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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.



, (as David T. Wagner)
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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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No party gets started until it gets wilder. 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  »

Filming Locations:


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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Olowokandi, Darius Miles, Quentin Richardson, and Lamar Odom, who were all players on Coolidge's basketball team, were real life teammates at the time in the NBA on the Los Angeles Clippers. See more »


When the nerds are playing Ms. Pac Man, we hear the sound of Pac-Man dying when Ms. Pac Man dies. See more »


Vance Wilder, Sr.: Sweet Joesph, my son's a fairy.
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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 »


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Don't believe the critics (this is a great movie)
24 August 2002 | by (Brighton, MA) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie, don't believe the critics on this one. If you get this on DVD you can safely fast-forward through the two over-the-top gross out scenes that virtually assured this movie would get terrible reviews. The rest is pure comic genius in the often amusing, but rarely outstanding, field of teen/college comedy. This is my new favorite movie!

ps. The best jokes in this movie rely on sex or sexual inuendo. If you don't like either you can safely count this movie out, but then again, you probably knew that already.

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