National Lampoon's Animal House | Chicago Reader

National Lampoon's Animal House

I probably laughed harder at this 1978 collection of college slapstick sketches than I ever have at a film I didn't really like. Which is to say that while the low comedy is undeniably effective, the film leaves behind a bad taste of snobbery and petty meanness. In the world of the National Lampoon, humanity is divided into two groups: Us and the Assholes. And guess what—we win! John Landis directed; with John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Tom Hulce, Peter Riegert, Stephen Furst, Karen Allen, and Donald Sutherland.



  • John Landis


  • John Belushi
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Karen Allen
  • Tim Matheson
  • John Vernon
  • Verna Bloom
  • Tom Hulce
  • Cesare Danova
  • Peter Riegert
  • Stephen Furst
  • Sarah Holcomb
  • Bruce McGill
  • Martha Smith
  • Mary Louise Weller
  • James Daughton
  • Mark Metcalf
  • James Widdoes


  • Ivan Reitman
  • Matty Simmons

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