What Qualifies as a Frat Pack Movie?
To “strictly” qualify as a “Frat Pack” movie, it must have at least one Frat Pack member in a starring role, along with at least one more in a supporting role. This is why Anchorman counts (Frat Pack Star, three Frat Pack Support, one Frat Pack Cameo) but why The Cable Guy doesn’t (three Frat Packers, none starring). See the Frat Pack Movie Scorecard for details and connections.
More importantly, the movie must also share a certain comedic sense; we’re talking fast-paced farce here, not slow, wry observational comedy (sorry, The Royal Tenenbaums fans). The films usually include a male-bonding component even if set against a romantic angle such as in Wedding Crashers. Recent films such as The Big Year or How Do You Know have two Frat Pack stars as leads, but the style of humor and lack of male-bonding prevent us from applying the “classic” label.
Looser and more inclusive definitions allow for high-quality movies such as Step Brothers or Along Came Polly with a single Frat Pack star, several Frat Pack friends, and similar comedic sensibility and theme.
Frat Pack Classics
Films that star one or more Frat Pack actors, and also include the same kind of farce-style humor are the ones we refer to as Frat Pack “classics.”
- The 40 Year-Old Virgin
- Along Came Polly
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
- Blades of Glory
- Dinner for Schmucks
- Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
- Meet the Fockers
- Meet the Parents
- Night at the Museum
- Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian
- Old School
- Starsky & Hutch
- Step Brothers
- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
- Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny
- The Watch
- Tropic Thunder
- Wedding Crashers