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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.

Director:

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:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

Richard's fraternity is called Delta Iota Kappa. The initials spell DIK. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie there is a kid about to jump to his death at the top of one of the campus buildings. When Van approaches him to talk him down he has his hands crossed behind his back. In the next shot they are on his hips (apparently so that we can see that he has no pants on). One shot later, from the front view, his hands are folded behind his back again. See more »

Quotes

Taj: Doesn't she have a boyfriend?
Van Wilder: Details. Only details.
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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

Referenced in Psych: This Episode Sucks (2011) 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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I will never eat a creamstick again!
2 August 2004 | by BuffySopranoSee all my reviews

I am not a fan of gross out humor, but there was something about this movie that cracked me up. I absolutely LOVE Ryan Reynolds. I think he is a gifted comedian, and this was a great forum for him to get himself "out there."

I thought the dog jokes were extremely gross, especially the eclair scene, and I will NEVER be able to eat another one again! (Also, custard now makes me gag. :))

I enjoyed Taj, and thought the actor did a great job with that role. I imagine it was difficult to do with a straight face.

The one thing I did not like about the movie was TARA REID. How in God's green earth did this girl EVER get into movies. The ONLY thing I have ever liked her in was "Scrubs", and I think it's because she seems truer to that character.

The outtakes at the end are good, so don't turn it off too soon.


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