Old School (2003)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
I wasn’t impressed.

This film was selected from ‘The 250’

You know, I hear all the time about how bad of an actor Will Ferrell is, and how typecast he tends to be. That in his glory days, he actually made decent movies, but nowadays it’s nothing special. I could be mistaken, but I believe Old School is one of the movies people actually like of his. Now, I’m not entirely sure if it’s just because it’s one of his older movies, or if it’s because it’s not about sports, but you guys – the movie isn’t that great. In fact, out of all of his films I’ve actually seen in my lifetime…which is a lot…this is near the bottom of the list.

The story itself revolves around three middle-aged guys that are…going through a midlife crisis…or something. Each one has some unnecessary drama going on in their life, and to escape it, they decide to open up a fraternity for pretty much anyone, including all ages and people that don’t actually go to the school. When the dean of Harrison University finds out about this joke, he becomes the antagonist of the film, doing everything in his power to shut them down.

Okay, I have to say that the concept alone is pretty fresh, but it’s nothing that I would ever really ask for, because even though the concept is fresh, the presentation has been done way too many times. What’s the presentation? It’s the whole…man child element, which you have both Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn to double that element. Of course Luke Wilson tries his best to ground it from being too over-the-top, but for whatever reason, it still just blends in with every other manchild film. I guess I can see the appeal to those that actually like it, but I’m having real trouble seeing what’s actually special about it.

The plot is really lacking. It had a protagonist and antagonist, which was good, but the plot part of the movie doesn’t really even kick in until the tail end of the film. The rest is just filled with things they think is funny, in which…I honestly didn’t. There was one scene, maybe two in which I lightly chuckled, but the rest I didn’t find that impressive. I don’t know, maybe I’m the only one. I appreciate a good concept, don’t get me wrong, but that alone doesn’t save a film.

Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, and Vince Vaughn are funny dudes. I will probably watch them in anything, but funny enough, it’s the movie that everyone actually likes that I don’t care for. I’m pretty sure that has to do with having kind of unlikeable characters. Luke Wilson…I feel your character, but Will Ferrell is a recently married guy that acts like an idiot and immediately loses his wife in the name of immaturity while Vince Vaughn despises being married with a child. It’s not that appealing if you ask me. I think that they were going for self-aware comedy, but it just wasn’t funny.

In the end…that’s all I have to say about that.

The Good:

Old School has a genuinely interesting enough concept to watch, led by three funny guys Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, and Vince Vaughn.

The Bad:

The plot is lacking, the execution of the concept is poor, the jokes aren’t that good, the characters aren’t likeable…there just isn’t a whole lot that the film actually has going for it. Man child films may not have gotten as old as they have now, so when it came out it may have still worked…as for nowadays…nahhh.

Memorable Quote:

Frank: All we are is dust in the wind…

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