So I have a Running List that I simply refer to as “The List”
I call it such because it includes certain movies or TV series. I used to take these movies for a few great reasons. I would take them to watch them and laugh. I would enjoy watching them. And I would use them to frame discussion.
Last night, I discovered a new movie to add to that list: Neighbors.
For those who have not seen it, the movie is from Seth Rogen. In short, it is about a fraternity moving in next door to a young couple with a baby. The movie proceeds to follow the ridiculous antics of the couple and the fraternity as they butt heads over noise regulations and general chaos.
The movie is a rather ridiculous portrayal of fraternity life as it really highlights the trouble that fraternities cause. The fraternity throws nightly parties and harass the couple to a positively absurd point. The couple responds by doing everything in their power to get the fraternity in trouble. Both groups are ridiculous. Then there is Lisa Kudrow as the Dean. As someone going into higher education, the general chaotic way these individuals are generally portrayed are incredible oversimplifications. Then again, this entire movie is exactly that. That is why it is so funny.
Of course the movie does have its positive points…the 30 seconds of the fraternity doing good deeds for the community, the couple looking out for their daughter, the love the couple has, and the brotherhood of one brother looking out for his other brothers (although by covering up for their mistakes, that can also be a negative view).
So back to my list. This list includes movies such as Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, School Daze, and Old School, as well as TV Series such as GREEK and Glory Daze. Each of these generally portray the worst of fraternity life, yet we laugh and enjoy them. I love using that. They are great discussion points for a fraternity to have. Sit down with your brothers and watch Animal House sometime. After a good laugh from one of the parties or any of their other ridiculous antics, stop the movie. Look at your brothers and ask them why it is funny. Really dig deep and figure out why these films tickle our funny bone.
And if that is a discussion that your fraternity is not mature enough to have….well then