I'm not recalling these memories because I think anyone has an interest (or isn't completely repelled) by my sexual history. I'm recalling them to highlight the "teen titty movie," that genre of R-rated school-bound antics that had vanished from theaters since its post-Animal House boom in the 1980s. Perhaps as some kind of "fuck you" to the Reagan Era's family values, Revenge of the Nerds, Porky's, The Last American Virgin, Weird Science, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and a dozen other masterpieces picked up where John Belushi's boner left off.
In the early 90s, however, sexually transmitted diseases made movies about horny teens engaging in consequence-free fucking seem a bit irresponsible. America traded in the teen titty flick for puritanical network shows like Beverly Hills 90210, where teenagers, after "losin it'," were rewarded with a teen pregnancy scare instead of a bodacious high-five from Corey Feldman. It would be 10 years before American Pie would start the year 2000 by reviving the genre and ushering in a new generation of teen titty films. Without American Pie (brace yourself here) we might be living in a world without a Dude, Where's My Car?, a Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, an Old School. And we may not have gotten The Skulls, an unlikely installment in the teen titty genre.
What's it Like 10 Years Later?
IT'S REVENGE OF THE NERDS, BUT NOT A COMEDY (BUT STILL WITH A ROBOT SIDEKICK)
The Skulls, at first glance, seems to have little in common with any teen titty movie. It's not a comedy, it's pretty dark, and there isn't so much as a single panty raid or sunglasses raised at the sight of a bikini-clad babe. And yet it's still a college movie. The DNA of Animal House is in its veins. And once you realize this, the movie becomes a hilariously straight interpretation of 80s college comedies. Essentially, The Skulls has the same ethos as Caddyshack's tagline: "It's the snobs vs. the slobs!" But it takes that ethos absurdly seriously. In this case the "snobs" don't just run the country club; they run the country. There's little in The Skulls that isn't in Revenge of the Nerds: cruel preppies, losers versus rich kids, robe-clad fraternal clubs, hidden cameras. Hell, there's even a robot sidekick in The Skulls if you look hard enough. The Skulls most egregious 80s college cliche occurs when McNamara rightfully challenges the society after finding (wait for it) an old bylaw in the university charter.