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Fat, Drunk, & Stupid: The Inside Story Behind the Making of Animal House Hardcover – April 10, 2012
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“[A] one-of-a-kind book… A unique look at the one movie that, more than any other, told Americans it's okay to access your inner frat boy. In fact, it's recommended.” ―Washington Post
“Loyal fans of ‘Animal House' will find much to like in this engaging read.” ―Booklist
“A fond look back on the ‘little movie' that turned into a blockbuster, made John Belushi a star, and spawned dozens of badly made imitations… Simmons had a front-row seat at the film's creation, and he provides a detailed look at how the movie was made, as well as its unanticipated success.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Simmons brings a singular perspective to this behind-the-scenes look… Simmons's tone is breezy, and he offers amusing anecdotes about cast members.” ―Library Journal
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Reading this book revealed so much more for me than what had already been said in the featurette documentaries featured on the Universal DVD releases of Animal House. In this book, we learn about reactions to the film upon its release in Summer, 1978. We get to learn about the casting process and the experiences the actors and actresses had upon reading for their respective roles. Plus we learn about how long it took to whittle down the original screenplay to create the definitive work of comedy we've come to love for almost 35 years.
This book touches upon many aspects of the film from inception to legacy as well as help readers learn about the beginnings of National Lampoon Magazine, the production of National Lampoon's Lemmings, and a real treat for fans, some stories about an unproduced sequel to Animal House that never made it further than the story idea stage!
There are some things that true die hard fans like myself do unfortunately have to miss such as deleted scene explanations. Many of the scenes that I would have liked to read more about were scenes that involved director John Landis making a cameo as a student dishwasher and having a tug of war over a leftover cheeseburger during the 'What A Wonderful World' sequence in the cafeteria.Read more ›
I'm not saying that like it's a bad thing, and I'm glad Mr. Simmons has committed to paper his memories of the people, the shoot and the legacy of one of the most popular comedies of all time. He's able to give insight into the National Lampoon years that led to the film and he gives many interesting personal anecdotes about the people involved (from top to bottom), but the book also has a rushed feel to it, along with little errors like mispelling Dan Aykroyd's name over and over.
If you're a huge ANIMAL HOUSE fan (and I consider myself one), you will have probably already read Chris Miller's THE REAL ANIMAL HOUSE about his Dartmouth frat that inspired the Deltas, A STUPID AND FUTILE GESTURE about the late Doug Kenney (the "Stork" who was actually one of the brains behind the Lampoon and ANIMAL HOUSE--and CADDYSHACK!), and other books about John Belushi covering those years. Simmons's book is a nice complement to those volumes, and well worth reading.
I recently went to a screening of ANIMAL HOUSE (April 2012) with an introduction and Q&A with Stephen Furst, aka Kent Dorfman, aka Flounder. He was open, honest and very gracious. And he still sounds exactly like Flounder. But the reason I bring this up: the audience still laughed. A lot. Hard. Almost 35 years later, a crowded movie theatre was filled with laughter for this film.
That's staying power.
Seemed more like a pat on his own back by author.
I was hoping to read a book focused on the filming of the movie. This is not that book.
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The book consists of anecdotes and name dropping. Very little of it is interesting. It felt like high school friends relating the events of their glory years. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JLA
I have loved this movie from the beginning, I watch it every September just to make me feel better that I don't have to go back to college.. Read morePublished 9 months ago by William
A life mystery. How could someone write such a worthless book about such a great movie. The author must have injured his back patting himself on it, which wouldn't be so bad, but... Read morePublished 11 months ago by A Southern Reader
This book should have been titled "That One Time Matty Simmons Did Something Noteworthy...and He's Still Milking it for What It's Worth! Read morePublished 19 months ago by D. Peterson
Once you get by Matty Simmons' self-aggrandizement, this is a very enjoyable book and it explains not only how Animal House came about, but lays the foundation for Saturday Night... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Thomas A. Lewis
Not a bad read. It was quite funny in certain places. It makes me want to watch Animal House yet again.Published on January 29, 2014 by The Bluto
I originally bought this book based on the title itself. Anyone who enjoys this cult classic needs to read this book. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Kevin VanDenBrouck
Stupid is as stupid does. Some great trivia for Animal House lovers like me. Many tid bits here to use at social gatherings if the topics of fraternities and/or John Belushi come... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Dennis M. Gehley
Loved this book !!! Lot's of things revealed that I had no idea of. Movie was fantastic as is this book !!!!!!!!!Published on July 31, 2013 by rsrsen