Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Freshman

Harold is eager to attend Tate University, thinking it will be like everything he's seen in the movies. As soon as he arrives, he believes the naive lad believes himself to be the big man on campus, although he is really just the laughing stock of the entire college. Still, Harold goes about trying to please his classmates and gain popularity by a fledgling attempt to make the football team. As he soon discovers the truth about his status, the love of the sweet boarding house girl gives him resolve and the courage he needs to shine on the gridiron during the big game. "The Freshman" is one of silent comic Harold Lloyd's most endearing and beloved films. While I did not find it as entertaining as "Safety Last!", it still has many humorous bits, such as when Lloyd replaces a tackling dummy at practice or when his tailor accompanies him to the homecoming dance in case his shoddily stitched suit should come unseamed. "The Freshman" is a somewhat silly exercise but nonetheless it is still an amiable and comical film.