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October 25, 2005

PCU - 6

This film is rated PG-13, which means that there are many less crude-for-crude's-sake jokes and more actually intelligent jokes about the craziness of college life. The title refers to both the college in the film named Port Chester college, but also to the political correctness in higher education. The jokes are actually very well done. It is also interesting that the arguments made don't make college students seem smarter, but actually shows how little they actually try to think. Conformity is really the punch-line of the film. Their are some really good quotes that are telling of how people view higher education. In this case not very high views. Early in the film Droz is giving prospective student Tom a tour and has these two great lines: "Yes! That's the beauty of college these days, Tommy! You can major in Game Boy if you know how to bullshit." And "These, Tom, are the Causeheads. They find a world-threatening issue and stick with it for about a week." This film shows how students see college as mostly meaningless beside making connections with others. Everything of value happens outside of class, mostly at parties. Most films on higher education, especially comedies, have this view. It is only partly justified when looking at the reality of college. It seems that this view also leads most to a cynical view of life, rather than the working out of the idealism that is the majority during the college years. Somewhere in there hope dies.

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