Van Wilder

April 5th, 2002

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Van Wilder

Still of Ryan Reynolds in Van WilderStill of Curtis Armstrong in Van WilderRyan Reynolds at event of Van WilderVan Wilder (center right, RYAN REYNOLDS) with his cronies: Panos Patakos (left, JASON WINER), Hutch (center left, TECK HOLMES) and Taj Mahal Badalandabad (right, KAL PENN)Still of Tara Reid and Ryan Reynolds in Van WilderStill of Paul Gleason in Van Wilder

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

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.2/10 (44,658 voted)

Critic's Score: 26/100

Director: Walt Becker

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson

Van Wilder is a guy who has been at his college for seven years. He spends most of his time throwing parties and "fund raisers". When his father decides that it's time for tough love, he doesn't pay his tuition. So Van becomes a professional party thrower. At the same time, Gwen who writes for the college paper, is tasked with doing a story on him, but Van is too busy partying to do that. So she writes it using info from people who talk about him and writes an unflattering piece, which doesn't make him happy. He then dares her to see if she can get the true story but is more interested in trying to score with her, which is not easy because she has a boyfriend, who is a snob, and who is not too happy with the amount time she is spending with him. So he tries to get rid of him.

Writers: Brent Goldberg, David Wagner

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 - Gordon
Emily Rutherfurd - Jeannie
Paul Gleason - Professor McDoogle
Erik Estrada - Himself
Curtis Armstrong - Campus Cop
Jason Winer - Panos Patakos
Chris Owen - Suicidal Freshman
Simon Helberg - Vernon

Taglines: If you're going for an advanced degree in partying...Why graduate?

Release Date: 5 April 2002

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,302,913 (USA) (7 April 2002) (2022 Screens)

Gross: $21,005,329 (USA) (12 May 2002)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (unrated version)

Did You Know?

Many of the story elements in "Van Wilder" came from a Rolling Stone article called "The Undergraduate," about the college career of comedian Bert Kreischer which was optioned by Oliver Stone.

Continuity: Van's doodle repeatedly flips over between shots when Van visits Gwen in the women's locker room.

Van Wilder: [while the dog is walking away, and his balls have shrunk] Looks like all he needed was a little TLC

User Review

A big surprize

Rating: 8/10

i didn't expect much coming into this movie, i didn't hear much about it and Van wilder was one of the national lampoon movies without Chevy Chase. however this movie surpassed all my expectations. Van Wilder defines the slapstick teen comedy of the new millennium. loaded with sexual humor and innuendo, Van Wilder keep the laughs coming. i believe Tara Reid was at her hottest in this movie, and believe it or not, there are a ton of quotable lines to live by in this film. as for the plot, its just about some guy who doesn't wanna leave the college he calls his home until he meets a girl that makes him realize his own potential. this film was much better then the last 2 American pies put together. this is a true popcorn movie to watch with your friends.

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