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Van Wilder (2002)

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

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5 April 2002 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$21,005,329 (USA) (10 May 2002)
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Trivia

In Gwen's parents house, Van Wilder says about Richard "If he is here, who's running hell?" The same line was used by Richard Ruccolo's character in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (1998), which Ryan Reynolds also starred in. See more »

Goofs

Van's right hand is alternately on/off of steering wheel knob between shots when Gwen, with a rain coat on, meets Van in the golf cart. See more »

Quotes

Van Wilder: [while standing pantless next to the freshman] But you know what I've learned in my seven years here at Coolidge... Timmy? I've learned that you can't treat every situation as a life-and-death matter because you'll die a lot of times. Write that down.
Suicidal Freshman: I don't have a pen.
Van Wilder: Well remember that then. And you know something, Timmy? I think you've got the balls to make it here. Call me nuts, but I believe in you.
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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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References Heathers (1988) See more »

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Saying Goodbye
Written by Timothy Alan Pagnotta
Performed by Sugarcult
Courtesy of Ultimatum Music, LLC
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Hilariously funny!
14 April 2004 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

This movie is hilariously funny! I've seen it more than 4 times and it gets funnier every time! Ryan Reynolds is hilarious as Van Wilder, the lead role. Being that this is a National Lampoon movie, one would expect it to be funny. It definitely lives up to expectations of the previous National Lampoon movies. The script is ingenious and is extremely well-written. Many parts of the movie are unexpected, which makes it all the more enjoyable. This movie is so much fun to watch over and over again. The part with the dog and the "eclairs" is hilarious in itself. Although this is one of Reynolds' first movies, it is a big hit. Surely, we can look for more hilarious movies like this one in the future.


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