This is a reprint of my review which
was published on this blog 2 years ago, with a number of minor revisions. That version of the review can be found here.
National Lampoon's Animal House (USA, 1978)
Directed by John Landis
Starring Jon Belushi, Tim Matheson, Peter Riefert, Karen Allen
When I reviewed Basic Instinct three years ago, I talked about the reputation of erotic thrillers, commenting that they are "often lumped together with horror movies as the stuff that 'sensible', 'reasonable' citizens wouldn't touch with a twenty-foot pole." You could add gross-out comedies to this list of untouchable genres, and you might have a case given the quality of Superbad and its recent counterparts. But just as dismissing all erotic thrillers would prevent us from having fun with Paul Verhoeven, so to dismiss gross-outs outright would lead us to overlook the qualities of the film which created that genre.
Rowan Atkinson's famous ploy in Blackadder Goes Forth.
1941. He's not entirely in control, particularly during the final set-piece, but there are hints in the performance he gets from Belushi of the great work they would do in The Blues Brothers.
Starman or Raiders of the Lost Ark.