Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 2003. DreamWorks, The Montecito Picture Company. Story by Court Crandall, Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong, Screenplay by Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong. Cinematography by Mark Irwin. Produced by Daniel Goldberg, Joe Medjuck, Todd Phillips. Music by Theodore Shapiro. Production Design by Clark Hunter. Costume Design by Nancy Fisher. Film Editing by Michael Jablow.
Luke Wilson stars as a bored traveling businessman who comes home to his girlfriend (Juliette Lewis) only to discover her in an orgy situation with a group of kinky strangers. He decides that the happiest days of his life were back when he was in college, and so sells his house, purchases one on Harvard’s campus and starts a fraternity without actually enrolling in any classes. Best friends Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell are at first perplexed by his sudden retreat into immaturity, but eventually they catch on and even become excellent party organizers for him. Ridiculous stunts like nude streaking and K-Y wrestling occur before a lame ending involving a petty villain (Jeremy Piven) and a weak romantic subplot (Ellen Pompeo). This film would have been a lot more fun if it had just been willing to accept its idiocy and not tried to resolve any kind of plot in its last ten minutes, because it does so very poorly. It has its funny moments, but not enough to justify enduring it.