258 user 94 critic

Van Wilder (2002)

2:32 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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)
3,160 ( 158)
2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Taj Mahal Badalandabad leaves Coolidge College behind for the halls of Camford University in England, where he looks to continue his education, and teach an uptight student how to make the most out of her academic career.

Director: Mort Nathan
Stars: Kal Penn, Lauren Cohan, Daniel Percival
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Van Wilder starts his freshman year at Coolidge College and embarks on an adventure to land the campus hottie and liberate his school from sexual oppression and party dysfunction.

Director: Harvey Glazer
Stars: Jonathan Bennett, Kristin Cavallari, Kurt Fuller
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Korean-American office worker and his Indian-American stoner friend embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers.

Director: Danny Leiner
Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Ethan Embry
Just Friends I (2005)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with -- a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.

Director: Roger Kumble
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris
Road Trip (2000)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Four college buddies embark on a road trip to retrieve an illicit tape mistakenly mailed to a female friend.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents in hot pursuit.

Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris
Waiting... I (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics.

Director: Rob McKittrick
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, John Francis Daley
EuroTrip (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dumped by his girlfriend, a high school grad decides to embark on an overseas adventure in Europe with his friends.

Directors: Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

It's the wedding of Jim and Michelle and the gathering of their families and friends, including Jim's old friends from high school and Michelle's little sister.

Director: Jesse Dylan
Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jim and his friends are now in college, and they decide to meet up at the beach house for some fun.

Director: J.B. Rogers
Stars: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Shannon Elizabeth
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion.

Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott
American Pie (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.

Directors: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz
Stars: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas


Cast overview, first billed only:
Mini Cochran
Alex Burns ...
Erik Estrada


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Van Wilder  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,302,913, 7 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,005,329, 12 May 2002
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


| (unrated)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Four years after the release of this film, Ryan Reynolds and Curtis Armstrong would co-star again in the action film Smokin' Aces (2006). See more »


The sound made by the buttons on the Sony 900mHz phone that Van uses to call Gwen is of a higher pitch than the sound the phone really makes. See more »


Van Wilder: All this time I thought I was more to you than a flaccid story.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Never Going to Fly
Written by K. Boyce, T. Cook, M. Scerpella, S. Adams
Performed by Bender
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Don't believe the critics (this is a great movie)
24 August 2002 | by 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.

27 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 258 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page