The rather limited plot is merely a reason to string together a hit list of standout scenes from the horses heart attack, to the canteen bun fight, and the infamous toga party. The humour is sometimes subtle and often gross, but always funny. It uses many of the techniques employed by the Zucker brothers, with a scene often having several gags going on at once, a verbal witticism, a double entendre, a sight gag, fertile ground for repeat viewings, and eminently quotable lines (“Someone has to put their foot down, and that foot is me!”). Full of youthful actors who are now well established stars such as Karen Allen, Kevin Bacon, Tom Hulce and Bruce McGill. Donald Sutherland cameos as a dope smoking college lecturer, brought on board to quell the fears of studio execs that thought a big name was needed to attract audiences. Nevertheless John Belushi steals every scene, and ultimately the whole movie as a vehicle for his own anarchic, irreverent, anti-establishment humour. Credo should also go to John Vernon who as Dean Wormer, has some of the best lines, and delivers them with a sneering malevolence, with a hint of incompetence. Superb!
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