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THE MOVIE: Old School

Vince Vaughn • Will Ferrell • Luke Wilson
DIRECTOR: Todd Phillips

The new good old days THE CONCEPT:
A raucous comedy about a trio of thirtysomething buddies who try to recapture the outrageous, irrepressible fun of their college years by starting their own off-campus fraternity – as the ad for the movie states, ‘All the fun of college, none of the education.’

U.S. RELEASE: February 21 2003, Nationwide
• Rated: R


“Vince was the guy I wanted from day one [to do this film]. I think he’s one of the funniest actors around, which has gone pretty much untapped, at least in the mainstream. Once we had Vince, I thought it would be amazing if we could get Will and Luke, and it all just fell into place. I feel very lucky. These guys all come from different places and their comedy is different, too, but the chemistry was just perfect.”

“Mitch is this by-the-book real estate lawyer, maybe slightly uptight. In the beginning of the movie, he’s about to propose to his girlfriend until he comes home early from a business meeting to find she’s been unfaithful to him – to put it kindly. He moves out and gets this house right off campus. That’s when his two best friends, Beanie and Frank, encourage Mitch to start his own fraternity and everything gets rolling from there. I guess you could say that Mitch remains the voice of reason; he’s the guy who’s got his finger in the dam even while it’s coming down around him.”

“What I thought was cool about the script for this film was that all relationships between the guys and the girls were universal. Am I ready to be married? Am I not? I’m married but am I missing out on having fun? To me, I responded to the fact that it was based in reality. I think what separates this movie in my opinion from a lot of big comedies that have scenes that may be effective, is you can see what’s at stake for the characters. That’s why this particular script, and the fact that these guys are involved, made me interested in doing it.”

WILL FERRELL on the dramatic moments in the movie:
“I definitely think that those moments are what make this movie different. It’s kind of what attracted the three of us to the material in the first place, that there was a little more behind the characters than just going from one funny scene to the other.”

“I grew up watching Animal House. My dad was in a fraternity back in the 1950s and they sound really fun back then. They sound nowadays like they can get a little heavy duty in terms of the hazing and the drinking. I like the idea of a big house where you have a group of friends and you have parties there and it’s laid back. I’m not so much into the idea of being made to do a bunch of insane stuff just so I can have the privilege of hanging around certain people. Either you’re friends with somebody or you’re not.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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