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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.
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.
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.
Apparently some critic felt the need to make a name for himself and proclaimed this film to be "Animal House for the new generation!"...This film is nothing like Animal House. It couldn't be farther from it, for one simple reason. "Van Wilder" tries, and why it does I can't imagine, to wrap itself in sentiment and messages about maturity or something to that effect. It tries to come to a reasonable conclusion. In "Animal House" they just said "F*** it" and trashed the parade. Have screenwriters forgotten what made "Animal House" a classic? It wasn't the crude humor or the massive displays of lust, although those contributed. What made the Deltas great was the sense of unbridled anarchy that few "teen films", if any, have captured since. "Van Wilder" is a disgrace to the National Lampoon logo and its creators should be stoned at the city gates.
Ryan Reynolds is truly gifted, which is why he survived this disaster that only tacked on the "National Lampoon" name after it was finished in a vain attempt to link this campus comedy to "Animal House," a true masterpiece compared to this complete and utter embarrassment. This movie tanked at the box office, even in the areas where the allure of "air conditioning" is a main draw. Who in their right mind would commit money to this fiasco except a group of real estate developers looking for a tax break, or perhaps some hillbillies who accidentally struck oil when they were out hunting for possums. Avoid at all costs. And you wonder why Tara Reid is now an E! Channel hostess?
The National Lampoon magazine folded during the filming of their "Loaded Weapon 1" movie back in the 90s, and since then they've dished out nothing but weak remakes of earlier classics, and "Van Wilder" proves to be no exception. Ryan Reynolds is typically annoying as the title character who frees his college from studying and the ideal to better oneself and turns it into a party-zone with the help of recycled gags, predictable one-liners, and a slew of bad supporting actors and actresses. You probably liked this better however, when it featured John Belushi and was called "Animal House."
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