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Old School (2003)

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Old School (2003)


Luke Wilson
Vince Vaughn
Will Ferrell

Directed by Todd Philips

First I will like to say this, if anyone says you will not enjoy Old School there are lying, because I did and I know you will too. The movie had Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell at their best, the script was not flaky nor weak. It was just a bogus attempt to be real, an attempt I applaud.

I guess there are things you better leave to memory. In your head they remain something you worship, way back in 2003. Seeing Old School again, made me wonder what made me rate this movie so high in the first place, the movie did have the jokes, I enjoyed the script and Will Ferrell was funny back then, but the movie was not as great a comedy flick like I remembered.

I stand to say, I must have been naïve back then to have thought of this movie to be one of the funniest I have seen Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell or Luke Wilson in, but not withstanding the movie is good enough to be rated a 6/10. The movie had cool scenes, and it brings out the best in the actors.

For me Old School is about how 3 men facing midlife crises, handled their lives, so as not to self-destruct.
One of the men was Bernard (Vince Vaughn) and he is feeling trapped in his marriage, but wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize his family or marriage. Another was Frank (Will Ferrell) and he just got married and couldn’t believe the amount of things he has to compromise to be married and remain married. The last man Mitch (Luke Wilson) got any early flight home to surprise his girlfriend whom he lives with, when he was surprised to find her involved with other people (emphasize on the “people”).

Mitch got an apartment near a campus, and Bernard decided to turn the apartment to a den where the guys can get away from their lives and be free. The whole idea and partying got the dean of the campus’ interest. The dean happened to be an old acquaintance of the trio whom they ridiculed in high school. He decided to make things difficult for the guys, forcing them to turn their den into a fraternity, and had to do everything to defend its existence and keep its members happy and fulfilled.

The movie was a box office success making more than 3 times its production cost and almost had a second part, but we were saved from seeing it by Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn declining to be in it. Here is an old movie I will say I saw and liked.


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