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National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002)



Critic Consensus: A derivative gross-out comedy that's short on laughs.

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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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Ryan Reynolds
as Van Wilder
Tara Reid
as Gwen Pearson
Tim Matheson
as Vance Wilder Sr.
Kal Penn
as Taj Mahal Badalandabad
Daniel Cosgrove
as Richard Bagg
Deon Richmond
as Mini Cochran
Alex Burns
as Gordon
Paul Gleason
as Prof. McDoogle
Eric Estrada
as Himself
Curtis Armstrong
as Campus Cop
Jason Winer
as Panos Patakos
Chris Owen
as Suicidal Freshman
Aaron Paul
as Wasted Guy
Kim Smith
as Casey
Teresa Hill
as Hot Female Doctor
Megan Gallagher
as Holyoke Hottie
Jason Hopkins
as Sick Boy
Lydia Hull
as Lindsey
Mark Chaet
as Business Manager
Michael Waltman
as Coach Ken Massey
Cynthia Fancher
as Ms. Haver
Lamar Odom
as Coolidge Chickadee Player
Nick Puga
as Pimply Faced Freshman
Joshua Swanson
as Annoyingly Peppy Freshman
Jenny Leone
as Desiree -- Perfect 10 Model
Jeremy Phillips
as Overweight Freshman
Darcy Shean
as Gwen's Mom
Harry Danner
as Dr. Beeverman
Tom Howard
as Gwen's Dad
John Colton
as Dr. Henke
Stacy Bellew
as Roller Girl
Gregg L. Daniel
as English Professor
Lauren Birkell
as Cheesy TV Announcer
Teesha Lobo
as Hot Indian Girl
Cheryl Bricker
as Mrs. Henke
Chris Sowers
as Thin Pledge
Colin Campbell
as Archive Guy
Willie Latimore
as Ming Impersonator
Sean Marquette
as Little Kid
Sterling Rice
as Little Girl
Albert Owens
as Another Doctor
Anderson Goncalves
as Dorky Brother
Anne Varnishung
as Gorgeous Secretary
Erik Aude
as Martial Arts Freshman
Sarah Fairfax
as Mrs. Seay
Travis McKenna
as Library Man
Andrew Bilgore
as Party Busting Cop
Alexia Chiaromonte
as Stunning Co-ed Freshman
Brent Goldberg
as Freshman Interviewee 1
David Wagner
as Freshman Interviewee 2
Chad Evans
as Stoner Freshman
Ryan Carlberg
as Worried Preppy Freshman
Matt Newton
as Male Sophomore
Edie McClurg
as Campus Tour Guide
Shaina Fewell
as Hot Senior
Megan Litwin
as Hotter Friend
Erik Estrada
as Erik Estrada
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Critic Reviews for National Lampoon's Van Wilder

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (34)

The grossest, most disgusting humor imaginable.

December 26, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Strangely likable and only about half as puerile as the average MTV reality series.

August 8, 2008 | Full Review…

There's one saving grace: Reynolds may look a lot like NL's Chevy Chase, but, hey, he's actually quite likeable.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Ho hum. Another week, another grossout teen comedy.

October 2, 2002 | Full Review…

Enthusiastically taking up the current teen movie concern with bodily functions, Walt Becker's film pushes all the demographically appropriate comic buttons.

September 9, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

An uneven mix of National Lampoon-style high jinks (yes, it feels slightly dated) and Farrelly-brothers touches tossed in for gross measure.

August 9, 2002 | Rating: C

Audience Reviews for National Lampoon's Van Wilder


Van Wilder is a decent little teen comedy with a fairly decent cast. Some of the plot has been recycled from better films, but it is mildly entertaining, but in the long run is a very forgettable film that is not worth rewatching or demands multiple viewing. National Lampoon's films by the early 2000's were becoming mediocre to decent, but Van Wilder isn't a bad film, it just isn't a good film either. I thought it had its moments, but never goes above what it should have been. If you're going into this film expecting another Animal House, you'll sadly be mistaken. The film boasts some laughs here and there, and Ryan Reynolds, who I find to be not too bad in terms of acting, makes the film quite enjoyable. There was plenty of room for improvement and considering that National Lampoon has some terrific comedies under their belt, the material could definitely be better. I think that Van Wilder leaves a lot to be desired and it could have been rewritten a few times in order to really make it a stand out feature. Walt Becker's direction is pretty good considering the so-so material. Expect to be mildly entertained by this one; however don't expect anything memorable as this one just doesn't hold like others like Animal House and Porky's. But it does provide decent comedic material even if it's not that good of a movie. Van Wilder is worth seeing once for what it's worth. The film does leave a lot to be desired and you are left wanting more out of the movie.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

An unabashed attempt to resurrect the Animal House franchise ... w/o the huevos rancheros to do so. Meh.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Flixter deletion? Not quite a classic, but Ryan Reynolds is in this role. Great plot and a lot of funny moments.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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