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Van Wilder: Freshman Year -- The man. The myth. The beginning.  It's freshman year at Coolidge College and Van Wilder (Jonathan Bennett) is ready to party. To his dismay, all the girls have taken a vow of chastity and an uptight Dean (Kurt Fuller) rules the school.
Van Wilder: Freshman Year -- Clip: Colossus, the bulldog
Van Wilder: Freshman Year -- Clip: You're a thong girl
Van Wilder: Freshman Year -- Clip: Sex 101


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The man. The myth. The beginning.
Van Wilder starts his freshman year at Coolidge College and embarks on an adventure to land the campus hottie and liberate his school from sexual oppression and party dysfunction. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jonathan Bennett ... Van Wilder

Kristin Cavallari ... Kaitlin Hayes

Kurt Fuller ... Dean Charles Reardon

Steve Talley ... Lt. Dirk Arnold

Nestor Aaron Absera ... Farley

Nick Nicotera ... Corporal Benedict (as Nic Nac)

Jerry Shea ... Yu Dum Fok / Steve

Meredith Giangrande ... Eve

Irene Keng ... Dongmei

Linden Ashby ... Vance Wilder Sr.

Mike Pniewski ... General Thomas

Brett Rice ... Sergeant Hayes

Mike Brune ... Irving Peppler

Leland L. Jones ... Reverend Dawkins (as Leland Jones)

Dennis Luciani ... Professor Downs

Sonny Shroyer ... Coach Bob
Terrie Thompson ... Reardon's Wife

Jasmine Burke ... Molly

Andy Stahl ... Principal (as Andrew Stahl)

L. Warren Young ... Campus Cop

Greg Savage ... Campus Cop

Brian Beegle ... Recon Leader
Ashleigh Dunn ... Lyndsey

Hayes Mercure ... First Squad Raider

Shaun Michael Lynch ... Squad Captain (as Shaun Lynch)
Nicholas Frazzano ... Squad Captain

Sean Nateghi ... Dirk's Crony
Nicholas Kerves ... Dirk's Crony (as Nick Kerves)
Rick Calik ... Dirk's Crony
Amanda Best ... Hot Freshman Girl (as Mandy Best)
Allie Taylor ... Hot Freshman Girl
Alexa Johns ... Danish Dish
Lizzie Oldem ... Danish Dish
Robert Peterson ... Quarterback

Chase Steven Anderson ... Excited Guy (as Chase Anderson)
Champ ... Colossus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Drew Chase ... Man Down
David Hoang ... Spectator
Shaad Rashad ... Other Student (as Rashad Hawkins)

Karen Valero ... College Student

Cesar Aguirre ... Student (uncredited)
Badar ... Football Fan (uncredited)
Paul Bednarz ... College Student (uncredited)

Tim Blanchard ... College Student (uncredited)
Drew Branch ... College Student (uncredited)
Bobby Browning ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Ondie Daniel ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Nicholas Giancola ... 3rd Squad Lead Cronie (uncredited)

Julie Guy ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Jackey Hall ... Dean Rearden's Masseuse (uncredited)
Roger Herrera ... Football Fan (uncredited)

Daniel Hirsh ... Parent of Graduate (uncredited)
Noel Holston ... Distinguished Professor (uncredited)
Eli Jones ... Cru Jones (uncredited)

Alana Jordan ... Dorm Girl (uncredited)
Matthew Kent ... College Student (uncredited)
Scottie Knollin ... Student (uncredited)
Shawn Knowles ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Kimberly Lambert ... College Student (uncredited)
Micheal Leath ... Raider (uncredited)

Gabby Lecea ... Football Fan (uncredited)
Dawn Lyn ... College Student (uncredited)

Lynn McArthur ... Rocker Chick / College Student (uncredited)
Patrick McDonald ... Reardon's Raider (uncredited)

Faye Yvette McQueen ... Cafeteria Worker (uncredited)

Darryl D. Moore ... Parent of Graduate (uncredited)
Debra Moss ... Family Member (uncredited)
Brandon Near ... Dirk's Raider (uncredited)

Lilly Nelson ... Student (uncredited)

Bill Pacer ... 2 Star General (uncredited)
John Fitzgerald Page ... Waiter (uncredited)

John Pleasant ... ROTC Student (uncredited)

Yvette Rachelle ... Blondie (uncredited)
Eddie Rattanasouk ... Football Fan (uncredited)

Mike Santoro ... College Kid (uncredited)
Brian Spencer ... Parent of Graduate (uncredited)
David Suri ... Football Fan (uncredited)

Sonya Thompson ... Professor (uncredited)
Corey Valerio ... Cronie #6 (uncredited)
Norman Wakefield ... College Student (uncredited)
Joe Walsh ... Parent at Graduation (uncredited)

Steve Warren ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Michael Blake Woodruff ... Party Student (uncredited)
Mandy Yaughn ... Football Fan (uncredited)
Lorenzo Yearby ... Nerd #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
Harvey Glazer  (as Harv Glazer)
Writing credits
Brent Goldberg (characters) and
David Wagner (characters) (as David T. Wagner)

Todd McCullough (written by)

Produced by
Peter Abrams .... producer
Sam Bernard .... executive producer
Kat Blasband Page .... co-producer (as Katherine Blasband)
Kirk D'Amico .... executive producer
Robert L. Levy .... producer
Ari Newman .... co-producer
Andrew Panay .... producer
Darin Spillman .... executive producer
Natan Zahavi .... executive producer
Original Music by
Nathan Wang 
Cinematography by
Shawn Maurer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Aden Bahadori 
Suzanne Hines 
Mahi Rahgozar 
Casting by
Mandy Sherman 
Production Design by
David Dreyer 
Joseph Litsch  (as Joe Litsch)
Set Decoration by
Joseph Litsch  (as Joe Litsch)
Dan Post 
Costume Design by
Luellyn Harper 
Makeup Department
Lay'Na Anderson .... assistant makeup artist
Andrea C. Brotherton .... assistant hair stylist (as Andrea Brotherton)
Roxanne Ferguson .... key hair stylist
T.A. Henderson .... assistant hair stylist
Wanda Patterson .... makeup artist
Keitric Starks .... assistant makeup artist
Shunika Terry .... assistant hair stylist
Dionne Wynn .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Sherwood Jones .... post-production supervisor
Tatiana Komlos .... production supervisor (as Tatiana K. Post)
Day Permuy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derrick Doose .... second second assistant director
Evans Griffin .... second second assistant director
Adam Jordan .... second second assistant director
Amir R. Khan .... second assistant director (as Amir Khan)
James J.D. Taylor .... first assistant director
Art Department
Joseph F. Beeco .... construction coordinator (as Joseph Beeco)
Dwight Benjamin-Creel .... props master (as Dwight B. Creel)
Taylor Bennett .... paint foreman
Marty Corser .... props assistant
Jerry Davenport .... construction foreman
Cayman Eiler .... assistant: production designer
Shawn M. Gray .... assistant property master (as Shawn Gray)
Jermaine Ivey .... set dresser
Barry James .... paint foreman
Kip Jamison .... set dresser (as Kip Jamieson)
Ellen L. Kerr .... buyer (as Ellen Kerr)
Julie Kobsa .... props assistant
Ryan Kutch .... set dresser
Amy Lehman .... product placement coordinator
Konrad Lewis .... on-set dresser
Chauncey Myshkin .... set dresser
Robert Tate Nichols .... leadman (as Tate Nichols)
Ron Pruette .... set painter
Katrina Rice .... props assistant
Philip Salick .... leadman (as Phil Salik)
Dan Savage .... gang boss
Roland Spence .... set dresser
Andy G. Strauss .... picture car coordinator
Adam Sumner .... set dresser
Erin Thornton .... art department intern
Monika van Schellenbeck .... buyer (as Monica van Scellenbeck)
James Vasilovic .... set dresser
Greg Waddle .... leadman
Sound Department
Scott Casillas .... foley effects
Lorita de la Cerna .... foley mixer & editor
Brian Didsbury .... boom operator
Vincent Guisetti .... foley effects
Jae Kim .... foley effects
Colt Logan .... boom operator
Dessie Markovsky .... adr
Dessie Markovsky .... supervising sound editor
Tom Ozanich .... sound re-recording mixer
Emile Razpopov .... sound designer
Vesco Razpopov .... sound effects props
Aron Siegel .... sound mixer
Andy Snavley .... dialogue editor
Andy Snavley .... sound editor
Andy Snavley .... sound re-recording mixer
Trevor Stott .... sound utility
Todd Weaver .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Lisa Reynolds .... special effects foreman
Bob Shelley .... special effects coordinator (as Bob Shelly)
Visual Effects by
Aden Bahadori .... visual effects producer: Pixalite
Seth Brown .... digital artist
Nick Flook .... visual effects artist
John Iskandar .... visual effects
Tom Martinez Jr. .... digital artist
Roger Nall .... visual effects supervisor
Michael E. Phillips .... digital editing consultant (as Michael Phillips)
Mike Sevigny .... visual effects artist
Anderson Martin .... stunt coordinator (as Andy Martin)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Antignane .... additional grip
Irie Bailey .... electrician
Shelley Baldwin .... additional electrician
Mike Besaw .... grip
Chris Birdsong .... key grip
Darrell Charles .... additional electrician
Guy D'Alema .... still photographer
Alfeo Dixon .... additional director of photography: second unit
Alfeo Dixon .... camera operator: "b" camera
Alexander Falk .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Alex Falk)
Rodney Gaskin .... electrician
Anthony Jacobs .... additional electrician
Sylvia Kay .... grip
Nathaniel Kendrick Jr. .... gaffer
Levi Loy .... best boy grip
Todd Marshall .... camera operator
Nathan McConnell .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jim McKinney .... camera operator: "a" camera
Alan Melling .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Connor O'Malley .... additional grip
David Parker .... grip
Stoke T. Renigade Patterson .... best boy electric (as Stroke Renegade)
Mike Pearce .... additional electrician
Daniel Pederson .... additional grip (as Daniel Pedersen)
Bruce Robinson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John E. Stephens .... dolly grip (as John Stephens)
Cris Toebben .... additional electrician
Matthew Horn .... camera intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Janella Bersabal .... extras casting assistant: Atlanta
Shay Griffin .... casting director: Atlanta (as Shay Bentley Griffin)
Jaime Harlan .... casting director assistant: Los Angeles
Patrick Ingram .... extras casting director: Atlanta
John Fitzgerald Page .... extras casting assistant
Nathan Wright .... extras casting production assistant: Atlanta
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Layne Brightwell .... costume supervisor
Kate Duke .... costume assistant
Randy Edwards .... costume assistant (as Randie Edwards)
Paradise Franklin .... costume assistant
Daniel George .... set costumer (as Dan George)
Jeff Gillies .... costume assistant
Rhonney Greene .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Jay Hunt .... editorial assistant
Chris Lazar .... assistant editor
Robert J. Lemos .... assistant editor (as Robert Lemos)
Chuck Nosworthy .... colorist (as Chuck Noseworthy)
Dan Racicot .... assistant editor
Igor Ridanovic .... on-line editor
Andrew Sommer .... assistant editor
Ron Wisman Jr. .... additional editor
Keith Roush .... additional post-production services (uncredited)
Music Department
Amjad Albasel .... composer: additional music
Amjad Albasel .... composer: stock music
Paul Di Franco .... music supervisor (as Paul DiFranco)
Jean-Paul DiFranco .... music coordinator
Michael Dittrick .... supervising music editor
Amber Funk .... music editor
Jeremy Sweet .... composer: additional music (2009-2010)
Transportation Department
Dennis G. Carter .... production van driver (as Dennis Carter)
Jerry Carter .... construction driver
Marshall Hovies .... combo driver
Peter McGoran .... driver: set dressing
Ken Nevin .... transportation captain (as Kenny Nevin)
David Carlton White .... stakebed driver (as David White)
Other crew
Haley Billue .... production secretary
Kalena Boller .... location manager (as Kalena Smith)
Justin Bones .... set production assistant
Reagan Brandon .... script supervisor (as Reagan L. Brandon)
Bonnie Chaney .... additional accountant
Erin Charles .... production coordinator
Kamien Faison .... intern
Eric Forth .... caterer
Nicholas Giancola .... intern production assistant
Nicholas Giancola .... stand-in: Dean Reardon
Tameka Gibson .... intern
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance
Matthew Kelly Jackson .... production assistant (as Matt Jackson)
Adam Jordan .... key set production assistant
Zach Kane .... craft service
Jessie Sasser Kloos .... production assistant (as Jessie Daniel)
Sedrick Lakpa .... production assistant
Chuck Manning .... stand-in: Mr. Bennett
Ben McIver .... assistant location manager
Adam Miller .... locations
Amber Mitchell .... intern
Kendra L. Patterson .... intern (as Kendra Patterson)
Jason Payne .... caterer
Marilyn Penn .... post-production accountant
Day Permuy .... pre-production consultant
Alan Robbins .... set medic
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services
Jayne Royall .... production accountant
Walter Royall .... payroll supervisor
Vicki L. Sawyer .... production accountant (as Vicki Sawyer)
Gene Michael Smith .... production assistant (as Gene Smith)
Stan Swofford .... key set medic
Brian Tinch .... production assistant
Carol Tresan .... animal trainer
Greg Tresan .... animal wrangler
Freddy Turner .... production assistant
Paul Van Den Bosch .... production assistant
Dana Wasdin .... stand-in: Ms. Cavallari
Gresszelle Williams .... caterer (as Gresszell Williams)
Justin Zelik .... assistant: Mr. Levy
Seth Zimmerman .... assistant location manager

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Rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content, language and drug use
98 min
Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Denmark:15 | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:16 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:R (certificate #44997)

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
It wasn't trash, but not very funny either.., 20 May 2010
Author: Girish Gowda from BangaLore

I loved Ryan Reynold's Van Wilder and I also liked Van Wilder 2: Rise Of Taj as Kal Penn is one of the funniest actors out there. My friend gave this to me to watch as he found it to be very funny and he knew that I liked the first two movies. But Van Wilder 3 is just a cheap spin-off of the franchise to make more money by using the name of Van Wilder. Standing on its own, this wouldn't even have made as much money as it did on the name of the franchise.

This film is a prequel of the first movie and starts by introducing Van Wilder (Jonathan Bennett) when he is in freshman year at Coolidge College. The college is run under the strict Dean Charles Reardon (Kurt Fuller) who is also a military guy. There is not much fun in the college, no parties, no kissing on campus and Van Wilder wants to liberate his college from sexual oppression and party dysfunction. He also meets a girl, Kaitlin Hays (Kristin Cavallari) who is very sexy, beautiful and she wants to be in the military! But he is head over heels in love with her, though she already has a boyfriend who is the dean's pet and training for the military. So, begins Van Wilder's journey into the as yet, unknown (for him) Coolidge College.

The first thing that hits you right in the face is Jonathan Bennett's immense effort to look and act like Ryan Reynolds (one of my favourite actors). Because, lets face it, he probably isn't that good an actor by himself. Also Kristin Cavallari is insanely sexy and hot. Instead of every other girl being naked, she should have been naked. It would have worked just fine for me. Kurt Fuller is a guy I have seen in so many movies and TV shows, but I never knew the guy's name. He is a pretty good actor, just doesn't work for this movie. But, I loved his portrayal of Zacharaiah in 'Supernatural'. The plot is the same as in many other college movies of this kind and the first Van Wilder movie also. I have no problem with that, but in that movie Van Wilder is actually a compassionate human being, rather than an all out party and sex animal. Here we have his two friends, one a pot-head Jamaican and the other is a Chinese named, Yu Dumb Fok (Ha ha! so funny, not). There is also his dog, Collosus's origin story here! There were some pretty hilarious moments though; the dildos beneath the bench at church was awesome, the dog sucking the Dean was funny too. Other than that, this was just another excuse to get girls naked and a cheap rip-off the Van Wilder franchise.


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