Frat House


Middle 40-60% of all time (see others with this rank)

Festival Year

1998 (click here to see all competition films from this year)


Documentary Competition

Non-Cast Credits

Todd Phillips, Andrew Gurland, Sheila Nevins, Anthonly Hardwick, Mott Hupfel, Salamo Levin, JF Coleman


Most people’s image of fraternities revolves primarily around their well-documented festivities (parties) and libations (beer). Undoubtedly, these events do take place. However, those of you hoping for a frolicking celebration of toga parties and beer bongs are in for a rude awakening. Frat House exposes the seedy underbelly of the make Greek System, hazing. If you thought it consisted of a little good-natured ribbing or some strenuous exercise, think again.

In the fall of 1996, Todd Phillips and Andrew Gurland set out to document what really goes on in fraternities. Little did they know how much the would have to suffer for their art. They went to all costs to capture the horrors of pledging. By immersing themselves (quite literally) into houses at two universities, they bravely ventured where no filmmaker has gone before.

Rather than a thorough examination of the sociological effects of frat life on young men, Frat House is an expose of a world hitherto unexplored, due in part of a code of silence maintained by the people who go through the system. Breaking through this silence reveals a world of psychological manipulation, violence, and misogyny which frighteningly transcends stereotypical images.


Trevor Groth (see other films reviewed by the same reviewer)

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