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CAMBRIDGE, MA - JUNE 4: Actor Will Ferrell, of Saturday Night Live and the recent movie "Old School", gives graduating Harvard students a laugh as he funnels a beer during the Class Day ceremonies at Harvard University June 4, 2003 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ferrell delivered the Class Day commencement speech where he parodied President Bush among others. (Photo by Douglas McFadd/Getty Images)

Dear Vulture writer, Brian Boone, we appreciate that you wrote an article ranking The 25 Best College Comedies of All Time. But you got it very wrong.

Yes, it’s your opinion against ours, but we can’t imagine a world where Animal House isn’t #1.  It’s the Citizen Kane of college comedies. It may be dated, and it may not be as popular as it once was, but it is the O.G. college comedy.

Animal House set the bar for collegiate movies. All but one of the movies on the list was inspired in one way or another by that film. For generations, every dorm room had that poster on the wall and every frat guy owned a “COLLEGE” t-shirt.

That fandom may have faded over time, but it also has never existed for any other movie on this list like it did for Animal House.

We break down the list from Vulture and added a bunch at the bottom that are missing.

  • 25. Drumline (2002)

    Good movie, but we can think of a bunch of movies that are a lot funnier than this one. 25 of them at least.

    Readers, please don’t get turned away by this awkward opening. The list does get a lot better, it also gets a lot worse.

  • 24. Van Wilder (2002)

    Now we’re on track. The unofficial Bert Kreischer biopic is comedy gold. Plus it was our introduction to Ryan Reynolds.

    It should probably be ranked higher though.

  • 23. PCU (1994)

    A classic. It breaks down the college stereotypes perfectly. It makes fun of itself while also being enlightening. It has an all star cast. It’s hilarious. And, it ends with a full on George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic concert.

  • 22. Accepted (2006)

    Funny movie. Good soundtrack. Solid cast. We’re okay with this placement.

  • 21. Back to School (1986)


  • 20. Horse Feathers (1932)

    WTF? Only one member of out six person show has seen this. It’s a Marx Brothers movie. He says that it’s good, but he is confused by its inclusion on the list.

  • 19. The Waterboy (1998)

    A great comedic film. Henry Winkler plays a great part, but Jerry Reed adds another dimension to make this a top twenty college comedy.

  • 18. Starter for 10 (2006)

    The writer has this film listed as a laid-back comedy that includes every British actor that you love. First off, James McAvoy is Scottish. He’s one of Philadelphia’s adopted sons. We love him, but we’ve never heard of this movie.

  • 17. Pitch Perfect (2012)

    A nearly perfect film with perfect placement on the list.

  • 16. The House Bunny (2008)

    This one is a guilty pleasure. The cast incluldes a bunch of un incomers who went on to make a big name for themselves.

    It’s a little too high on the list for us.

  • 15. Life of the Party (2018)

    This film is best described as female-Back to School starring Melissa McCarthy. The ranking is very wrong.

  • 14. How High (2001)

    Okay, not everyone on our crew has seen this, but those who have love it. The movie is funny, a little outrageous, but it definitely checks all the boxes to end up on this list. Maybe a little higher though (sorry for the pun).

  • 13. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

    Very underrated movie. Good writing, a loosely related college version of Dazed and Confused, but literally no one saw it. How can it be ranked as one of the “all time greatest”?

  • 12. School Daze (1988)

    Fabulous movie, but is it a comedy?

  • 11. Neighbors (2014)

    Good junk food movie. Very funny, has a good plot. We can sign off on this one.

  • 10. Damsels in Distress

    We know nothing about this movie. Six pop-culture-obsessed people have never even heard of the title. No way it can be a G.O.A.T.

  • 9. 22 Jump Street (2014)

    Casey’s son’s friend thinks that this is the greatest college comedy of all time. The friend is in 10th grade. He has never seen Animal House.

    That’s all we have to say about that.

  • 8. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

    Now you’re speaking our language. Dare we say, this movie is groundbreaking? It completely flipped the nerd stereotype on its head and allowed the geeks to be the victors! It was the first successful college comedy after Animal House.

  • 7. Animal House (1978)

    Only #7? This is THE college movie. Every comedy that has come out after 1978 pays homage to this movie. It should be #1.

  • 6. Real Genius (1985)

    We love this movie. From beginning to end, it’s great. Even with the nerd element, they work a bullying storyline into the movie to complete the vibe.

  • 5. Monsters University (2013)

    This doesn’t sit well. It’s a good movie, but Monsters Inc was so much better. How can this rank so high?

  • 4. Old School (2003)

    Yup. Great freaking movie. But how can it rank higher than Animal House?

  • 3. Dear White People (2014)

    The writers synopsis has us intrigued by this movie: Writer/director Justin Simien made a layered, masterful comedy about racial politics and identity issues on a college campus, that also presaged what would play out in various ugly and shocking ways in the real world post-2016. Dear White People centers around the lead-up and response to a club’s astonishingly insensitive “blackface” party. And the college is already hypersensitive (if not combative) to such things because of a college radio show called “Dear White People” in which a host (played by the now-ubiquitous Tessa Thompson) deftly skewers white people for cultural appropriation. This film is equal parts satisfying, heartbreaking, and hilarious. But, having never seen it, we can’t make a fair comment.

  • 2. Wonder Boys (2000)

    It’s a cute, nice movie, there’s nothing wrong with it, but #2?

  • 1. Legally Blonde (2001)


  • Movies that were left off the list:

    Here’s everything that we thought of after reading the list. Some are comedies, some are not, but since the list throws everything out the window anyway, we’re just leaving them all here in no particular order:

    • Road Trip
    • Orange County
    • Dead Man on Campus
    • Good Will Hunting
    • Rudy
    • The Social Network
    • The Paper Chase (okay, this is law school)
    • Slackers
    • Sculls
    • Blue Chips
    • The Program
    • Happy Death Day
    • Fandango
    • Loser
    • The Freshman
    • EuroTrip
    • We Are Marshall
    • Necessary Roughness
    • Urban Legends
    • With Honors

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