Animal House Movie Poster
  • Released
  • July 28, 1979
  • R, 1 hr 49 min
  • Comedy
  • 2,097 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that National Lampoon's Animal House is the classic 1978 comedy about a hedonistic college fraternity circa 1962. Some of the comedy glorifies underage binge drinking, casual sex with minors and married women, and the sex-at-all-costs mentality that, in light of so many reports of campus rape and college students dying from binge drinking, hasn't aged well. It's also the movie that basically launched the "college party" movies of the '80s and beyond -- movies that also glorified sex without consequence, binge drinking, and other over-the-top misbehavior that took all of the content without any of Animal House's comments on repressive authority on the verge of leading youth into the Vietnam War. Frequent profanity, including "f--k." Reckless, drunken driving. Fistfights. Some female nudity -- breasts, buttocks. Bluto looks up the skirts of some cheerleaders and watches shirtless women have a pillow fight.

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