I really shouldn’t like this week’s film as much as I do. Old School (DVD/Download) is, on the surface, a raucous comedy that should probably appeal to the lowest common denominator of frat-bros. But somehow, it still has me in stitches. Chalk it up to the surprisingly nuanced comedy of Will Ferrell, or perhaps just that one Graduate-throwback scene in the swimming pool. Whatever it is, it was enough to make me want to see this movie twice in the theater when it was released, and laugh my (earmuffs) ass off each time.
Although much of the action centers around three adult friends who decide to start a fraternity open to all ages, what always gets me are the simple jokes about real 30-something life. I mean, haven’t we all had a nice little Saturday involving Home Depot and Bed Bath ‘n Beyond? Or had to censor ourselves around small children? Or suffered through drunken wedding toasts? The more broadly comedic scenes involving old man Blue and KY wrestling matches may get more laughs, but for me, it’s the believable situations of couples counseling and children’s birthday parties that elevate the film to a higher standard.
Although this is certainly a beer-centric movie (and by all means, if you have a favorite brew from your college days, drink up), I’d like to make a drink for the ladies. For people who’ve seen the movie, you’ll know why I’m using vegetables in my cocktail. For people who haven’t, well, get ready for ladies night. While watching Old School, I recommend drinking a Cucumber Gimlet. (Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!!)
3 thin slices cucumber (plus 1 more for garnish)
1 sprig rosemary leaves (removed from stem)
4 oz Plymouth gin
1.5 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Muddle cumber and rosemary together with simple syrup at the bottom of a shaker. Add gin and lime juice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a cucumber slice.
I don’t know that I have a strong desire to relive my college days like the guys in this film (sadly, it would probably involve Easy Mac and an empty studio apartment), but the very act of watching Old School does it for me. As I’ve mentioned, I saw it twice in the theater, both times with good friends and lots of laughs. Isn’t that was college was really about anyway? Cheers!