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?


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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


    Juliette Lewis

    Juliette Lewis


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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:
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        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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