Old School is a 2003 comedy about a group of men in their 30s trying to relive their college glory days. Tired of their adult lives, the trio decide to start a sorority near their alma mater. The rash escapades have some funny consequences and some important lessons in the end too.
Directed by Todd Phillips, the film is a hard-hitting college comedy with a twist. The relatively distinguished protagonists lend even more comedic panache to their teenage antics, and the light romantic subplot completes the matter. If you enjoyed the turbulent comedy, we have some great suggestions for you. Most of these movies that are similar to Whiplash can be watched on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
7. That’s My Boy (2012)
The film follows a middle-aged alcoholic named Donny as he tries to reconnect with his adult son. What Todd doesn’t know, of course, is that he’s just a cog in his father’s plans to televise their reunion and get rich in the process. Like Old School, this film also follows one disaster after another until a really ridiculous result is reached. Starring Adam Sandler as Donny, the film is packed with hilarious antics and bad decisions.
6. Wedding Crashers (2005)
Fans of Vince Vaughn’s humor will love this film. In Wedding Crashers, he teams up with Owen Wilson to pull off some funny wedding pranks. As the name suggests, this is the story of two divorce mediators who sneak into weddings and cozy up to the celebrations. Not surprisingly, the eponymous Crashers also have a penchant for bridesmaids’ beds. The sidekick antics are lively and strong, as is the comedy. Those who enjoyed watching the trio give up their decent lives for lowly pleasures in Old School will have a blast with Wedding Crashers.
5. Grow Ups (2010)
Another Adam Sandler laughter, Grown Ups follows a group of friends who reunite three decades later after learning of the death of their high school basketball coach. After winning the championship under him, the friends’ reunion quickly descends into a series of chaotic misadventures. Similar to Old School, this comedy follows a group of lifelong friends who reunite many years later and relive their glory days – with hilarious results. Incidentally, Adam Sandler also co-wrote this film.
4. The Hangover (2009)
One of the biggest hard-party movies, The Hangover is literally set in the hazy aftermath of an epic night. A group of friends (or The Wolf Pack) decide to celebrate their friends’ bachelorette party in Las Vegas, only to wake up in the midst of absolute chaos. The film follows the bumbling characters as they try to piece their wild night together with some hilarious revelations. If you like hilarious drunken antics and creatively comical outcomes, The Hangover should be at the top of your list! And when you’re done with that, you’re ready to jump into the equally chaotic sequel!
3. Accepted (2006)
Steve Pink’s directorial debut, Accepted, has a simple but comedic rich plot and executes it brilliantly. A group of high school graduates decide to open their own fake college after being rejected by the institutions they applied to. Set in a fictional college town, the film follows the characters’ hilarious pranks and the inevitable comic consequences that result. The similarities to Old School are numerous, most notably the aspect that a group of friends set up a bogus institution to emulate wild college life. Jonah Hill and Justice Long are particularly memorable in their roles as Bartleby and Sherman, and it’s particularly entertaining to watch the young versions of the comedic actors.
2. American Wedding (2003)
American Wedding is part of one of the biggest film series dealing with the misadventures of a group of friends. Although the previous American Pie films are just as funny, in this version the high school friends are growing up and attending one of their friends’ weddings. The characters may have grown up, but they haven’t matured at all. The laughs are relentless, with a good helping of well-placed toilet humor. Like Old School, this film has adults reliving their wild days with high school friends. Of course, once you’ve entered the world of American Pie, you’re hooked. Thankfully, the franchise has multiple films.
1. Road Trip (2000)
The perfect sequel to Old School is director Todd Phillips’ previous equally hilarious film. Road Trip follows four college friends as they embark on a cross-country journey – with disastrous results. Her goal is to find an incriminating video and thus save the relationship of one of her friends. But on the way to the tape, the bumbling characters wreak even more havoc.
With the same humor that makes Old School so funny, Road Trip is full of quirky characters. If you are looking for funny pranks of a group of friends and enjoyed old school humor then you should check out another rough comedy from the same director.