National Lampoon's Animal House is widely considered one of the best comedies of the '70s, and in 2008, Empire magazine went so far as to call it one of "The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time." There's only one issue with that: Animal House is actually bad. It's really bad. In fact, Animal House sucks. It's one of those fondly remembered comedy movies that are actually awful, like Mrs. Doubtfire, My Best Friend's Wedding, or The Goonies, and there's a ton of evidence to support that.
Animal House is the story of the Delta Tau Chi house of Faber College, a fraternity full of alcoholic narcissists who do almost literally nothing but drink and vomit, and are painted as heroes for it. Meanwhile, the "evil" Dean is trying to shut them down, simply because they're a clear and present danger to his school and students. Animal House is wildly sexist, racist, and homophobic. It is a celebration of terrible human beings committing unspeakable acts under the guise of youthful exuberance.
The "heroes" of Animal House are the furthest thing from heroic there is. Take another watch, and you'll discover everything that is not-so-secretly deeply wrong about this cult classic comedy.
Pinto Grapples With Whether Or Not To Assault A 13-Year-Old
Black Men Are Depicted As Threatening Monsters
Women Are Treated With Total Contempt
There Are No Real-life Consequences
It Celebrates Alcoholism
The Deltas Effectively Force A Pledge To Murder A Horse