37 Years Ago Today: Premiere of Animal House

Animal House appeared in theaters 37 years ago today.

Animal House is one of those movies that I can watch over and over again. I recognize that like many movies of the last 40 years, it’s subversive, albeit subtly so. Like “The Graduate,” “American Beauty,” and many post-1960’s films, it characterizes traditional society and its values as not only square and very unappealing, but even worse, as completely phony, with its advocates, traditional authority figures portrayed as complete hypocrites, racists and reprobates. That was just part of the zeitgeist of the time in which it was made in 1978. (It’s no an accident that Dean Wormer seems very Nixonian in a movie made in the years when the Watergate scandal was still raw.) Unlike those other movies, though, “Animal House” wasn’t on a mission to expose Ward and June Cleaver as contemptible frauds. It was on a mission to be funny. In that, it succeeded very well.

15 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Animal House here.

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