“Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son,” Dean Wormer tells freshman Flounder. Maybe not, but it is a way to go through college. And no one does the “drunk and stupid” parts more inventively than Flounder and his Delta fraternity brothers. Think of that toga party, one that taught generations of real-life college students how to party like decadent Romans.
Or think of Bluto (John Belushi), who gets blotto throughout the movie in creative ways. He can down a fifth of whiskey in one gulp, crush a beer can against his forehead, and feel no pain when falling off a ladder after peeping in the sorority house windows. He’s a walking kegger, and while he’s not the most well-mannered partygoer (he might urinate on your shoes or smash your guitar), but you’d rather have him on your side than against you. He’s not the most trustworthy drinking buddy, but he’s a valiant wingman.