The teen comedy genre has gone south, as seen by the volumes of crap that have come out in recent years. Yes, I am a college student, and yes, I enjoy the good teen comedies as much as the next guy, but let's face it: there hasn't been anything really good since "American Pie 2."
Enter "Old School." This lovely little movie does the exact opposite of what its lousy predecessors have been doing: One, it does not have a no-name cast. In fact, the likes of Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn should catch people's attention, and their presence is probably the reason why "Old School" is making so much money. Two, "Old School" does not rely on over-the-top gross out scenes to get its laughs. Sure, it has the typical teen antics, but avoids the absolutely disgusting jokes that get old after a while.
That being said, is "Old School" that different from other teen comedies? No, not really. It has some nudity, it has its big party scene, and it has all of the other workings of a good teen comedy, but the difference is in the cast. Will Ferrell is funny as ever as Frank, a recently-married man that is realizing he still hasn't grown out of his fun-loving college stage. Luke Wilson does another good job as the more moderate and skeptical friend, while Vince Vaughn turns in a great performance as the wisecracking know-it-all. The three men have different styles of comedy, but they all work perfectly together, and the result is a funny hit.
There are a few slower parts, especially towards the beginning, and some of the jokes just seemed rushed, but for the most part, "Old School" is laugh-out-loud funny. It has the perfect length of 90 minutes, stopping just at the right time.
"Old School" isn't the best movie out there, but it has plenty of jokes that should entertain anyone. For a mindless comedy, it is quite refreshing.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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