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The Freshman (1925)
May 1, 2011, 8:08 pm
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Director(s): Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor

Although The Freshman might be, joke-for-joke, one of Lloyd’s funniest movies, it is also his most devastating. It painfully illustrates all of the supreme humiliation of the schoolyard nightmare we’ve all had – Lloyd, believing to be popular and well-liked by his peers at college, soon learns that he’s actually being mocked. Excelling, like all of Lloyd’s films, as a character-driven comedy, The Freshman‘s use of ethos is profoundly moving and only makes Lloyd’s ultimate conquering all the more substantial. Climaxing with water boy Lloyd (who believed he was a benchwarmer) getting a chance to play in a particularly violent game of football, the film hysterically invents gags on the field whilst creating legitimate suspense as the audience anticipates Lloyd’s redemption.


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