In this weeks Versus, we decided to change things up a little bit, and do it Greek style. We have a Frat vs. Frat duel! So we have taken two large groups of young men who took on all odds in their respective movies, placed out of their movie element, and have them go against one another. It’s Lambda Lambda Lambda, (Λ Λ Λ), a.k.a.: the Tri-Lambs (Revenge of the Nerds) against Delta Tau Chi, (Δ Τ Χ), a.k.a.: Delta House (Animal House). Who could ask for better frats to go up against one another? We dare you to try! Here is a little information about each movie, and the fraternities that reside in each!
Lambda Lambda Lambda (Revenge of the Nerds)
Revenge of the Nerds is a 1984 American comedy film about social life on a college campus. The film stars Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards, with Curtis Armstrong, Ted McGinley, Julia Montgomery, Brian Tochi, Larry B. Scott, Michelle Meyrink, John Goodman, and Donald Gibb. The film was directed by Jeff Kanew.
The film’s storyline chronicles a group of nerds trying to stop harassment by the persecuting jock fraternity, the Alpha Betas. Revenge of the Nerds is #91 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies”.
Lambda Lambda Lambda is a national fraternity, historically black, that the nerds send an application to, and is the only one that agrees to consider them (because they did not include a group photo, unlike all the other fraternities that rejected them on that basis). U.N. Jefferson is the president of Lambda Lambda Lambda. He agreed to consider the group on the basis they had no chapter at Adams College, but when he sees that only one of the nerds is black, he admits a predominantly white group is not the ideal image for Lambda Lambda Lambda. Poindexter says that on the basis of the fraternity code, the nerds must be accepted, as Tri-Lam law says any considered group is awarded an automatic 2-month probationary status. George, U.N. Jefferson’s aide, says that is right, and the group is given temporary membership.
• Robert Carradine as Lewis Skolnick
• Anthony Edwards as Gilbert Lowe
• Timothy Busfield as Arnold Poindexter
• Andrew Cassese as Harold Wormser
• Curtis Armstrong as Dudley “Booger” Dawson
• Brian Tochi as Toshiro Takashi
• Larry B. Scott as Lamar Latrelle
• Michelle Meyrink as Judy
Delta Tau Chi (Animal House)
National Lampoon’s Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film was a direct spin-off from National Lampoon magazine. It is about a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the dean of Faber College.
The screenplay was adapted by Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller, and Harold Ramis from stories written by Miller and published in National Lampoon magazine. The stories were based on Miller’s experiences in the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Dartmouth College. Other influences on the film came from Ramis’ experiences in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, and producer Ivan Reitman’s experiences at Delta Upsilon at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Of the younger lead actors, only John Belushi was an established star, but even he had not yet appeared in a film, having gained fame mainly from his Saturday Night Live television appearances. Several of the actors who were cast as college students, including Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, and Kevin Bacon, were just beginning their film careers, although Tim Matheson had recently appeared as one of the vigilante motorcycle cops in the second Dirty Harry film, Magnum Force.
Upon its initial release, Animal House received generally mixed reviews from critics, but Time and Roger Ebert proclaimed it one of the year’s best. Filmed for $2.8 million, it is one of the most profitable movies of all time, garnering an estimated gross of more than $141 million in the form of theatrical rentals and home video, not including merchandising.
The film, along with 1977’s The Kentucky Fried Movie, also directed by Landis, was largely responsible for defining and launching the gross-out genre of films, which became one of Hollywood’s staples. It is also now considered one of the greatest comedy films ever made by many fans and critics. In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed Animal House “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was No. 1 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies”. It was No. 36 on AFI’s “100 Years… 100 Laughs” list of the 100 best American comedies. In 2008, Empire magazine selected it as one of “The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time”.
• John Belushi as John “Bluto” Blutarsky: A drunken degenerate with his own style, in his seventh year of college, with a GPA of 0.0. The film epilogue reveals that he eventually became a United States senator.
• Tim Matheson as Eric “Otter” Stratton: A confident womanizer whose room is a pristine seduction den amid the sheer filth of the rest of the Delta house. Otter is the fraternity’s rush chairman and essentially the fraternity’s unofficial leader. After graduation from Faber in 1963, he became a gynecologist in Beverly Hills.
• Peter Riegert as Donald “Boon” Schoenstein: Otter’s nice-guy best friend, who has to decide between his Delta pals and girlfriend Katy. He marries Katy in 1964, but they divorce in 1969. In the book adaptation, Boon becomes a taxi driver and part-time writer in New York City. In “Where Are They Now?”, he and Katy got married, divorced, and remarried a final time after a fling resulted in the conception of their son Otis; he also works as a documentarian.
• Thomas Hulce as Lawrence “Pinto” Kroger: A shy but friendly guy and new pledge at Delta with a 1.2 GPA. After graduating from Faber in 1966, he became the editor of National Lampoon magazine. “Pinto” was screenwriter Chris Miller’s nickname at his Dartmouth fraternity.
• Stephen Furst as Kent “Flounder” Dorfman: An overweight, naive, clumsy legacy pledge who is Pinto’s best friend and roommate with a GPA of 0.2. After graduating from Faber in 1966, he became a sensitivity trainer in Cleveland, Ohio.
• Bruce McGill as Daniel Simpson “D-Day” Day: A tough motorcycle biker with no grade point average; all classes incomplete. After graduation from Faber in 1963, his whereabouts are unknown.
• James Widdoes as Robert Hoover: The affable, level-headed, reasonably clean-cut president of the fraternity, who desperately struggles to maintain a façade of normality to placate the Dean. He is at the top of his fraternity with a 1.6 grade point average with 4 C’s and one F. After graduating from Faber in 1963, he became a public defender in Baltimore.
• Douglas Kenney as “Stork”: a Delta member whose real name is never revealed. He is often seen in the background alongside Bluto and other Deltas. During his first year, Stork was thought to be brain-damaged; he speaks two lines in the entire film. In the book adaptation, Stork is revealed to be independently wealthy as a result of several patents he holds.
With all that was said who would you choose as the better Frat? Lambda Lambda Lambda (Λ Λ Λ), or Delta Tau Chi (Δ Τ Χ)? We want to know what your thoughts are; so write them below and don’t forget to vote! It’s important that your voice is heard! Do you want to hear more about the debate? Well, now you can you can listen, or download our podcast. Go to podcastunlimited.com and look in our archive section for episode #75. It can be found after the movie review!