(Warning: possible spoilers)
With Animal House being a smashing success in the late-70s, one thing was made painfully clear: fraternity movies were a thing.
Graduate student Leon (Alan Solomon, future supervising producer for many lottery game shows) summons five college students to his apartment in Los Angeles, and challenges them to participate in his latest game creation: The Great All-Nighter. He tells them about his game and instructs them to form teams. At first, the leaders refuse to play. However, rivalries between them lead all five to change their minds by the game's start time.
Let's meet the teams:
Yellow Team: Mostly the nice guys, the heroes, etc. They're led by our hero, counselor Adam (David Naughton, "Makin' It", "My Sister Sam"). He's a decent guy.... aside from the fact that he sees his tagalong little brother Scott (Michael J. Fox, without the J. at this point) as a royal pain. What Adam doesn't know (or chooses to ignore) is that tonight just happens to be Scott's birthday. The birthday boy just wants to fit in, so he ends up ordering beer for the guys. At this point, Scott is underage, so..... yeah.
Blue Team: The villains. BOOOOOOOO! All selfish and rude individuals who cheat at every opportunity. The lead is overweight snob and main antagonist Harold (Stephen Furst, "National Lampoon's Animal House", later of "St. Elsewhere", actually a nice guy). One of the members is portrayed by future Hollywood director Andy Tennant. Their car actually solves the clues for them..... until Harold hides his stash of marshmallows in the circuit board.
Green Team: The jocks from the football team. One of them is portrayed by Dan Blocker's son, Dirk. Has sort of a resemblance to Hoss as well. Now, you can find Dirk on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Anyway, they all happen to be quite fond of Pabst Blue Ribbon, and when a clue leads them to the factory..... hoooooo boy!
Red Team: An all-female team, all feminists, led by Donna (Maggie Roswell, "The Simpsons"). They also have two overweight twins (who were played by actual, overweight twins). If you've ever wanted to see Maude Flanders in a dance club, here's your chance.
White Team: Debate team nerds, led by Wesley (Eddie Deezen, prolific voice actor). They drive around in mopeds.
You wouldn't believe the amount of star power that's in this cast. There's prolific character actress Irene Tedrow, John Fiedler (perhaps still on contract with Disney), Charlie Brill ("Supertrain" got cancelled, something's gotta pay the rent), Paul Reubens (pre-"Pee-Wee"), and many other character actors.
This film was rated PG (with Stephen Furst's character swearing throughout the film). This was so much of a shock that Disney didn't put their name anywhere on this film. Indeed, the print on this DVD ends with a Buena Vista International logo.
The climax takes place at the beautiful Westin Bonaventure Hotel, you can probably guess which team wins, there's a huge party, and all's well that ends well. This would not be the film that secured the role of Alex P. Keaton for Mr. Fox (that would be Class of 1984), but at least he paid his Disney dues early. That's right, nearly everybody in Hollywood does something for Disney at least once.
You might buy this film for Fox, but you'll stay for everything else. It's just idiotic "turn your brain off and enjoy" fun.