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A comedy classic that owes much to what came before and has provided material for many subsequent comedy bits
on January 15, 2016
To enjoy this movie it is necessary for the viewer to suspend their adulthood and think like a crazed adolescent once again. The action is composed almost solely of extreme slapstick, with stupid piled on stupid. The boys of Delta House all act like irresponsible children, their behavior is that of a band of teenage vandals that somehow managed to get into college and reach the age where they can purchase alcohol.
Produced in 1978, the astute viewer will recognize the influence on many subsequent movies as well as the debt owed to the Three Stooges. Many things are smashed, food and other things are thrown and there are some nasty and destructive practical jokes played. With a few pauses for what is in most cases a love scene, the action is non-stop, at the frenetic pace that episodes of the Three Stooges generally operated at.
The characters generally act at that level as well, the boys of Delta House and the Dean of Students mostly behave as fools, incompetent at almost everything. At the end, this is another story of the downtrodden getting revenge on the people that consider themselves superior, the rule-breakers winning out over those that make and follow the rules. Given the number of rules that adults must follow, this result is one that the viewer can relish and wish over. At some point in their life, every person fantasizes about getting even with someone in (pseudo)authority.