Old School

Corrected entry: During the scene where Luke Wilson tells the fraternity that they are subject to a review, Vince Vaughn leaves the restaurant and tells Wilson that he built Speaker City from the ground up and he could barely read. However, at the academics test, Vince Vaughn is able to read a complicated question into the microphone.

Correction: That comment was to point out that although Vince Vaughan is successful, hes not too smart of a guy. The phrase was only meant figuratively.


Correction: Vaughn is also trying to get out of taking the review by lying about him not being able to read. As you see a earlier in that scene where he just pays for his food, gets up and leaves instead of taking the review and Luke Wilson has to talk him into it.

Corrected entry: In Frank's wedding scene, there is a cheesy wedding singer. During Mitch-A-Palooza, Snoop Dogg is playing the party, with Beanie paying the bill. It's pretty funny that Beanie doesn't hook Frank up on his big day, but gets Mitch Snoop when he breaks up with his girlfriend.

Correction: That's because he doesn't want Frank to get married.


Corrected entry: Yeah it made for a better sequence, but considering it is an all male fraternity they are creating, why do they do solely women's gymnastic events? i.e. Frank performs the floor exercise with a ribbon, technically considered rhythmic gymnastics which is a women's event. And the vault is set up for women as the long end of the vault is perpendicular to the runway. For men, the vault has its long side parallel to the run way.

Correction: If you watch the scene right before the examining sequence, Dean Pritchard tells someone that he "got a little creative with some of their tests, it should make for an entertaining day." This may explain why the male fraternity is doing women's gymnastics.

Corrected entry: When the Dean informs the fraternity that they did not pass because Blue scored 0% on all the tests, he states that their score drops to a 58%, when earlier, Mitch said they had a score of 84%. Since the fraternity has at least a dozen guys in it, Blue's 0% would not cause such a dramatic decrease.

Correction: The Dean intentionally manipulated it so that they wold fail; he didn't need to be honest, he just needed a plausible excuse.

Corrected entry: When Mitch catches his girlfriend cheating on him, the bathroom door behind him is closed, then opened, then closed again as he's talking to her.


Correction: The bathroom door is just cracked open on the left side. The next shot doesn't even show the left side of the door. In the final door shot, the people in the bathroom come out. The door is open wider than in the first shot as they cut to the people coming out. The original entry is invalid.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Mitch and Frank come home to Beenie holding the initial fraternity meeting, Frank is holding a George Foreman grill under his left arm. Towards the end of the scene Mitch says something to Beenie. Frank's arm with the grill in it can be seen. The shot goes to Beenie and then back to Mitch and the grill is then under Frank's right arm, but in the next shot it switches back again to his left.

Correction: The gift isn't a George Foreman Grill. It's a bread making machine.

Corrected entry: When Frank is streaking down the street, a Pontiac Bonneville honks at him as it passes, yet the horn sound is not a Bonneville horn.

Correction: I drive a Honda that was in an accident. The original horn was damaged in the wreck, so it needed to be replaced. The replacement sounds nothing like the original horn. Very possible the Pontiac could have a new horn for the same reason.

Corrected entry: When the fat man drops a cinder block on a manhole cover, the cover falls in the hole. This could not happen as manholes and their covers are shaped and sized as they are (circular) so as to make it impossible for the cover to ever fall through the hole.

Correction: The cinder block appears to break the manhole cover on its descent, making it possible.

Andy Benham

Corrected entry: When the student is seen pulling out the school newspaper from the paper stand, the remaining papers in the stand are not the same as the one taken out.


Correction: If you look at the newspaper that was underneath, there is no heading on it. It can be assumed that it is the same paper but the page we are seeing is faced down.

Corrected entry: In the clips during the credits when Mark drives the car off of the bridge to avoid being hit, it lands on Dean Pritchard and then blows up. Meanwhile, the car Mark almost hit is nowhere to be seen. (01:27:50)


Correction: The shot of the car falling on the Dean was from a ground view.


Corrected entry: When the pledges are going through the initiation process (the scene where they are throwing the cinder blocks from the roof) the "big kid" throws his on a man hole cover. If cars and big rigs can drive over them i don't see how a 15lb cinder block would do what it did.

Correction: Its called "distribution of weight". The trucks etc distrubate their weight evenly over their tyres, otherwise there would be trouble. A heavy weight, dropped from a height doesn't distribute anything and as such the manhole cover might not be able to take it.


Corrected entry: When they are doing the wrestling game in the basement, there's more lubricant in the pool that could be contained in the bag.

Dr Wilson

Correction: It is very possible that there were many other bags of lubricant not shown on screen.

Nick N.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the fraternity are dancing in the gym hall, the fat guy moves from one end to another in the same shot.

Correction: The rather large college kid never switches sides. The camera angle just changes from a front/side shot to a shot from behind, since they do a 180 pivot move. If you pay close attention during that shot, you can relate the large kid's position to the judge's position, which is now to their backs.

Corrected entry: When Luke Wilson discovers that the girl he met at his party is his boss's daughter and still in high school, his boss says she'll be graduating in seven months. Assuming that'll be somewhere around June, that would make the current month November. An outside party would be too cold to have at this time of the year in New York, and you'd be able to see everyone's breath because of the low temperature. Also, Beanie's pool would not still be open.

Correction: The film never says where exactly it takes place and the clues point to a California location, then a New York one. In the first scene, Mitch is in San Diego for a meeting with his company. He leaves that afternoon and arrives later that night to see his GF involved in the gang bang. He was stuck at the airport for a while due to the metal detector going off on him, and the time it takes to get from San Diego to New York, all the signs point to it being around LA or Sacramento where the weather is nice enough to have outdoor parties and swimming pools in November.

Corrected entry: When the wedding singer starts singing you see a mic stand, but when the scene changes its gone.

Correction: If you watch this scene, they have a close up of the singer and you can see him slip the mic from the stand and knock the stand over. When they show the stage again they never show the floor of the stage to see if it is there. I am assuming that it is there. The entry makes it seem as if he doesn't pull it out of the stand.

Corrected entry: When Mitch is seen removing the original and copies from the copy machine, the copies are upside down as compared to how he had the original on the glass.


Correction: Depending on the photocopier, the image might have been flipped by the optics.

Bob Blumenfeld

Corrected entry: In the scene when Will Ferrell picks up the tranq pistol the goat stomps down and for a second you can see the hand of the goat trainer petting the side of it.

Correction: It's not the trainer's hand, its the animal's tail.

Corrected entry: When Beanie is with the college girl on his futon, the girl is seen sucking the air out of a balloon, yet when she talks her voice is unchanged by the helium. If there wasn't any helium in it, it wouldn't make sense for her to be sucking on it.

Correction: Its not helium, its nitrous...which really doesn't change your voice, but does give you a quick buzz.


Corrected entry: The party that Beanie throws for Mitch supposedly happens on a Friday night. We know this because they mention it earlier in the film, and also Frank mentions during the party that tomorrow he and his wife have a big Saturday planned at Home Depot and maybe Bed, Bath and Beyond. However, the morning after the party Mitch has to go to work (he's a lawyer), just as his boss and co-workers do. Also, the girl Luke meets at the party has to go to school.

Correction: If you look at the poster that's on the tree at the start of the party, it says "Thursday."

Corrected entry: The fraternity has to go under review and must do five tests: debate, school spirit, volunteering, intelligence, and athletics. The fraternity completes all but the volunteering aspect. Why would they forget to do one test when they wanted to be accepted?

Correction: In the unrated DVD version of the movie, volunteering is included in the deleted scenes.

Plot hole: When they are being told they have failed the evaluation, the dean tells them, "Yes, you people did finish with 84%, but another one of your pledges finished with a zero in every category." It then goes on to state that this drops them down to 58%. For one pledge to bring them down 26% there would have to have been less than four pledges, including Blue, i.e. only three actually taking the evaluation.


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Mitch: Wow. Cheese. Is that you?
Dean Pritchard: Hello, Mitch. Bernard. I see you guys haven't changed much.
Beanie: Who's this guy?
Mitch: Beanie, you remember Cheese, Rodney's kid brother?
Dean Pritchard: Actually, my name's not Cheese anymore. It's Gordon Pritchard.
Beanie: Oh, yeah. Cheeeeeese. Yeah, didn't we lock you in a dumpster one time?
Dean Pritchard: Yea, I got out.
Beanie: Cool man. Good. Glad you did.

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Trivia: It is rumored that this was thought of by director Todd Philips as a comedic version of "Fight Club" (1999) and there are a few obvious references to it in the movie. Some include the basement wrestling match, the photocopying of club propaganda at work, the men appearing worn at work, the restaurant scene, and the behavior of the men during the initiation phase.

T Poston

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Question: Who is the porn star in the video Mich's wife is watching?

Answer: Julie Meadows.

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