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Van Wilder: Party Liaison (2002)
"Van Wilder" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  5 April 2002 (USA)
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The most popular kid on campus meets a beautiful journalist who makes him realize that maybe he's afraid to graduate.



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In certain circles, Van Wilder is a living legend at Coolidge College, where he's been a student now for seven years, not yet having completed his degree requirements. Despite being bright, he never attends classes anymore, instead hosting parties, imparting his brand of wisdom to his adoring fans, hosting school organization fundraisers, and rallying the college spirit among the student body. Conversely, Van loves his Coolidge life. In his antics, he has a 2ic in Hutch, and always hires a personal assistant, this year's being a South Asian transfer student named Taj, who wants to learn from the best, namely Van. Van's college life is threatened when his wealthy neglectful father only now learns that Van is still in school, Wilder Sr. who has been paying his way all this time. As such, Wilder Sr. pulls the plug on that subsidy, meaning that Van has to figure out a way to pay for his Coolidge life. Because of his living legend status, Van becomes the subject of a series of articles by ... Written by Huggo

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If you're going for an advanced degree in partying...Why graduate? See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, gross humor, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Van Wilder  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,302,913 (USA) (5 April 2002)


$650,967 (Brazil) (5 September 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Gwen's letter to Van's father: Coolidge College Newspaper Journalism Dept Gwen Pearson "You don't know me, and that's exactly the way I like it. For four years, I've handed in all my articles ahead of time, grooming myself for the real world... And I, like many of us, defined the real world as everything that goes on outside the gates of this campus. The stuff that happens after graduation. I, like many of us, was wrong about that definition. It took a man named Van Wilder to teach me that. If I have not captured your attention until just now, I'm at all surprised. Anyone who has attended this university during these past seven years has undoubtedly been to one of Van's parties. He has probably touched your life in some way whether you know it or not. Watch Van Wilder do belly flops into the pool, but make sure you see he raised $5,000.00 to give the swim team another season. Also don't forget he raised over @6,000.00 for AIDS research in 'The Naked Mile Run'. As you are all no doubt aware, Van was almost expelled, but what you may not know is that he was set up by a pathetic, egomeniacal fratboy. Who this report knows firsthand has a problem with premature ejaculation. In reaction to this lynching, Van Wilder once again took the road less traveled. He has put in more effort in the last six days than most of us put in all semester. Win or lose, we should all be thankful to him, for reminding us what we are all capable of. He taught an uptight, unhappy reporter about life. He brought back her smile, her joy, her passion. It is simply what he does. He inspires the uninspired." See more »


When Naomi is taking off her shirt on the bed with Taj, you hear audio of her talking but her mouth is closed. See more »


Panos Patakos: How do you put a price on dignity?
Friend: How do you put a price on poonani?
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Crazy Credits

A couple of deleted scenes play on during the end credits including makeout scene outtakes and others. See more »


References Say Anything... (1989) See more »


Blue Note
Written by Scooter Pietsch, Sidney James
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A big surprize
18 September 2004 | by (Windsor, Canada) – See all my reviews

i didn't expect much coming into this movie, i didn't hear much about it and Van wilder was one of the national lampoon movies without Chevy Chase. however this movie surpassed all my expectations. Van Wilder defines the slapstick teen comedy of the new millennium. loaded with sexual humor and innuendo, Van Wilder keep the laughs coming. i believe Tara Reid was at her hottest in this movie, and believe it or not, there are a ton of quotable lines to live by in this film. as for the plot, its just about some guy who doesn't wanna leave the college he calls his home until he meets a girl that makes him realize his own potential. this film was much better then the last 2 American pies put together. this is a true popcorn movie to watch with your friends.

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