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Old School Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Under Reitman's deanship, Ferrell lets his freak flag fly and Vaughn unlooses a notably funny, light-on-his-feet lunkheadedness.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Old School is exactly what director Todd Phillips intends for it to be: low-brow, moronic to a fault, and occasionally side-splittingly funny.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    In lieu of a toga party, one scene treats us to an octogenarian fraternity member wrestling two topless townie lookers slathered in KY Gel. Hey, there's no stopping progress.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Very politically incorrect; funny for many adults.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a great deal of very mature and sometimes offensive material. There are homophobic references, a stereotyped Jewish character (wearing a "chai" necklace) shows up for group sex, characters drink to excess, and have casual sex. There are references to group sex and to other activities like wrestling with topless girls covered in KY jelly. There is a "fun" blow-up doll. A group of women hire a man to teach them how to give oral sex and we see them practicing on vegetables. The fraternity is welcoming to men of all races and ages and -- aside from some hazing of the pledges -- the men are all very supportive of each other. One character who seems most bent on abandoning all rules turns down sex with a young woman because he will not cheat on his wife.

  • Families can talk about whether people need to feel that their responsibilities are suffocating when they become adults.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false4

    Sex: Nudity and sexual situations.

  • language false4

    Language: Very strong frat-house language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking as male bonding, including drinking to excess.