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It's 1986. Ronald Reagan is in the White House, Peter Gabriel's on the radio, a gallon of gas costs less than a dollar … and four clueless freshmen pledge to Hayes University's Omega Sigma fraternity. A mistake? They don't think so, but you might.

College fraternities, at least those in popular entertainment, all receive secret charters from 1978's Animal House (Pi Sicka Icko) and, as such, they insist that members adhere to the not-so-secret motto of "everything in excess." Omega Sig, compared to some of its fictional brethren, is only a middle achiever, really. Beer comes out of the taps. A 32-year-old dope fiend lives in one of the house's colossal rooms (he's been there since the Ford administration). And a largish ram loiters in the common areas.

If Glory Daze has a point—and at times that's debatable—it's about the importance of loyalty, and about building lifelong relationships with folks who will never let you down.

When Omega Sig prez Damon makes a huge gaffe and staggers through the campus drunk and despondent, for instance, Joel tracks him down and tells him that he should be proud of all he's accomplished with the fraternity. Joel goes on about how great it is to belong to the group and expresses confidence in the fact that, if he was in the same boat, "one of my brothers would come find me, refuse to punch my face and bring my a‑‑ back home."

That's nice. I guess. I mean, we're all looking for a sense of community. We all want to be friends with someone we know will have our backs. And if we find such a person, we should treasure him or her.

But in Glory Daze, brotherhood often looks more like a series of codependent relationships, where all vice is excused and often encouraged in the name of loyalty and comradeship. Seems to me that enrolling in a local street gang would give you pretty much all of that and more—and you wouldn't have to plunk down a check for tuition.

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