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Van Wilder (2002)

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The most popular kid on campus meets a beautiful journalist who makes him realize that maybe he's afraid to graduate.

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Walt Becker

Writers:

Brent Goldberg, David Wagner (as David T. Wagner)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Van Wilder
Tara Reid ... Gwen Pearson
Tim Matheson ... Vance Wilder Sr.
Kal Penn ... Taj Mahal Badalandabad
Teck Holmes ... Hutch
Daniel Cosgrove ... Richard Bagg
Deon Richmond ... Mini Cochran
Alex Burns Alex Burns ... Gordon
Emily Rutherfurd ... Jeannie
Paul Gleason ... Professor McDoogle
Erik Estrada ... Erik Estrada
Curtis Armstrong ... Campus Cop
Jason Winer ... Panos Patakos
Chris Owen ... Suicidal Freshman
Simon Helberg ... Vernon
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Storyline

In certain circles, Van Wilder is a living legend at Coolidge College, where he's been a student now for seven years, not yet having completed his degree requirements. Despite being bright, he never attends classes anymore, instead hosting parties, imparting his brand of wisdom to his adoring fans, hosting school organization fundraisers, and rallying the college spirit among the student body. Conversely, Van loves his Coolidge life. In his antics, he has a 2ic in Hutch, and always hires a personal assistant, this year's being a South Asian transfer student named Taj, who wants to learn from the best, namely Van. Van's college life is threatened when his wealthy neglectful father only now learns that Van is still in school, Wilder Sr. who has been paying his way all this time. As such, Wilder Sr. pulls the plug on that subsidy, meaning that Van has to figure out a way to pay for his Coolidge life. Because of his living legend status, Van becomes the subject of a series of articles by ... Written by Huggo

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Born to be wilder! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, gross humor, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Van Wilder See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,302,913, 7 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,005,329, 12 May 2002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kal Penn and Ryan Reynolds are very good friends See more »

Goofs

When Van is getting ready to run the Naked Mile Run, he supposedly takes off his underwear. However, his underwear is still showing after that shot. See more »

Quotes

Jeannie: This party so rocks, Richard!
Richard: This party sucks rectum, Jeannie!
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Crazy Credits

A couple of deleted scenes play on during the end credits including makeout scene outtakes and others. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions have been released on DVD in the USA: the theatrical R-rated cut and an extended unrated version. The unrated version features nearly four minutes of bonus footage not seen in the theatrical release. See more »

Connections

References Ms. Pac-Man (1982) See more »

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Don't Look Now
Written by Patrick Tuzzolino (as P. Tuzzolino), Michael Sherwood (as M. Sherwood),
Julius Robinson (as J. Robinson)
Performed by Patrick Tuzzolino
Courtesy of Skywriter Productions, LLC
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Terribly Tasteless but Hilariously Funny
5 December 2005 | by dingo865See all my reviews

This movie is exactly what you expect from the genre: mindless fluff with adolescent jokes, nudity, and lots of gross-out stuff. It is, however, unapologetic about it, and invests a lot to carry things to the extreme, which is what gives it its charm. If you cannot take any of the above and find enjoyment in them, don't waste your time with Van Wilder.

If, on the other hand, you like vomit-inducing pranks, beautiful young girls flashing their boobies, and hilarious one-liners galore peppered by a huge dose of stereotypes (but without hatred), you will have one of the most entertaining 2 hours of your life. Every time it plays on TV I find myself watching it again and again. The two leading male actors, Ryan Reynolds and Kal Penn, are exceptional as usual, and Tara Reid, while she offers her customary wooden non-performance, fills out her role enough not to be painful. A surprise find is the actor playing Tara's boyfriend: he plays so well, you will LOVE to hate him.

All I can say is, with college for 20 years behind me, I wish I had a Van Wilder when I was attending school. And the movie even has a message!


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