Old School

DreamWorks SKG / The Montecito Picture Company Released 2003




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Movie Summary

Todd Phillips

Three thirty-something friends, Mitch, Frank and Bernard "Beanie" Campbell attempt to relive their college days by participating in an accidental fraternity. This happens when Mitch comes home from a business trip and finds out his girlfriend has been unfaithful. Unwilling to try and fix the relationship, Mitch moves out and subsequently ends up renting a home near his alma mater, Harrison University. His buddies, the recently married Frank and the unhappily married Beanie take advantage of Mitch's bachelor pad and through a big party. The party attracts a huge crowd and as a result the house is quickly turned into a fraternity. The new fraternity draws the attention of Dean Gordon "Cheese" Pritchard. Cheese is familiar with the three friends because they bullied him when they were younger. Bent on getting even, the dean vows to shut the house down. Will the friends be able to continue their partying ways, or will Dean Cheese shut them down?


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    The disconnect between what men say and what they do makes Old School funnier than most of its gags and it also invests the movie with curious pathos.

  • 60

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    This year's kinder, gentler "Animal House."

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Like a half-empty glass of Coke that's been sitting out for a couple of days; sure, it looks like cola, but one sip tells you exactly what's missing.

Luke Wilson

Luke Wilson

Mitch Martin

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

Frank Ricard

Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn

Bernard 'Beanie' Campbell

Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Piven

Dean Gordon 'Cheese' Pritchard

Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • Production budget - $24,000,000
      Domestic gross - $75,585,093 (39th)
      Worldwide gross - $87,055,349 (62nd)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $102,284,305
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $117,806,243

    • Filming locations:
      Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California
      Eliot House, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
      Glendale, California
      Janss Steps, UCLA, Westwood, Los Angeles, California
      Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California
      Montrose, California
      Murphy Sculpture Garden, UCLA, Westwood, Los Angeles, California
      Palisades High School, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California
      Quality Coffee Shop, Los Angeles, California
      Rialto Theatre, South Pasadena, California
      Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, Pasadena, California
      Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood, Los Angeles, California
      Royce Quad, UCLA, Westwood, Los Angeles, California
      The Ebell of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
      University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

    • Taglines:
      1. All the fun of college, none of the education.
      2. Why do men act like boys? Because they can.

    • Music:
      To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)
      Written by Ryan Adams & David Rawlings
      Performed by Ryan Adams
      Peach Fuzz
      Written by Don Argott
      Performed by PornoSonic
      Written by Dennis DeYoung
      Performed by Dan Finnerty & The Dan Band
      Total Eclipse of the Heart
      Written by Jim Steinman
      Performed by Dan Finnerty & The Dan Band
      Fun Night
      Written & Performed by Andrew W.K.
      Here I Go Again
      Written by David Coverdale & Bernie Marsden
      Performed by Whitesnake
      Clowning Around
      Written by Steve Bauman, Robert Riley Wood & Ron Finn
      Performed by Sharkfinn
      Papered Up
      Written by Snoop Dogg, Franne Golde, Dennis Lambert, Duane Hitchings, Eric B. & 'Rakim (I)'
      Performed by Snoop Dogg
      Ain't No Sunshine
      Written & Performed by Bill Withers
      Master Of Puppets
      Written by Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich
      Performed by Metallica
      Playground in My Mind
      Written by Lee Pockriss & Paul Vance
      Performed by Clint Holmes
      Hokey Pokey
      Written by Tafft Baker, Larry La Prise & Charles Macak
      Performed by Larry Groce & The Disneyland Children's Sing-Along Chorus
      Hungry Like the Wolf
      Written by Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, Andy Taylor, John Taylor & Roger Taylor
      Performed by Duran Duran
      The Sound of Silence
      Written by Paul Simon
      Performed by Simon & Garfunkel
      The Farmer in the Dell
      Performed by The Countdown Kids
      Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)
      Written by R. Kelly
      Performed by R. Kelly featuring Ronald Isley & Ernie Isley
      Happy Birthday To You
      Written by Mildred J. Hill & Patty S. Hill
      Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
      Written by Freedom Williams & Robert Clivillés
      Performed by The Hit Crew
      Louie Louie
      Written by Richard Berry
      Performed by Black Flag
      Dust in the Wind
      Written by Kerry Livgren
      Chariots of Fire
      Written by Vangelis
      Good Lovin' Gone Bad
      Written by Mick Ralphs
      Performed by Killdozer


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