The list to top all other lists -- what movies portrayed Greek life in the most accurate (or inaccurate) light, with the most over the top (or overwhelmingly basic) antics, and memorable and/or cringeworthy characters? There's lots to satirize about sororities and fraternities, but at some point, things get a bit overparodized. Here’s our list of the all-time cliched Greek life movies.
We had to. As much as it’s become cliche, Legally Blonde takes the cake when it comes to sorority portrayals. From the perfect LSAT score coming from the unsuspecting blonde to the budget woes every sorority house encounters when they switch from Charmin to generic toilet paper, Legally Blonde captured the exaggerated nuances of sorority life at Vanderbilt -- and made it rain at box offices. Witherspoon worked hard for the money, studying for the role by going to "dinners, shopping, and hanging out with sorority girls," noting everything they said and did.
The Skulls romanticizes Yale University fraternities to be elite, secret societies brimming with the richest, most powerful generation of men, and we can’t get enough because, well, rumor has it. Its plot is based around the conspiracy theories that exist in real life surrounding Yale's Skull and Bones student society. Apparently, we’re not alone, because the film spawned two sequels which went straight to video (ignore the 9% Rotten Tomatoes ranking).
Stomp the Yard Collection
College dramas plus killer step routines equals a made for box office collection of movies that critics won’t even bother to tear apart. At Truth University in Atlanta, protagonist DJ finds he can’t quite seem to fit in -- until he shows off his dance moves, becoming “the hottest commodity on campus.” Cue step-off’s, dance-off’s, rivalrous trash-talking and add a dance competition, and you’ve got a step movie not worth rating that you also can’t stop watching.
An illustration of an aggressive rush week and best-friends-turned-sorority-rivals story, Sorority Wars had our favorite coming-of-age actresses Lucy Hale and Phoebe Strole in a Pitch Perfect film before there was Pitch Perfect. We think Variety writer Brian Lowry said it poorly best, calling the movie "moderately engaging" and "cheerfully mindless,” while describing Hale as "very appealing.”
Not to be outdone, Sorority Boys perhaps even more accurately portrays sorority life -- through the eyes of a guy, sort of. When their only option to stay on campus after expulsion is, you guessed it, joining a sorority, a couple of frat boys don wigs, makeup and more as they take up residency with the Delta Omicron Gammas. Come for the drag getups, stay for the surprisingly accurate dialogue.
The Social Network
We simultaneously love and hate The Social Network, because while we appreciate and can relate to Mark’s character and his insecurities, slight bullying and lady problems, we hate that he went on to create something so integrated into our waking, conscious lives and make more money than we can comprehend. Nonetheless, we appreciate the movie’s message that dreams come true in dormrooms.
Oh, we mourn the days when Amanda Bynes graced every other teen movie poster. Remember how great she looked, how funny she was? Amanda, what happened? Wait, what was Sydney White even about? Oh yeah, the importance of legacies. Bynes plays a college girl who hopes to join the sorority her mother was in, going through rush week, hazing, and general loss of all self-esteem. It covers sorority recruitment and how all of your insecurities ever will resurface during the pledge process.
If Sorority Row’s depiction of sorority life is to be believed, most women are lounging around in next to nothing, most of the time. Couple that with women who have homicidal tendencies and degrees in bitchfighting, and you’ve got a movie that shouldn’t have been made.