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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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Taglines:

If you're going for an advanced degree in partying... why graduate? 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gwen's letter to Van's father reads as follows (spelling, punctuation, and syntax errors left intact):

Coolidge College Newspaper

Journalism Dept

Gwen Pearson

You don't know me, and that's exactly the way I like it. For four years, I've handed in all my articles ahead of time, grooming myself for the real world... And I, like many of us, defined the real world as everything that goes on outside the gates of this campus. The stuff that happens after graduation.

I, like many of us, was wrong about that definition. It took a man named Van Wilder to teach me that. If I have not captured your attention until just now, I'm at all surprised. Anyone who has attended this university during these past seven years has undoubtedly been to one of Van's parties. He has probably touched your life in some way whether you know it or not.

Watch Van Wilder do belly flops into the pool, but make sure you see he raised $5,000.00 to give the swim team another season. Also don't forget he raised over $6,000.00 for AIDS research in "The Naked Mile Run".

As you are all no doubt aware, Van was almost expelled, but what you may not know is that he was set up by a pathetic, egomeniacal frat boy. Who this writer knows firsthand has a problem with premature ejaculation.

In reaction to this lynching, Van Wilder once again took the road less traveled.

He has put in more effort in the last six days then most of us put in all semester.

Win or lose, we should all be thankful to him, for reminding us what we are all capable of. He taught an uptight, unhappy reporter about life. He brought back her smile, her joy, her passion.

It is simply what he does. He inspires the uninspired. See more »

Goofs

During Van's halftime speech, he says how he is going to invite girls from Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts, yet the logo on the basketball court is for the Big Sky, a conference in the Northwestern United States See more »

Quotes

[after tasting Jager]
Kid: This tastes like shit! You got any scotch?
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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

Region 1 "unrated version" contains additional footage not shown in theaters. The scene added back into the film is the gay students who audition to be Van's assistant at the beginning. See more »

Connections

References Rocky (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Turn Me On
Written by Andy McCluskey (as Andrew McCluskey), Stewart Kershaw
Performed by Atomic Kitten
Courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd./Virgin Records America, Inc.
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User Reviews

 
Hilariously funny!
14 April 2004 | by wolfyblSee all my reviews

This movie is hilariously funny! I've seen it more than 4 times and it gets funnier every time! Ryan Reynolds is hilarious as Van Wilder, the lead role. Being that this is a National Lampoon movie, one would expect it to be funny. It definitely lives up to expectations of the previous National Lampoon movies. The script is ingenious and is extremely well-written. Many parts of the movie are unexpected, which makes it all the more enjoyable. This movie is so much fun to watch over and over again. The part with the dog and the "eclairs" is hilarious in itself. Although this is one of Reynolds' first movies, it is a big hit. Surely, we can look for more hilarious movies like this one in the future.


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