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A mediocre movie in a mediocre genre (a college word for sophmoric movies
about college), but let's focus on the bright spots.
Ryan Reynolds's charisma almost makes this movie worth watching. The Indian sidekick (Asian, not Tonto) was a fresh touch in a movie full of stereotypes. I can overlook the fact that the character's name was Taj Mahal.
I'm not sure if this counts as a spoiler, but yes there's nudity in this movie. One of Van's fundraising ventures is the topless tutor - sort of a midriff level teleprompter. Nudity so gratiutous that it's funny. But I thought they wasted this joke, one of the more original ones in the movie, by cutting it short. This scene should have been drawn out to show some more lengthy memorization to better reflect what college is sometimes like. Was the director afraid that the audience would get bored? Staring contests always make me laugh, so maybe there's some comic potential here for a future flick.
On the downside, the movie gets worse as it goes along. Any movie that climaxes with the bad guy taking a dump just isn't worth, uh, sitting down for. I'm down with gross out humor, but laxative pranks just aren't funny anymore.
I turned on the TV (The movie network) and wanted to find a good comedy (clean or dirty wasn't a particular diffrence to me). I chose National Lampoon's Van Wilder. After watching through all the gross, totally inappropreate and needlessly disgusting scenes, I sat to down to write my shock and disappointment with regards to this movie. This film failed to meet my expectations in every possible way. Not only was it not funny, I couldn't see effort to make it funny. Anyone who calls this a comedy needs to get a reality check, and watch Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The diffrence between the two movies was that while the humour was intended to be the same, one movie failed horribly. In conclusion, I must advise people not to spend $20 CDN on the video tape, or waste two hours of your precious time watching this garbage.
this movie is more than bad...It is trying to be funny by being vulgar but I think it is just plain gross.I wasted my time watching this when I could have been doing something useful and more entertaining like cleaning the bathroom. Horrible, tasteless movie.
Oh come on!
This is just one of those American Pie like movies. It has some humorous moments, but overall it's just plain predictable. Why is it that all (commercial) American movies have to contain a moral?! To conclude: it didn't entertain me at all.
I can't believe what classifies as comedy nowadays. If you think fake vomit is hillarious, this is the movie for you because it tries to get laughs out of it numerous times throughout the "film". The main actors in this movie are fine, and they aren't the problem. The problem is the lack of actual jokes. Instead they go for the gross out humor, which isn't even well done because it is done in such a cartoony manner that it wouldn't gross out my grandma. National Lampoon needs to get out of the movie business. Animal House was a 10, Vacation was a 7 and this movie is 2. By my calculations, their next theatrical release will most likely rate a minus 5, so why bother.
I've heard so much about this movie and how funny it was, but when I
it I hardly found anything funny at all. There are a few scenes which are
slightly comical, but for the most part I wished I never rented it.
People have talked about this movie vs the original Animal House. I have to say this movie isn't nor could ever come close to the original Animal House. Now that movie was a great, funny and comical movie...a real classic.
If you plan on renting or buying this movie don't because it's a waste of both money and time.
Van Wilder is billed as an Animal House for the 21st centruy and it comes to close to being there but it doesn't make it. While the film is funny in it's own right and features some great nude scenes the film didn't have that Animal House magic. Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid both do give great performances though and the film has a great supporting cast.
I went to see this with my 16 year-old cousin. He'd previously seen the
movie and asked me to go see it with him one more time, because apparently,
the movie is just THAT good.
And let me tell you right away; IT ISN'T THAT GOOD!
Plot summary isn't all that necessary - the important thing in this movie is to get some laughs out of people...and it only nearly succeeds in this attempt. The comedy is as subtle as Ryan Reynolds' acting in general, so...not very! But, Reynolds must get credit for portraying this role, it could have gone even more wrong than this had it been some other - more famous - actor portraying the part of Van Wilder. If anyone has seen him in 2 Guys & A Girl, you won't be able to tell the difference from Van Wilder & Berg (the role in 2 guys...). But again, Reynolds does what he has to and he does that well. Tara Reid is equally as good in the role of Gwen, the serious student who is to write a piece on Van Wilder.
Can you guess how this movie ends? NO? Well I'm not gonna give it away. The movie has its funny moments, even for a girl like me, but I would at anytime much rather see a comedy without the hints of penis, boobs, dog sperm, farting uncontrollably etc. But - for a 16 year-old boy this movie simply rocks, he couldn't stop laughing from the cinema till we got home.
I saw this film in a sneak preview, so obviously I didn't know what i had to expect. I hadn't heard of the movie, so it took a while until I figured what an unpleasant surprise this film really was. The "humor" or as whatever you went to refer to it, was predictable and just plain unfunny. The acting...oh, just don't get me started. On the whole, a terrible movie
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VAN WILDER overall is a very funny movie, though the sometimes very rude
humor will not fit everyone. Basically the movie tells a love story
Van Wilder (long-term college student who after 7 years of college is part
of the inventory) and Gwen Pearson (fellow student and editor of the
newspaper). The editor-in-chief of her paper promises her the title page
the graduation paper if she manages to come up with an investigative story
about Van Wilder. During her research and the two of them meeting for
interviews etc. the story evolves.
That seems to be the part written for the girls, whereas all the parties, jokes etc. that support and lighten up the basic story apparently are written for the guys. Crude jokes in the tradition of "American Pie 1&2" and "Road Trip" will guarantee that people who liked the mentioned movies will love this one, too. In my opinion this sexually oriented humor even sets a few new highlights in this genre, but as I said these scenes will be very appalling to others.
At some time or another I thought that this movie obviously has been a product of consequent market research: The movie is made to appeal to two major target audiences. Both fans of movies like "American Pie" or any other sex/party/college comedy and of movies like "10 things I hate about you" or similar teen-romances COULD like this movie. The problem and/or (dis)advantage of this mixed approach is that even though you might like one part of the movie the other part COULD destroy it within the next few minutes. That also seems to be the reason for the average ratings.
WARNING SPOILER START >>> The one and only point about this movie I especially DISliked was the way the Indian student was presented. One can take this as part of the rude humor, but personally I think it goes a step to far by making fun of the Indian culture. This probably is a typical German problem as we (nowadays) are carefully educated not to make jokes about other peoples/races. <<< SPOILER END
You will love this movie if you like the sexually oriented humor of movies like "American Pie" AND can live with a somewhat weak love story.
You will maybe also enjoy VAN WILDER if you like all kinds of romances with a high school or college setting AND can cope with a sometimes very rude humor.
You definitely will hate this movie if you neither like silly humor as mentioned above nor predictable romances (especially with the well-worn college setting).
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