The American President"? Or more the epitome of male favorites "Die Hard"? Or do I just stick with science fiction like "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"? As good as all those films are (which I'll surely talk about eventually), nothing says "my dad" to me more than National Lampoon's "Animal House."Oh my goodness, what a day today. It almost made me miss my post for the first time ever! And I couldn't miss today's. Why? Because it's Father's Day this Sunday! Which means it's time to talk about a favorite film of both my dad and me. Now, if you're a faithful reader of mine, you already know that my father has been a huge influence in my taste in movies. So to pick just one film to talk about for Father's Day was a difficult choice. Do I go lighthearted romantic comedy with "
Released on July 28, 1978 (less than a month before I was born, I must add), it is a raunchy comedy about the members of a under-achieving, laid-back, but party-hard college fraternity of misfits, known as the Delta House (aka Delta Tau Chi). It stars Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert, Thomas Hulce, Stephen Furst, Karen Allen, and of course, the late, great John Belushi. Directed by John Landis, and written by Chris Miller, Harold Ramis, and Douglas Kenney, it is based on some short stories Miller wrote for National Lampoon magazine about his experiences as a Alpha Delta Phi at Dartmouth College, as well as both Ramis' and Kenney's own college experiences. Thus we got "Animal House" and the start of National Lampoon's venture into film.