Must have appeared anarchic & counter-cultural when first released; a subversive take-down of the establishment, where the campus becomes a microcosm of the boomer generation & its contempt for those in authority. Today, it's racist & sexist. The cult of Belushi escapes me. He's every vulgar bully you've ever met. Other characters are similarly unlikable. Only the finale suggests the brilliance of The Blues Brothers.
This film has an atmosphere that immediately drew me in when I first saw it, and has kept me there ever since. I watch this very rarely, so when I next watch it, the atmosphere is still there. All the characters are pitch-perfect, and Belushi is excellent. 5/5 - One of the best films of all time.
Not sure what to say about this film. Great nudity?
Great ensemble performance. This was back in the good old days, where a comedy could be made without massive corporate sponsorship. It's gotten so bad with comedies these days that the corporate sponsor is part of the plot (Horrible Bosses).
The grandfather of raunchy college slapstick comedies still stands the test of time. Nobody had presence like John Belushi and the rest of this cast are just having fun with the material. One funny ass film.
Humor serves as a veil that dims the film's bitter fatalism. Decorum and higher education are the means through which the most nefarious members of society present themselves as the embodiment of virtue; the heroic scoundrels shield themselves from corruption by living under an anarchic philosophy but fail to see the fine line between anarchy and nihilism and gradually fall into the rotten pit. Very funny.
I originally hated this film, but I saw it when I was in high school and had not yet experienced college. Needless to say I was still innocent to the shenanigans that go on on campus. Some of the elements in the film did not stand the test of time, but it's still hilarious and enjoyable. Sometimes I long for another comedy to be produced like this one. They simply can't get it right anymore. A true classic.
Cultural significance aside, 3 moments save the movie: Bluto at the cafeteria, the scene at Donald Sutherland's place, and Otis Day.
(not Landis' best, not Belushi's best, not Ramis' best, not Elmer Bernstein's best etc...)
I feel as though this film should have been funnier given how much I've heard about it before. Maybe it hasn't aged well, or maybe it's just not my style of humor. The infamous food fight scene is good, though.