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One of the worst movies I have ever seen, and I have seen many many movies. Very predictable plot with no originality. The plot points seem to come straight from the mind of an uneducated 15 year old with no inkling of comedic dialog or situations. Although the lead actor was supposed to appear as a hero to his fellow students, he never supported that in anyway with his behavior on the screen. I guess we are just supposed to assume that he is 'all that'. I felt sorry for the actors having to say these ridiculous lines. Maybe the young teenage crowd would find this entertaining for the crude humor and flowery language, but anyone over the age of 17 should pass on this one.
After an hour of painfully watching this movie I couldn't take any more of it. Written by a 14 year old, it is both unfunny and unworthy of being in the National Lampoon category. Hold that thought, NL looks to be whoring their logo, similar to American Pie and Amityville. The film's premise appears to be the ultimate goal of generation Y's, or whatever the kids are called these days, which is to hold the ultimate party, or the never-ending party, or "hey look how cool I am, I can throw the wildest party." The main character, whom this movie is named after, is supposed to be some ultimate party thrower. (Gag me now, It's beginning to sound so stupid.) To please the races, he is given a token black roommate and an over the top horny Indian assistant. Politically correct rears it's ugly head again. A few icons from the 80s (Revenge of the Nerd's "Booger" & the Breakfast Club teacher) and Tim Mattheson as Wilder's dad are thrown into the fray in a feeble attempt to "try to legitimize" the whole thing. In fact, Wilder is a poor man's Otter and a Ferris Bueler wannabe. This film is wannabe all the way in its attempt to borrow things from other movies, like Wilder's sex with a nasty looking lady (stole Woody's fling from Kingpin ). For the makers to call this piece o' crap the "Animal House of the Millennium" is pure shameless blasphemy. Tara Reid turns in a lame performance, she wins the Padme award for "just laying there" through the whole film. I give this garbage a 1 out of 10 and rank it way down there with Maximum Overdrive, Carrey's Grinch, and CA Full Throttle.
I generally hate these teen sex comedies and I approached "Van Wilder"
with hesitation, but I actually found it to be quite entertaining and
humorous (if you're in the right mood, I suppose).
Ryan Reynolds (doing a great Chevy Chase impersonation) is a guy in his late 20s who has been at college for eight years and still doesn't have a graduation in sight. His father, a rich politician (played by Tim Matheson), finally decides to cut off his son's money and as a result, Van has to think of a way to come up with enough cash to stay in school.
Pretty soon Van becomes a party planner and uses his knowledge on partying to throw great ones for nerds. He makes money off of it and his business soon becomes quite lucrative.
If you like National Lampoon humor, you may like this. If you don't, you probably won't. I gave up on National Lampoon a long time ago but this is one of their better efforts in recent years. Don't get me wrong, it's not a great movie; but I found Reynolds (who seems to pick up a lot of flak) to be quite funny and Matheson and other ex-Lampoon star cameos were amusing.
Recommended for those who can enjoy stupid humor. If you liked "Dumb and Dumber," you'll probably enjoy this.
I thought this movie had some promise. i had an idea it was going to suck, but i didn't think it would be as bad as it was. National Lampoon's has ruined their name by attaching it to this dimwit, college comedy. there are maybe 3 parts in the movie which provoked a chuckle, the rest is just dumb comedy. I gave it a rating of 2.
Van Wilder was the very definition of formula movie. Everything that is done in this movie can be seen in a million other movies. It's also done a lot better in those million other movies. Ryan Reynolds was decent as Van Wilder... not that it was a very tough role too play. Tara Reid served as the eye candy that she normally plays... nothing special here. If you feel like seeing this movie, do yourself a favor and just rent "Animal House" or "American Pie."
Okay, this movie tried to be a cross between a light-hearted comedy and a
gross-out film in the tradition of Animal House and American Pie. Sadly,
could not achieve a satisfactory balance. The light-heartedness for the
part was good, however, the gross-out factor was for the most part
As a point, there is one scene in the movie (you'll know which one if you
watch it) where the sole purpose was to gross the audience out. And it
lasted entirely too long. They could have achieved the same affect in
a minute, however the scene lasted what felt like at least five minutes.
Note: do NOT eat before watching this film, you will regret
Ryan Reynolds played his part quite well. This type of comedy, he excels
It is a shame that the plot's turning point uses almost no
The WORST part of this movie was Gwen, as played by Tara Reid. Apparently,
she is under the misguided belief that being a good actress means staring
intensely in every scene. It's a comedy!, for crying out loud, and yet
continuously looks as though a doctor is informing her that a loved one
has a few hours left to live.
In conclusion, watching it on VHS/DVD is probably your best bet. That way
you can fast forward through the more disgusting scenes and most of Tara's
There is really nothing redeemable to even mention in this horror of film making. Ryan Reynolds is appealing, and so is Tara Reid but the movie itself is one long bad joke whap up in a blanket of recycle bad jokes of bad movies of the past. Please, walk away from this one.
Someone at National Lampoon seems to think they can recreate the success of their legendary college comedy Animal House. While I admit lots of really really bad movies targeted to young people these days have had some success, I have faith in my generation, that they will avoid this crap college flick, like they would avoid the cops when transporting alcohol in their backpacks to their desired party destination when they are underage. While I like to joke about college as much as the next guy, Van Wilder seems to have been written from every played out, cliche bit of college humor and comedy, rarely a scenario being close to accurate of real college life either.
This film, so far, is a genre all it's own. The genre it wants you to believe it fits into, would be the college comedy, the T&A, gross-out, bodily function type of film, minus the T&A, it has all that, but with a twist, a big gay twist. There was a point fairly early in this film when the characters go to a strip club, and I said, after seeing what had come before,if there is no female nudity in THIS scene, the director is completely gay. Now of course, he said back-pedaling, I don't know the director, or his sexual orientation, but it sure seems if he's not gay, he intended to make, as I said, the first "Gay college comedy" Now there's nothing wrong with making a gay college comedy, but hey, market it that way, let people know up front that there will be lots of male nudity, jokes about a dogs testicles, and jokes about men ingesting the issue of said testicles, men pulling down their pants and having explosive diarea into waste paper baskets. In my belief there are certain ingredients present to one degree or another in these types of films, and one you can't get away from is female nudity. See Road Trip to see this formula at it's modern (okay...90's) apex, Amy Smart goes topless, while in Van Wilder Tara Reid, decided not to show what many who watched assumed they'd see. There should be, in my opinion, a law, or at least a contract rider that says if you want to appear in a college comedy, (Miss Reid) you've got to show off what the public wants, and expects, and if not, well, hire another actress, but as I said, that's just my opinion. Now nudity, male or female won't make an unfunny movie funny, or worth sitting through, but at least it might feel like a reward for sitting through something at horrible, and unfunny as this movie. But if you feel like conducting your own experiment in terror, watch this, but get a copy of Road Trip as a palate cleanser for afterwards, it's not Citizen Kane, but it's amusing and the man who directed it finds new and interesting ways to expose the female form, the thing that many will be expecting to see when they watch this type of movie. And as a last note, I'm not gay bashing, I'm Van Wilder bashing!
Approximately two small laughs and a decent performance by Ryan Reynolds... but the rest is absolute dreck. Took everything I had not to pitch the set out into the parking lot.
Not really even worth the $1.00 for the WEEKLY rental.
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