Fraternity Vacation
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames Frawley
Written byLindsay Harrison
Produced byRobert C. Peters
Larry A. Thompson (executive producer)
CinematographyPaul Ryan
Music byBrad Fiedel
Distributed byNew World Pictures
Release date
April 12, 1985
Running time
84 min.
CountryUnited States

Fraternity Vacation is a 1985 American sex comedy teen movie starring Stephen Geoffreys as a nerdy pledge to the Theta Pi Gamma fraternity at Iowa State, with Tim Robbins and Cameron Dye as Theta Pi Gamma frat boys (or, as they are known to their Iowa State frat rivals, "Theta Pigs"). On spring break in Palm Springs, California, several boys compete for the affections of a sophisticated co-ed, played by Sheree J. Wilson.[2]


Despite being saddled with a nerdy pledge during a Palm Springs weekend, two frat brothers vie for a poolside blonde.



Fraternity Vacation was not a major success at the box office, earning just over $3 million. Critical reception for the film was also predominately unfavorable.[3] Roger Ebert gave the film one star out of four:

Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against dumb sex comedies. All I object to is the fact that "Fraternity Vacation" is playing with half a deck—the male half. The men are the characters and the women are the objects.[4]

Gene Siskel gave the film zero stars, calling it "yet another dimwitted college sex comedy, a film that doesn't have a single redeeming facet."[5] Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote, "The material is more smirky than funny, and the cast isn't particularly likable."[6] Variety wrote, "Neither wildly gross nor unbearably funny, pic nevertheless maintains a cheerful attitude throughout as the single minded teenage characters pursue the opposite sex with all the subtlety of dogs checking each other out."[7] Michael Wilmington of the Los Angeles Times thought that the film did have a "bright cast" and "skillfully brisk direction," but was defeated by a script "devoid of surprises and ideas—and often characters."[8] A review in The Tech (MIT) said that the film was a poor example of its genre, and "not worth seeing unless you're really in the mood for this type of movie".[9]


  1. ^ "Fraternity Vacation (1985)". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  2. ^ Bernstein, Jonathan (3 February 2015). Pretty In Pink: The Golden Age of Teenage Movies. St. Martin's Press. pp. 38–39. ISBN 9781466890626. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Fraternity Vacation (1985)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  4. ^ Roger Ebert, review, first published April 15, 1985. Accessed December 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Siskel, Gene (April 17, 1985). "Fraternity Vacation". Chicago Tribune. Section 5, p. 4.
  6. ^ Maslin, Janet (April 12, 1985). "The Screen: 'Fraternity'". The New York Times. C5.
  7. ^ "Film Reviews: Fraternity Vacation". Variety. February 27, 1985. 14.
  8. ^ Wilmington, Michael (April 26, 1985). "Teen Sex on 'Fraternity Vacation'". Los Angeles Times. Part VI, p. 13.
  9. ^ Dan Crean, review, first published April 26, 1985. The Tech (MIT). Accessed July 25, 2012.