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Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  1 December 2006 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Taj
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Charlotte
Daniel Percival ...
Pip
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Seamus
Anthony Cozens ...
Gethin
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Simon
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Sadie
Tom Davey ...
Percy
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Roger
Beth Steel ...
Penelope
Amy Steel ...
Alexandra
Jonathan Cecil ...
Provost Cunningham
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Camford Dean
Kulvinder Ghir ...
Taj's Father
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Taj's Mother
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Storyline

Having graduated in the US as Van Wilder disciple, now self-confident Taj Mahal. arrives as 'don' (teaching assistant) history at England's super-prestigious Cambridge. He falls victim to the haughty, aristocratic leading fraternity's aristocratic president Pip's usual prank for 'commoners', landing in the derelict 'barn' with other 'social outcasts'. But Taj decides to band the rejects into a new fraternity, Cocks & Bulls, which under his leadership challenges Pip's in the annual all-round excellence championship. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for pervasive crude sexual content, some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj  »

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$2,313,372 (USA) (1 December 2006)

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$4,259,591 (USA) (5 January 2007)
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Trivia

The name Camford is a cross between the names Cambridge and Oxford, the two most prestigious universities in England. This is a reversal of the name Oxbridge which was created by Virginia Woolf. See more »

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The candles when they are fighting have already been cut so that when the gentleman from the Fox and Hound hit them, they fall over. See more »

Quotes

Seamus: [offering Taj liquor] I'm sorry I lumped you in the face, mate. Fancy a sneaky quick one?
Taj: No, no, no. I think you've given me enough sneaky quick ones for the day. Thank you, Seamus.
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Don't watch this
2 December 2006 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

First let me start by saying I was a huge Van Wilder fan and enjoy all of Kal Penn's work, be it in Van Wilder, Harold & Kumar, and even American Desi. This film, however, was a disaster. The plot is unimaginative; Taj arrives in a British university and leads a misfit group of losers against a wealthy, socially elite house in an intra-fraternal competition. The object of Taj's affection unfortunately winds up being the girlfriend of his biggest antagonist, the head of the rival fraternity house (see the original Van Wilder for a blatantly similar romantic situation).

This just wasn't funny at all. I crack up pretty easily and laughed less than 5 or 6 times during an hour an a half. And even then, I was forcing it just because I felt like I forked down $10, and if I didn't even laugh once, I'd have been bamboozled of my money. The only redeeming scenes are those featuring Taj's parents, who are in the film for less than 10 minutes and managed to pull my rating from a 1 to a 2. Every other joke was corny, unfunny, and otherwise dull. The writing and directing were so uninspired that it was actually painful to watch this movie. The problem with this film was half conceptual too, since Taj was only funny in Van Wilder in the limited doses we got. Goofy Indian accents aren't enough to carry an hour and a half long poorly written train wreck, and that's what we saw here.

The thing that really bothered me was that I could feel Kal Penn's career dying before my eyes. I really don't know how anyone who read this script could agree to do it, especially him, because he was the only actor with a future in this movie. He had at least moderate buzz going for him after a string of decent performances, and then releases this nonsense. I can only hope that movie studios will forgive him, because it was difficult to watch this.


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