Is Animal House a classic?

May I have 10,000 marbles, please?

I guess I should be talking about long-dead movie stars, but I’m thinking about a certain friend of mine who doesn’t even look down his nose at Animal House. He will not condescend to admit that Animal House even exists. He doesn’t see it as a masterpiece or even watch a frame of the film.

This time around in my fledgling blog, I’m bringing up poor Harold Ramis, and I must leave the matter in your hands. You are all obviously lovers of classic film. You’ve seen Lombard, Flynn, de Havilland, and I’m sure Bogart, Davis, Olivier, and even (God help us) Muni. You’ve taken in The Red Shoes, Roshomon, The Maltese Falcon, and Citizen Kane, and marveled at the work of great directors, cinematographers, and writers.

Today I’m asking you, where does Animal House fit? Is Animal House a classic?  Is Animal House great?


I guess it’s obvious where I stand on Animal House. I wanted to hate it going in but it charmed the pants off me and I’ve never looked back. It’s a picture that took American cinema in a new direction, for good or ill. And I’m very curious what you think.  Animal House, yes or no?

(In particular I’m wondering about Inga over there in Germany. Does Animal House even translate??)