Frat Flicks for Rush Week

The Lambdas have some films to discuss with you.
The Lambdas have some films to discuss with you.

Rush Week is upon us. Did you hear me? Rush Week.

While some of you are responding with, "What the hell is Rush Week?" others are either cringing in fear or donning facial expressions of apathy and disinterest without even trying. No matter your response to fraternities (school-sanctioned or otherwise), you dig on the fine films that can, or once did, help with procrastination of mid-term studies and roommate irritation.

Even though I was not in a fraternity in college, I did major in film and have watched a lot of movies about fraternities ... so, I'm pretty much an expert.

Turn your hats backwards, bros, and assume the position, because here's the top frat-themed flicks to get you ready to rush!

Frat Flicks for Rush Week

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National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) Any list about college movies in general begins and ends with Animal House! Just peak your head in any dorm room on any campus and you'll likely catch a glimpse of Belushi in his iconic COLLEGE sweatshirt (also a university staple) downing a bottle of Jack as the star spangled flag waves behind him. It doesn't get any more American than that and it doesn't get anymore collegiate or fraternal than Animal House.

Fun Frat Fact: Animal House would lead you to believe that toga parties were all the ragers with fraternities back in the day but, in actuality, they were pretty much unheard of before the film's release. When Animal House hit theaters in 1978, it kicked-off the now-customary frat party theme.

Frat Flicks for Rush Week

Revenge of the Nerds (1984) Perfectly billed as a double feature with Animal House, Nerds is another collegiate classic. What happens when you're not cool enough for school to join a fraternity? You start your own! And then proceed to belittle those douchers by showing 'em your smart stuff in the Geek Games...er...Greek Games with a electronic musical performance that seems like something from a Michel Gondry-directed Daft Punk video.


Frat Flicks for Rush Week

Old School (2003) The film that made all of us want to go back to college and join a fraternity, no matter if we were 27 or 97 and had never been in one in the first place. Also the film that simultaneously redefined posterior male nudity (thanks, Will Ferrell) and Kansas' "Dust in the Wind" (thanks again, Will Ferrell).

Fun Frat Fact: It was unforeseen at the time but it's important to note that this film marked the beginning of what would soon become known as Will Ferrell's ascendance to supremacy as a leading man in both the comedic film world and as a national hero for fraternity members on college campuses across America. Frank Ricard became the new John Blutarsky as "You're my boy, Blue!" jettisoned its way to being the mantra for bros everywhere.

Frat Flicks for Rush Week

PCU (1994) If you've never seen this college classic, then you've obviously never watched Comedy Central on a Saturday afternoon, as PCU is in regular rotation as a staple in the network's go-to daytime programming. It's like the A Christmas Story of frat flicks. It's also Jeremy Piven's claim to fame pre-Entourage, not to mention the antithesis to his role in the aforementioned Old School. And as you may remember, PCU co-starred a dreaded Jon Favreau, who made his triumphant return to university-based films co-starring in 1993's Rudy the year prior.

Fun Frat Fact: I could be wrong, but PCU could quite possibly be the first film to acknowledge on celluloid the age-old rule of not wearing the t-shirt of the band you're going to see. Jeremy Piven's Droz: "What's this? You're wearing the shirt of the band you're going to see? Don't be that guy." Words that many of us lived by in our college years and still do to this day.



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