Satire: National Lampoon’s Animal House

Film to watch is National Lampoon’s Animal House a 1978 American comedy film about a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the authority of the dean of Faber College. Animal House received generally mixed reviews from critics, but Time and Roger Ebert proclaimed it one of the year’s best. Filmed for only $2.8 million, it is one of the most profitable movies in history, garnering an estimated gross of more than $141 million in the form of theatrical rentals and home video, not including merchandising. The film was largely responsible for defining and launching the gross-out film genre, which became one of Hollywood’s staples. As of 2017, it was considered by many fans and critics as one of the greatest comedy films ever made. In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed Animal House “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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