Old School

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Very politically incorrect; funny for many adults.
  • R
  • 2003
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Nudity and sexual situations.


Very strong frat-house language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking as male bonding, including drinking to excess.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a great deal of very mature and sometimes offensive material. There are homophobic references, a stereotyped Jewish character (wearing a "chai" necklace) shows up for group sex, characters drink to excess, and have casual sex. There are references to group sex and to other activities like wrestling with topless girls covered in KY jelly. There is a "fun" blow-up doll. A group of women hire a man to teach them how to give oral sex and we see them practicing on vegetables. The fraternity is welcoming to men of all races and ages and -- aside from some hazing of the pledges -- the men are all very supportive of each other. One character who seems most bent on abandoning all rules turns down sex with a young woman because he will not cheat on his wife.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byApersonthatdoes... February 22, 2021


Violence 2/5
Sex 4/5
Language 4/5
Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 4/5
Adult Written bySlendyDaMan April 16, 2019


Really funny if you like movies like American pie. Couldn't stop laughing. Nudity, swearing, drinking.
Teen, 14 years old Written byClorox bleach December 11, 2020

Frat house

Good for kids 10 and up.
Teen, 15 years old Written byia1746 May 15, 2020

Same as Anchorman - funny at times but not too funny

Old School is a Will Ferrell comedy that’s on the same laugh level as Anchorman, being funny at times but not that funny. Yes - the good moments are fairly infr... Continue reading

What's the story?

Think of OLD SCHOOL as the reunion of the gang from Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds. Three 30-year-old men, feeling squashed by responsibilities, end up turning a house into a fraternity with all of the fun of torturing pledges, throwing wild parties, and essentially relinquishing all trappings of civilization.

Is it any good?

After a long, long series of gross-out slob would-be comedies that thought it was enough to be disgusting, it is a relief if not always a pleasure to see one that has some very funny moments. Yes, it is morally bankrupt and completely politically incorrect. But what can I say, I laughed.

In even the best of this genre, there is about a five-to-one joke ratio of failures to successes. It really isn't very funny when a character finds out after the fact that the young lady he had sex with while drunk was not just a high school student, but the daughter of his boss; when a character calls out "earmuffs" to his six year old son so that the boy will cover his ears when his father is about to use bad language; when a character's wife asks for a divorce just weeks after their marriage; or when an elderly character is so struck by the sight of slicked-up topless girls waiting to wrestle him that he keels over dead. But over and over, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn throw themselves so completely into the material that they make it work much more often than it deserves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether people need to feel that their responsibilities are suffocating when they become adults.

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