Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.
Can you sue yourself for plagiarism? If so, then "Old School" has presented Ivan Reitman with a case. This sloppy, dumb, though occasionally funny comedy is so derivative of "Animal House" that it's like one of those by-the-numbers imitative movies Homer Simpson is so obsessed with. Mr. Reitman, best known as a director ("Ghostbusters"), also produced "Animal House," which itself parodied the conventions of the genre, though it raised the stakes with a kind of ruthless bad taste that was actually refreshing. With "School," the director Todd Phillips has made a sort of de facto comedy sequel to his documentary "Frat House," which won the Sundance 1998 Grand Jury Prize. He comes even closer than Mr. Reitman to stealing from himself. — Elvis Mitchell
2003-02-21 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Old School