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Old School (2003), R
Analysis Date: February 21, 2003
CAP Score: 18
CAP Influence Density: 3.08
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy imdb.com
Production: DreamWorks SKG, Montecito Pictures
Distribution: DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Director(s): Todd Phillips
Producer(s): Paul Deason, Daniel Goldberg, Joe Medjuck, Todd Phillips, Tom Pollock
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Court Crandall; Todd Phillips; Scot Armstrong. Screeplay: Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong
Cinematography/Camera: Mark Irwin
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Film Editing: Michael Jablow
Casting: Joseph Middleton
Production Design: Clark Hunter
Art Direction: Max Biscoe
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
I do not want to believe that DreamWorks would get connected with such "entertainment" as Old School which is even a step down from "Animal House" (for the 30-somethings), but seeing is believing. Old School is the wrong kind of education and in no way represents the actual ethics and values of the traditional "old school" education. No one should attend this "school", 17 or otherwise. I am no longer as happy with you, Steven. For those who do not know, "SKG" in "DreamWorks SKG are the last-name initials for Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenburg and David Geffen.
Old School is not how college life is or is supposed to be. People who watch these genre of films who have not gone to college or have not yet gotten there will not have the slightest idea how it really is. Hard Work. Dedication. Sacrifice. Perseverance. There certainly are some shenanigans such as in Old School that go on in college, but soon the participants are made to understand in no uncertain therms that there is a price to pay for such licentious behavior. In more ways than one. Expensively.
Successful and comfortable real estate lawyer Mitch Martin (Luke Wilson) arrives home earlier than his shack-up girlfriend had expected [1Cor. 7:2]. And her expectations of life were the downfall of their relationship. Mitch caught her in a group sex with at least three people and one knocking on the door for his share [1Cor. 6:9-10]. Her racy lifestyle makes her hungry for group sex with strangers [Gen. 34:7]. That is not his kind of fun and he moves out to a small but quaint house near a local college. A quiet abode where Mitch can sort things out and reconstruct his feelings. Along with Mitch went Frank (Will Ferrell) and Beanie (Vince Vaughn). Beanie and Frank did not want to spend their moments away from their "commitments" in quiet reflection. They wanted to P-A-R-T-Y [Rom. 13:13]. Frank and Beanie think a gala party will cheer up Mitch. So they throw a massive kegger party in which a few unmentionable behaviors are performed. One of the unmentionables is adult sex with a minor child [Luke 17:2].
Such revelry.captures the attention of Dean Pritchard (IMDb does not give his name) who just so happens to be a victim of Mitch, Frank and Beanie's tormenting as a child. Now comes an opportunity to get even [Rom. 12:19]. The house Mitch is living in is zoned on college property and Pritchard uses that leverage to try to kick the trio out. The house must be used for official college-related activities such as organizations or students. Well, now! Mitch, being a real estate lawyer finds a way to make the house into a fraternity house. The only problem is that none of the trio were students. So, Mitch, Beanie and Frank go out and kidnap a gaggle of men to form the fraternity, only a few of which were college students.
One of the initiation rites was to test team trust, much like the Ropes training I attended where a participant is to face away from the edge of a ledge about six feet off the ground with his arms crossed and eyes closed then fall backwards into the waiting arms of a number of teammates. In this "class" the teammates were lined up atop a wall, nude from the waste down with shirt tails hiding their immodesty, with one end of a rope tied to a cinder block in their hands and the other end tied to their privates. The object of the initiation was to determine whether the inductees could trust the organizers to have made the rope long enough when the cinder block to be thrown down hits the ground. That is the caliber of this "entertainment." By the way, one of the ropes is not long enough. There is a great deal more to the sexual immorality and other ignominy of this enemy of God's Will for us. It is another perfect example of the truth in Ps. 12:8 and Jude 4 and will remain so as long as "enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it."
Please at least read the listing of findings in the Findings/Scoring section before you contemplate setting yourself down before this vileness. You'd be wiser to donate the admission costs to a worthy ministry, but that's just my opinion. Whether you watch or let your kids watch this movie (as several parents did when I saw it) is your call. We just tell you what is there so you can make an informed decision whether a film is fit for your family and apply His Word to some of the behaviors.
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|"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|