PCU

March 12, 2018

 

 

 

Synopsis - A high school senior visits college for the weekend, and stays at the wildest house on campus in this classic tale of anti-political-correctness.

 

Peter Travers described The Post as a movie that "could not be more timely." It was probably because PCU came out 23 years ago. If it had been released at the tail-end of 2017, well, Travers would still pant over The Post, but there would definitely be a more relevant-to-the-times movie to champion. 

 

PCU divides audiences, which is ironic considering the movie is about how easily divisions form in society, but what it aims to do is make people laugh at how seriously we can take ourselves sometimes. The reason why I compared it to The Post, and decided to post a review of this decades old movie in the first place, is because it feels like society forgot how to do something intrinsically important to our cultural growth: laugh. 

 

Every topic is taken so seriously these days that if you refuse to behave as if we're actively in a civil war, you're branded an enemy of the revolution. In 1964, during the height of the Cold War, Stanley Kubrick released a comedy about a nuclear holocaust. People laughed and the world moved on. There is no life and death situation but for a life and death situation so to not be able to laugh at current events robs us of our ability to rationalize. 

This movie is important because it highlights the biggest problem in our society, confusing diversity of opinions with acts of war. How does the movie highlight this problem? By saying it's OK to make fun of each other sometimes, and it becomes a lot easier to handle the jokes when we learn how to make fun of ourselves.

 

NOTE: If you spent six years in college and you're not a doctor, you've probably already seen this.

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