is a slang term referring to an older school of thinking or acting and to old objects in general, within the context of newer, more modern times.
Old school is often interchangeable with the word nostalgic, but practitioners of semantics often define old school as simply something of an earlier period but not necessarily inferior or hopelessly dated.
Old school hip hop, referring to the hip hop music of anywhere from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.
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