When Mitch (Luke Wilson – Vacancy, The Family Stone) returns home from a business trip only to find his wife, Heidi (Juliette Lewis – Catch and Release, Kalifornia) involved in a kinky threesome he knows it's time to move on. Renting a house near a college seems like a good idea until the college decides to take back the land it is on to use it for their own academic purposes.
Mitch's fellow loser thirtysomething friends, Beanie (Vince Vaughn – The Break-Up, Fred Claus) and Frank (Will Ferrell – Bewitched, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), start spending all their time at the house in a pathetic attempt to relive their own college years. This goes on despite the fact that both Frank and Beanie are married. Soon the frat house becomes known campus-wide as the party place. This angers a dean at the college, Mr. Pritchard (Jeremy Priven – from television's Entourage), who was someone that the three friends teased mercilessly when they were at school together. To get around this Mitch allows his friend to talk him into forming his own fraternity. They start collecting pledges for frat members and set up Mitch's house as the headquarters. Mitch is none too thrilled with the idea as he is trying to impress a divorcee, Nicole (Ellen Pompeo – from television's Gray's Anatomy), who is not all that thrilled with his choice in friends.
Now as you might suspect from the synopsis of the film there is not much meat to those old bones. The story is a little thin. But the lack of story is made up for by the chemistry that the three males leads have and the energy they bring to their roles. You really believe that they are just three crazy friends having a good time. Most will find this brand of humour funny and it did really well at the box office. I think people saw it as this generation's "Animal House".
One thing that people buying/renting this version will be disappointed with is the lack of difference from the regular version. There are maybe one or two topless scenes that did not make it into the theatre version.
– Old School Orientation
– Inside the Actors Studio Spoof
– Outtakes & Bloopers
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spots