6.4/10
95,824
258 user 97 critic

Van Wilder (2002)

Trailer
2:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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

Director:

Writers:

, (as David T. Wagner)
Reviews
Popularity
2,770 ( 821)
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Mort Nathan
Stars: Kal Penn, Lauren Cohan, Daniel Percival
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Korean-American office worker and his Indian-American stoner friend embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers.

Director: Danny Leiner
Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Ethan Embry
Waiting... I (2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics.

Director: Rob McKittrick
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, John Francis Daley
Road Trip (2000)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Four college buddies embark on a road trip to retrieve an illicit tape mistakenly mailed to a female friend.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

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.

Director: Harvey Glazer
Stars: Jonathan Bennett, Kristin Cavallari, Kurt Fuller
Just Friends I (2005)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with -- a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.

Director: Roger Kumble
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents in hot pursuit.

Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris
EuroTrip (2004)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dumped by his girlfriend, a high school grad decides to embark on an overseas adventure in Europe with his friends.

Directors: Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jim and his friends are now in college, and they decide to meet up at the beach house for some fun.

Director: J.B. Rogers
Stars: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Shannon Elizabeth
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

It's the wedding of Jim and Michelle and the gathering of their families and friends, including Jim's old friends from high school and Michelle's little sister.

Director: Jesse Dylan
Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree.

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Stars: Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris
The Change-Up (2011)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Dave is a married man with three kids and a loving wife, and Mitch is a single man who is at the prime of his sexual life. One fateful night while Mitch and Dave are peeing in a fountain, lightning strikes and they switch bodies.

Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Van Wilder
... Gwen Pearson
... Vance Wilder Sr.
... Taj Mahal Badalandabad
... Hutch
... Richard Bagg
... Mini Cochran
Alex Burns ... Gordon
... Jeannie
... Professor McDoogle
... Erik Estrada
... Campus Cop
... Panos Patakos
... Suicidal Freshman
... Vernon
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Tradition Continues. 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:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Van Wilder  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In Gwen's parents house, Van Wilder says about Richard "If he is here, who's running hell?" The same line was used by Richard Ruccolo's character in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (1998), which Ryan Reynolds also starred in. See more »

Goofs

When Van is telling Taj that he can no longer afford to pay for his services, Hutch and the dog change positions many times. See more »

Quotes

Van Wilder: Dinner for two. Me and you. Clothing optional.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References A Time to Kill (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Do-Si-Do
Written by Rod Sherwood, Daniel Berhaph, Mark McAdam, Pete McNeal, Kit Pongetti
Performed by Sumac
Courtesy of V2 Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Hilariously funny!
14 April 2004 | by See 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.


62 of 95 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 258 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed