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Van Wilder -- Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds), a student shuffling through his seventh year in college, learns that his father won't pay for another semester. Trouble is, Van loves the cushy college life so much that he'll do anything to stay -- even ensuring he doesn't make the grade(s). But with deep-pocket dad out of the picture, he has to figure out how to pay for it all himself.
Van Wilder -- 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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Ryan Reynolds ... Van Wilder

Tara Reid ... Gwen Pearson

Tim Matheson ... Vance Wilder Sr.

Kal Penn ... Taj Mahal Badalandabad

Teck Holmes ... Hutch

Daniel Cosgrove ... Richard Bagg

Deon Richmond ... Mini Cochran
Alex Burns ... Gordon

Emily Rutherfurd ... Jeannie

Paul Gleason ... Professor McDoogle

Erik Estrada ... Erik Estrada

Curtis Armstrong ... Campus Cop

Jason Winer ... Panos Patakos

Chris Owen ... Suicidal Freshman

Simon Helberg ... Vernon

Aaron Paul ... Wasted Guy

Ivana Bozilovic ... Naomi

Kim Smith ... Casey

Teresa Hill ... Hot Female Doctor

Megan Gallagher ... Holyoke Hottie
Jason Hopkins ... Sick Boy

Lydia Hull ... Lindsey

Mark Chaet ... Business Manager
Michael Waltman ... Coach Ken Massey
Cynthia Fancher ... Ms. Haver
Michael Olowokandi ... Leron

Darius Miles ... Darius

Quentin Richardson ... Quentin

Lamar Odom ... Coolidge Chickadee Player

Nick Puga ... Pimply Faced Freshman

Joshua Swanson ... Annoyingly Peppy Freshman

Jesse Capelli ... Desiree (as Jenny Leone)

Ronald Hunter ... Gus
Jeremy Phillips ... Overweight Freshman

Darcy Shean ... Gwen's Mom
Harry Danner ... Dr. Beeverman
Tom Howard ... Gwen's Dad

John Colton ... Dr. Henke

Sophia Bush ... Sally
J. Patrick McCormack ... Dean Mooney

Gregg Daniel ... English Professor

Lauren Birkell ... Cheesy TV Announcer
Teesha Lobo ... Hot Indian Girl

Cheryl Bricker ... Mrs. Henke
Christopher Sowers ... Thin Pledge (as Chris Sowers)

Colin Campbell ... Archive Guy
Willie Latimore ... Ming Impersonator

Sean Marquette ... Little Kid
Sterling Rice ... Little Girl
Albert Owens ... Another Doctor

Anderson Goncalves ... Dorky Brother
Anne Varnishung ... Gorgeous Secretary

Erik Aude ... Martial Arts Freshman

Sarah Fairfax ... Mrs. Seay
Travis McKenna ... Milty

Lou Beatty Jr. ... Library Man

Andrew Bilgore ... Party Busting Cop
Alexia Chiaromonte ... Stunning Co-Ed Freshman
Brent Goldberg ... Freshman Interviewee 1
David Wagner ... Freshman Interviewee 2
Chad Evans ... Stoner Freshman
Brandon Kessel ... College Kid

Ryan Carlberg ... Worried Preppy Freshman

Matt Newton ... Male Sophomore (as Matthew Newton)

Edie McClurg ... Campus Tour Guide

Joyce Brothers ... Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)

Shaina Fewell ... Hot Senior
Megan Litwin ... Hotter Friend
Sarah Paul ... Terri
Michelle Thomas ... Sherri
Sirin Suprasert ... Suk Mee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Alfa ... Tranny Stripper (uncredited)
Megan Baker ... Student (uncredited)
Dan Beck ... Lamda Geek (uncredited)

Walt Becker ... Fireman (uncredited)

Victoria Blackburn ... Van's Friend (uncredited)
Sean Brennan ... Shoeshine DIK (uncredited)
Chad Brokaw ... DIK Brother (uncredited)
Scott Cappelli ... Rollerskater (uncredited)

Ryan Allen Carrillo ... Roller Skater (uncredited)
Heather Charles ... Luau Girl (uncredited)

Tom Everett Scott ... Elliot Grebb (uncredited)

Soren Fulton ... 10-Year-Old Boy (uncredited)

Reid Godshaw ... Drunk Boy (uncredited)

Marc S. Gordon ... Student Leader (uncredited)

Sean Gordon ... Rollerskater (uncredited)

Christopher D. Grace ... Drunken Frat Guy (uncredited)
Kelly Hayes ... Luau Party Guy (uncredited)

Jesse Heiman ... Student on Couch (uncredited)

Fancy Macelli ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Summer Moore ... Pajama Party-Goer (uncredited)

Bonnie Morgan ... Twisted Auditioner (uncredited)

Justin Neill ... Frat Guy (uncredited)

Alex Nesic ... ROTC Student (uncredited)
Daniel Oestreich ... Naked Runner (uncredited)
Louis E. Rosas ... Drag Queen (uncredited)

Steffen Schlachtenhaufen ... Student Bartender (uncredited)
Jennifer Schlueter ... Student (uncredited)

Skyler Stone ... Test Taker (uncredited)

Charlie Talbert ... Stomach Guy (uncredited)
Billy Taylor ... Student (uncredited)

Nathan Todaro ... Skating Rink Geek (uncredited)

Cassie Townsend ... Student (uncredited)
Greta Valenti ... Hot Roller Girl (uncredited)
Dave Vandermeuse ... Cowboy Lamda Brother (uncredited)

Josh Waters ... College Student on Campus Tour (uncredited)
Nik Wilcox ... Sychophant (uncredited)

Directed by
Walt Becker 
Writing credits
Brent Goldberg (written by) &
David Wagner (written by) (as David T. Wagner)

Produced by
Peter Abrams .... producer
Kirk D'Amico .... executive producer
Lucas Foster .... executive producer
Jeff Franks .... associate producer
Rick Joseph .... co-producer
Robert L. Levy .... producer
Jonathon Komack Martin .... producer
Peter Nelson .... co-producer
Ari Newman .... co-producer
Andrew Panay .... producer
Philip von Alvensleben .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Lawrence 
Cinematography by
James R. Bagdonas (director of photography) (as James Bagdonas)
Film Editing by
Dennis M. Hill 
Casting by
Barbara Fiorentino 
Production Design by
Rachel Kamerman 
Art Direction by
William J. Durrell Jr. 
Set Decoration by
Suzan Katcher 
Jill McGraw 
Costume Design by
Alexis Scott 
Makeup Department
Kim Beaird .... key hair stylist (as Kimberly 'Beverly' Beard)
Timothy Considine .... special makeup effects artist
Jeffrey S. Farley .... special makeup effects artist
Tina Harrelson .... makeup artist
Andrea Helm .... hair stylist
Martina Kohl .... key makeup artist
Susan Laprelle .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Deborah Reissman .... executive in charge of production
Michael Tinger .... post-production supervisor
Andjelija Vlaisavljevic .... production supervisor
Natan Zahavi .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael A. Allowitz .... first assistant director
Susie Balaban .... second second assistant director
Dirk Craft .... assistant director
David Hallinan .... first assistant director: second unit
Anna E. Hayward .... second assistant director
Elenie Mansalis .... second assistant director: additional photography
Art Department
Rich Andrade .... set dresser
William Apperson .... construction coordinator
Brian Bains .... on-set dresser
Daniel Chaves .... labor foreman
Gary Dent .... leadman
Brian Kline .... assistant property master
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... storyboard artist
Lisa Vasconcellos .... art department coordinator
Thomas R. Wagner .... property master
Sound Department
Richard Burnette .... mix facility coordinator
Robert Carr .... sound recordist
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
David Esparza .... sound effects editor
Frank A. Fuller Jr. .... sound editor
Marshall Garlington .... re-recording mixer
Kevin Hamilton .... adr editor
Kevin Hamilton .... dialogue editor
Daniel Hastings .... boom operator
Ben Jacob .... production sound mixer (as Itamar Ben-Jacob)
Ben Jacob .... sound engineer
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Lee Lemont .... supervising adr editor
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Marc Meyer .... first assistant sound editor
Anthony Milch .... dialogue editor
William Munroe .... additional boom operator
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Michael Payne .... sound effects editor
James L. Pearson .... sound editor
John Placencia .... utility sound technician
Martin Schloemer .... sound recordist
Alexander Schwartz .... foley artist
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Ken Teaney .... re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Jonathan Wareham .... sound effects editor
Aaron D. Weisblatt .... sound effects editor
Bernard Weiser .... supervising sound editor
Jeffrey R. Whitcher .... sound effects editor
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
James Marchione .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Stuart Provine .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Royce Hager .... special effects foreman
Josh Hakian .... special effects coordinator
Russ Herpich .... mold maker: Creature Effects Inc.
Mark Rappaport .... special effects makeup
Eric Von Scott .... animal special effects/prosthetics
Visual Effects by
Andy Davis .... digital compositor: Standard
Jessica James .... opticals: main title sequence producer
Jessica James .... visual effects producer
Don Lee .... digital compositor
Andrew MacDonald .... compositor: Creo Collective
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
Manny Chavez .... stunts
Dirk Christensen .... stunts
Joe Cofer .... stunts
Laura Lee Connery .... stunts
Thomas Dewier .... utility stunts
Johnny Martin .... stunt coordinator
Bobby Ore .... stunt performer
Brian Simpson .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Patti Arpaia .... still photographer
Chris Byers .... key grip
Gerrit Dangremond .... Steadicam operator
Gerrit Dangremond .... camera operator
Nate Foll .... electrician
Sean Ginn .... electrician
Barry Gross .... rigging gaffer
Julie Helton .... camera loader
John Hoffma .... rigging electrician
Jason Jensen .... second assistant camera
Mark Pickens .... dolly grip
John Placencia .... video assist operator
Bruce Reutlinger .... camera operator
Paul Storino .... grip
Rob Sweeney .... director of photography: second unit
Wally Sweeterman .... first assistant camera
Jon Tilton .... electric best boy
Toby Tucker .... film loader
Michael Chambliss .... hot head technician (uncredited)
Ryan Shopay .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rob Decina .... casting: New York
Barbara Fiorentino .... casting
Randi Hiller .... casting consultant
Jimmy Jue .... extras casting
Rebecca Mangieri .... casting associate
Summer Wesson .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura E. Little .... costumer
Gloria Maroun .... set costumer (as Gloria Fonseca)
Gregory B. Peña .... costume supervisor
Gregory B. Peña .... set costumer
Catherine Peña .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ryan Folsey .... additional editor
Bob Wenokur .... studio post-production representative
Andrew Chitko .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Edwin Avedissian .... location manager
Chris Kenny .... location assistant
Christopher W. Trott .... location manager
Music Department
Guy Defazio .... music mixer
Guy Erez .... musician
Sheri Ozeki .... music editor
Christopher Violette .... music supervisor (as Chris Violette)
Richard Ziegler .... music editor
Transportation Department
Michael J. Birnkrant .... driver
Eric Moon .... driver
Sean J. Moore .... transportation
Michael Perrotti .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Ronald Arthur Baker .... caterer
Darren Lynn Bousman .... production assistant
Neil Butler .... assistant: Lucas Foster
Francois Caillaud .... production assistant
Dayna Danika .... production coordinator
Melissa Engle .... production assistant
Corina Garcia .... assistant: Robert Levy and Peter Abrams (as Corinna Garcia)
Allison Graham .... marketing coordinator
Kelly Hayes .... production assistant
Scott Herrick .... first assistant accountant
Paula Hunziker .... script supervisor (as Paula Dussman)
Megan Litwin .... production assistant
Jeremy Martin .... assistant: Andrew Panay
Rebecca Merle .... production assistant (as Rebecca Koscinski)
Jennifer Monroe .... assistant: Jonathon Komack Martin (as Jennifer Hilton)
Billy Parks .... assistant: Lucas Foster
Gregory B. Peña .... set supervisor
J.C. Rappaport .... assistant: Kirk D'Amico
Taylor Saxon .... set medic
Anouk Schaaf .... assistant: Philip von Alvensleben
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... production assistant
Mollie Stallman .... production assistant
Randy Barach .... security officer (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative (uncredited)
Steven Jetton .... layout board (uncredited)
Mimi Clarke .... special thanks
Austin Lander .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Van Wilder: Party Liaison" - Australia, Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), Philippines (English title), UK, USA (working title)
"National Lampoon's Van Wilder" - USA (complete title)
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Rated R for strong sexual content, gross humor, language and some drug content
92 min | USA:94 min (unrated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Austria:14 | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) (also unrated version) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (also unrated version) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (also unrated version) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14+ (TV rating) | Finland:K-15 (TV rating) | Germany:12 (f) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Van's doodle repeatedly flips over between shots when Van visits Gwen in the women's locker room.See more »
Campus Cop:Sir, I'm going to have to ask you to back away from Van's vehicle!See more »
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31 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Ok, nothing new, but sill light and funny, 17 April 2004
Author: RIK-22 from Brussels, Belgium

Now that I am into my thirties I find most movies cliché and uninteresting, especially the action genre, SWAT, Face Off, Swordfish, XXX, Shaft, do I need to continue. Yet people for some reason actually pay money to see these films. I've started to enter my pompous intellectual phase, yet I still have a big weakness for teen movies.

Animal house, Ferris, Weird Science, Bachelor Party and more recently a resurgence with American Pie, Road Trip, Have the Cow and Van Wilder.

All of these films are great, IMO. Sure they are predictable, a bit cliché, sometimes gross and certainly a bit childish, but they are bloody funny. The only rule for a comedy is to be funny. I guess that if we are honest that period of our lives should be best. At least you have the innocence and optimism to know your life is all in front of you and getting laid and having fun, is pretty much the only thing on your mind (that hasn't changed if we are honest).

I am disappointed that so many people criticise a film that clearly wasn't meant to be taken too seriously and is genuinely funny. Great stuff please may it continue.

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