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Animal House (1978)

2. Animal House (1978)

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The age-old rivalry of the slobby, charming protagonists vs. a fraternity crew of spoiled, despicable WASPs aligned with the similarly-minded Dean became a college movie requisite after John Landis’s Animal House successfully debuted and graduated to cult status.  The characters weren’t the smartest, strongest, fastest, most attractive gents, but they had an undeniable relatability mixed with excellent timing.  For many Americans in their late-teens and early-twenties, college is a crazy warzone of parties, maintaining relationships, finding meals, and surviving vindictive frat bros.  John Belushi stole the show in a supporting role that quickly became cult-status as the shabby, drunken, slow-witted Bluto.

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