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Sunday, March 07, 2004



OLD SCHOOL

Directed by Todd Phillips
Written by Scot Armstrong, Court Crandall, Todd Phillips
Review by Mil Peliculas

Uh...I WAS a bit excited when I found out that Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson were set to star in the new remake of Starsky and Hutch, backed up by Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear. Well, I have fallen into the "post credit blues." That's a phenomenon that occurs with us movie geeks when we get real excited, then we find out who the brains behind the operation are. It happened with Pearl Harbor...ooh, that looks pretty coo--AHHH! Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay! Oh crap. Anyway I have that feeling with Starsky and Hutch now, because the barely talented jackasses behind Old School are at its helm.

I don't have much to say about Old School. The razor thin plot involves Luke Wilson and his friends (Will Farrell and Vince Vaughn) who, in order to keep the house that Wilson has rented near a college campus, start a fraternity. I admit, there are 4 or 5 funny bits, none of which involve the intensely boring Luke Wilson character. The only reasons to stick around are Vince Vaughn and Will Farrell. This one suffers from one of the ailments that afflicted Road Trip (written by the same guys), namely a completely useless hero, whose friends are much more entertaining than he is. Not to bag on Luke Wilson, who I do like, just not in this snoozer.

By the time the ending rolls around, you really just want out. Let me leave you with one simple equation to remember this one with:

Animal House - laughs = Old School.