Listed in the annals of 20th Century Fox films is the best-known unknown movie in America with a Nostradamian capability of predicting what would happen to higher education — and the country as a whole — 20 years after its release.
“PCU,” the cult classic college film starring Jeremy Piven, Jon Favreau and David Spade is the movie everyone’s seen but no one talks about. That one friend who probably smoked too much dope in college has definitely quoted the movie to you, or you’ve probably watched it on a Sunday afternoon while nursing a hangover.
But the film is much more than a simple college flick full of immature, yet poignant humor. It is still relevant on almost every level.
Unfortunately, it has been largely forgotten.
No one, including The Daily Caller, celebrated its 20-year anniversary on April 29. A copy only costs about $7 on Amazon, $1.50 less than “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” and I wanted to claw my eyes out watching that (it was on a date, she wanted to see it, don’t judge). In that way, it’s an enigma, similar to that guy who goes to all the parties in high school, but no one really knows who he is.
So here is a belated celebration of what should be more than a cult classic with five predictions from the film.
1. The Causeheads
Droz: These, Tom, are the Causeheads. They find a world-threatening issue and stick with it for about a week.
The Causeheads are just what they sound like, a group of activists who simply switch what they’re campaigning for or against based on fads. This rings all too true on today’s campuses, whether conservative or liberal in nature.
But it’s become much more than deciding not to eat meat or saving the rain forest or outlawing abortion or allowing guns on campus. People still frequently jump from cause to cause (the “South Park” episode “A Scause for Applause” is a great take on this), but college activists have become increasingly specialized in their nature. This has extended into the broader public as a whole as well.
There is literally a cause for everything. Troubled by how fat people are treated? Join the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance. Don’t like how lobsters are treated? Support the Lobster Empathy Center. Think biology classes should teach creationism? Yeah, we’ve got that too.