I was lying on the couch tonight watching TV, as I am wont to do, and an advertisement for the newly released on DVD “Accepted” came on. It proclaimed the movie to be “this generation’s ”˜Animal House’.”
First off, there’s only been one “Animal House” and that’s all there ever will be. “Sorority Boys” is not “Animal House;” “Van Wilder” is not “Animal House;” And “PCU,” regardless of the hilarious shenanigans of the irascible Jeremy Piven, is not “Animal House.” “Animal House” ranks right behind “Blazing Saddles” and “Dr. Strangelove” as one of the greatest comedies of all time, so let’s stop comparing sub-par movies to it in a futile attempt to excite movie-goers, shall we?
Secondly, I think it’s time to retire the line “this generation’s,” as in “this generation’s Woodstock; this generation’s Vietnam; or this generation’s Black Plague.” It’s a meaningless phrase used by PR assholes that have no creativity of their own, and therefore they have to look to the past to describe events or objects of the present. Don’t let their inherent stupidity fool you, because as we all know, fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life.