National Lampoon's Van Wilder

National Lampoon's Van Wilder

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Director: Walter Becker

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson

     
 

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The "National Lampoon" franchise is resurrected for another politically incorrect collegiate romp with this R-rated gross-out sex comedy. National Lampoon's Van Wilder revolves around the exploits of its title character (Ryan Reynolds), a seventh-year senior who's made it his goal in life to help each and every Coolidge College undergrad succeed in life -- orSee more details below

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The "National Lampoon" franchise is resurrected for another politically incorrect collegiate romp with this R-rated gross-out sex comedy. National Lampoon's Van Wilder revolves around the exploits of its title character (Ryan Reynolds), a seventh-year senior who's made it his goal in life to help each and every Coolidge College undergrad succeed in life -- or at least in bed. Van's charmed life seems to have an expiration date, however; his father (Tim Matheson) has cut off his presumably vast allowance. Financial insecurity doesn't phase the big man on campus, and he soon starts up a lucrative cottage industry as a planner of high-priced campus blowouts. When an enterprising reporter from the college paper gets wind of Van's liberal interpretation of the school's code of conduct, it seems his gig is up -- unless, of course, he can charm the hard-edged Gwen (Tara Reid) into accepting his uniquely skewed world view. In addition to Matheson, Van Wilder features cameos from a number of '80s teen movie stalwarts, including Edie McClurg, Paul Gleason, and Erik Estrada.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Though it'll never be confused with Animal House, National Lampoon's Van Wilder at least supplies a healthy dose of righteously R-rated, un-p.c. gags, delivered with effortless charisma by lead Ryan Reynolds. Timing is everything in no-brainer comedies like this, and Reynolds -- channeling Real Genius-era Val Kilmer and Matthew Broderick's Ferris Bueller in equal measure -- gives even the stalest one-liners a sprightly, tossed-off spin. If anything, Van Wilder is too worshipful of the '80s college pics it imitates: the cameos from Erik Estrada, Dr. Joyce Brothers, and other past-their-prime self-parodists are more annoying than cheeky (though the casting of Tim Matheson as Wilder's affluent dad is truly inspired). In fact, about the only thing that indicates that Van Wilder was made in the post-Farrelly brothers 21st century is the emphasis on gross-out comedy, and it handicaps the picture. It's so full of good-natured charm that an elaborate "don't eat the dog-semen-fortified pastry" schtick, for instance, only detracts from the fun.
Boston Globe
Reynold's boyish, sweet-natured comic appeal makes Van Wilder better than it has a right to be.
Hollywood Reporter
For a film like this to work, the hero must be as charming as he is irrepressible, and Reynolds, star of the ABC series Two Guys and a Girl, fits the bill.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2007
UPC:
0012236216919
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
29,525

Special Features

1080P High Definition; 16x9 Widescreen Version; 7.1 PCM Audio; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX Audio; English and Spanish Subtitles; Party Legends, Pledges and "Bull" -ies; Drunken Idiot Kommentary; Ultimate College Party Guide; Gwen-ezuma's Revenge; Testicles of the Animal Kingdom - Interactive Quizzicle; Write That Down - Quotes From and Inspired by the Film; Sugarcult "Bouncing Off the Walls" Music Video; Deleted Scenes; Outtakes; Burly TV Specials "Half Baked," "Imposter," "Movie Junky"; Comedy Central's "Reel Comedy: National Lampoon's Van Wilder"; Van Wilder Blu-Book Exam: Exclusive Blu-Ray Interactive Game.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan Reynolds Van Wilder
Tara Reid Gwen Pearson
Tim Matheson Vance Wilder, Sr.
Kal Penn Taj Mahal Badalandabad
Daniel Cosgrove Richard Bagg
Deon Richmond Mini Cochran
Emily Rutherfurd Jeannie
Curtis Armstrong Campus Cop
Kim Smith Casey
Paul Gleason Professor McDoogle
Erik Estrada Himself
Edie McClurg Campus Tour Guide
Joyce Brothers Herself
Sophia Bush Sally
Michelle Thomas Sherri

Technical Credits
Walter Becker Director
Peter Abrams Producer
Philip Von Alvensleben Executive Producer
James Bagoonas Cinematographer
Kirk D'Amico Executive Producer
Lucas Foster Executive Producer
Brent Goldberg Screenwriter
Dennis M. Hill Editor
Rachel Kamerman Production Designer
David Lawrence Score Composer
Robert L. Levy Producer
Jonathan Komack Martin Producer
Peter Nelson Co-producer
Ari Newman Co-producer
Andrew Panay Producer
Alexis Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Violette Musical Direction/Supervision
David Wagner Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Van Wilder
1. Assistant Auditions
2. Foreign Option
3. Hot New Story
4. Extension Program
5. Topless Tutor
6. Roller Party
7. Spreading the News
8. Ice Princess
9. Dinner Invite
10. Fooling Around
11. All Beef Franks
12. Save the Swim Team
13. Party Crashers
14. Wilder Days
15. Van Appeal
16. Van the Man

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