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Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006)

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

Writers:

David Drew Gallagher, Brent Goldberg (characters) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kal Penn ... Taj
Lauren Cohan ... Charlotte
Daniel Percival Daniel Percival ... Pip
Glen Barry ... Seamus
Anthony Cozens Anthony Cozens ... Gethin
Steven Rathman Steven Rathman ... Simon
Holly Davidson ... Sadie
Tom Davey Tom Davey ... Percy
William de Coverly William de Coverly ... Roger
Beth Steel Beth Steel ... Penelope
Amy Steel Amy Steel ... Alexandra
Jonathan Cecil Jonathan Cecil ... Provost Cunningham
Roger Hammond ... Camford Dean
Kulvinder Ghir ... Taj's Father
Shobu Kapoor ... Taj's Mother
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Storyline

Having graduated in the US as Van Wilder disciple, now self-confident Taj Mahal. arrives as 'don' (teaching assistant) history at England's super-prestigious Cambridge. He falls victim to the haughty, aristocratic leading fraternity's president Pip's usual prank for 'commoners', landing in the derelict 'barn' with other 'social outcasts'. But Taj decides to band the rejects into a new fraternity, Cocks & Bulls, which under his leadership challenges Pip's in the annual all-round excellence championship. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

The Legend is Growing.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive crude sexual content, some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,313,372, 3 December 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,261,350

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,821,159, 8 April 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The two reporters' bylines in the newspaper articles are "Anita Hanjaab" and "Mike Oxsbig", which sound just like... Well, you can figure it out. See more »

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During the scene where Taj and Charlotte are about to have sex in The Barn, in several scenes you can obviously see Charlotte's character wearing flesh-colored tape over her nipples. See more »

Quotes

Taj: verticle smile, scrambled eggs between the legs, sunny side up on the way to the butt
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References The Care Bears Family (1985) See more »

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Nuthin' But a Dawg
Written by Rodney Williams, Steven Dever
Performed by Mushock
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Don't watch this
2 December 2006 | by rockeymallaviaSee all my reviews

First let me start by saying I was a huge Van Wilder fan and enjoy all of Kal Penn's work, be it in Van Wilder, Harold & Kumar, and even American Desi. This film, however, was a disaster. The plot is unimaginative; Taj arrives in a British university and leads a misfit group of losers against a wealthy, socially elite house in an intra-fraternal competition. The object of Taj's affection unfortunately winds up being the girlfriend of his biggest antagonist, the head of the rival fraternity house (see the original Van Wilder for a blatantly similar romantic situation).

This just wasn't funny at all. I crack up pretty easily and laughed less than 5 or 6 times during an hour an a half. And even then, I was forcing it just because I felt like I forked down $10, and if I didn't even laugh once, I'd have been bamboozled of my money. The only redeeming scenes are those featuring Taj's parents, who are in the film for less than 10 minutes and managed to pull my rating from a 1 to a 2. Every other joke was corny, unfunny, and otherwise dull. The writing and directing were so uninspired that it was actually painful to watch this movie. The problem with this film was half conceptual too, since Taj was only funny in Van Wilder in the limited doses we got. Goofy Indian accents aren't enough to carry an hour and a half long poorly written train wreck, and that's what we saw here.

The thing that really bothered me was that I could feel Kal Penn's career dying before my eyes. I really don't know how anyone who read this script could agree to do it, especially him, because he was the only actor with a future in this movie. He had at least moderate buzz going for him after a string of decent performances, and then releases this nonsense. I can only hope that movie studios will forgive him, because it was difficult to watch this.


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